Worth coming to for the old school decor, even if you donít like Sam Smithís. Luckily I donít mind their beers. Highlight of my last visit was a friend discovering that braziers are hot if you perch on them. Can get a bit busy and touristy, unsurprisingly.
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.
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.
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.
An attractive pub oozing olde worlde charm - thereís a drinking corridor leading to wood panelled rooms, little private booths in the main bar, a lofty roof space reminiscent of a Tudor banqueting hall and, on a ledge high above the bar, a collection of large wooden barrels. Unfortunately the beer choice is limited (itís a Sam Smithís pub) and the service can be painfully slow but itís worth a visit just to see the place.
(Last visited 25 October 2014).
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.
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.
The last of our historic pubs tour of Holborn and Bloomsbury. The Cittie of York is a bit of a tourist trap with its long bar and cosy snugs. The beer is of the Sam Smiths range with one beer on hand pull then keg and bottles. Worth a look for its historic value if not for the beer.
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.