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.
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 Smiths’ standard, which is nice, but available all over London in nicer settings.
Pub’s 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.
A Sam Smith’s pub is better, IMO, than the other biggies. Plus, this is the lowest amount I’ve paid for a pint since a visit to Newcastle in 1999. Sure, it’s full of douchebags that work in the high rises (er, like me....), but the beer is tasty and inexpensive.
Impressive Samuel Smiths pub on High Holborn. Really beautiful place with several meters up to the ceiling, a long bar and several small booths along the walls. One cask ale, Old Brewery Bitter, and a decent selection of Sam Smiths bottled beers (cold as ice). Efficient staff, but I’m not sure they had much of a clue to what they were serving. Nice place though, worht a visit for a couple of ratings.
Beautiful Samuel Smith pub, previously known as Henneky’s. Vast 1920s ’Tudor’ interior takes visitors by surprise. It’s a bit like drinking in the nave of a parish church. Needs to be crowded to have a real atmosphere, but I quite like it on saturday afternoons when it’s quiet. Service is patchy but generally OK - the beer likewise. A better Samuel Smith pint is to be found up the hill at the Princess Louise.