A Sam Smiths pub, so you pretty much know what youíre getting in terms of the beer; although, I actually found a beer here on tap that I have never seen before and that only had ten rates (Yorkshire Bitter). What I really loved about this place was the interior. I donít know whether itís authentic or not, but the feel of the place is great. Not totally sure how to describe it, though I would say it reminded me somehow of the Harry Potter movies. As with all Sam pubs the draft beer is dirt cheap, so thatís nice. Bartender was pleasant. Absolutely worth a visit if youíre in the area.
Historic pub: Long wooden floored, high ceilinged room with many booths down one side for cosy or raucous groups. Good selection of Samuel Smith beers and other drinks.
Strebs (213) St. Louis, Missouri | July 2, 2011| Updated March 5, 2014
Even though the decor is faux medieval done during the Victorian age, itís a real treat. Situated in an extremely busy section of London, the Cittie of Yorke offers a welcome respite from the crowds. As with all Sam Smith pubs that Iíve visited, the food was good and satisfying...definitely a cut above all other tied pub groups in England. That their bitter is consistently less expensive than the bitter at other pubs is a plus, but I canít but be disappointed that the other beers in Sam Smithís range, that are exported to the US, are never available in their London pubs...no Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter, or Old Brewery Pale Ale...all superior to their bitter on tap.
One of theeee great old London pubs. Been here many a time in pre rating days. Not sure there are too many 1420 features still visible but it looks and feels like a very grand and very old pub. Wood everywhere. Old fashioned private drinking booths. Yep itís Sam Smith so the beers are limited but fine. If I was as Rich as Roman I would buy this place, serve craft beer and ban hipsters. Amen.
Wow what an amazingly cool bar, I feel like I am in the church of beer. Service was generic no idea about our stuff, lots of euro students but prices were good and the atmosphere fantastic. Most beautiful pub I visited. Bonus Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter served out of oak casks. Great selection of Sam Smith at good prices. Simply beautiful place, I am glad I stumbled on it.
Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 18, 2016
We visited here on Thursday 17th March 2016, we being me, Dad and Barry. This is another place that I had been to before and quite frequently many years ago with Loz. Itís a 7-8 minutes stroll from Craft Clerkenwell to here and just 2-3 mins from The Penderel Oak. Itís on High Holborn and so is well connected transport wise with Chancery Lane underground just a couple of minutes or two walk and lots of buses plying there way along here. This is a most attractive place it always reminds me of an old baronial hall, I think a touch Germanic also, lots of old dark wood, a the right time of day this is a very atmospheric place but not today when it was heaving. We didnít hang around for long, beer choice is Sam Smiths so you know itís limited choice. A great place for a historic pub crawl.
This is a lovely place to drink. Sam Smiths beers are fine, but a bit of choice would make this place world class and me a regular visitor. Visit during the day when it is quiet, because it loses all its atmosphere as soon as the city crowd pour in at 5.30pm.
This is a place to take tourists if ever there is. It is a lovely pub. The dark walled room on the left as you walk in should be looked into, but not used, instead carry on into the main bar.
On the lefthand side is a long bar with huge barrels sat above, on the right are little booths with enough room for two people on each bench. There is a central radiator and brown tiles toilets. It is like stepping back in time.
The only cask beer is Sam Smithís Old Brewery Bitter which is a shame, but there are all the other Sam Smith beers and spirits to choose from too.
I love drinking in here and often use it as a meeting place when organising London days out with friends.