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 - there’s 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 (it’s a Sam Smith’s pub) and the service can be painfully slow but it’s 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 it’s 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 ’12 for no other reason than we’d been in Craft Clerkenwell and I wanted to show an American friend a grade II listed pub. I certainly didn’t 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.
Didn’t 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 don’t 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. There’s 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 you’d expect. Overall, it’s a fine place to visit. Though if I had to visit only one Sam Smiths pub in the area, I’d 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 Smith’s 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 you’re 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 don’t know whether it’s 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 that’s nice. Bartender was pleasant. Absolutely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Strebs (221) St. Louis, Missouri | July 2, 2011| Updated March 5, 2014
Even though the decor is faux medieval done during the Victorian age, it’s 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 I’ve 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 can’t but be disappointed that the other beers in Sam Smith’s 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.