Visited here on 29th October í12 for no other reason than weíd been in Craft Clerkenwell and I wanted to show an American friend a grade II listed pub. I certainly didnít come for the great Sam Smiths beers! Last time I visited (2004/5) you could still pick up a pint of cask bitter for around the £1.60 mark when the rest of London was typically £2.50/60.
Didnít really fancy the bland bitter so decided to split a bottle of something a little tastier and plumped for Oatmeal Stout from the fridge. Be Warned ... £5.50 !!! Should have checked, but was not expecting that price when you can buy better bottled beers imported from the US in London pubs for these kind of bucks so I donít see how SS can justify charging this for their own product in their own bar ! Live and learn I guess. Service was prompt and despite being here at 8pm on a Monday night all of the booths opposite the bar were taken. Good atmosphere filled with a mix of suits and tourists.
The Cittie of Yorke is a massive Sam Smiths pub located near Chancery Lane tube station. As others have noted in their reviews, the interior of the pub is most impressive. Huge wooden barrels hang above the bar. Thereís plenty of seating. The pub is often crowded, mostly filled by legal professionals who work nearby. The selection includes all the usual Sam Smiths Beers youíd expect. Overall, itís a fine place to visit. Though if I had to visit only one Sam Smiths pub in the area, Iíd opt for the Princess Louise instead.
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.
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.
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.
Not really a fan as Sam Smiths goes. Downstairs food bit feels like a pub, not a school canteen. Most Smithes have a far nicer ambience. Selection is Smithsí standard, which is nice, but available all over London in nicer settings.
Pubís main attraction is architectural, but the Sam Smiths beers are well kept as well which is a bonus. I have never eaten in this pub therefore left the food rating blank. We were served quickly on a busy Friday night on my January visit with a friend, and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Loads of "snugs" and discreet intimate corners to drink in. Well worth a visit for the experience.
Another Sam Smiths pub. Beautiful pub though with wooden fitted interior. Wide hall style with charming booths along the side. Massive wooden vintage vats on display above the bar. Ten hand pumps available. It was busy at lunch time with locals chatting away about football and, er well football. Fun place.