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Cittie of Yorke

Address: 22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BV
Telephone: 020 7242 7670

See larger photos of the Cittie of Yorke, Holborn.

The Cittie of Yorke appears to be an historic Sam Smiths pub right in the heart of the legal centre of London. The pub has a tudor feel inside but this is a 1924 confection – rather like the King and Queen pub in Brighton. That said, the pub is very ornate and interesting, and is a Grade 2 listed building. There apparently has been a pub on this site since the 15th century.

Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

Entrance to the main part of the pub is down a passageway which leads to the rear bar area. A side staircase tempts you down to the cellar bar but that is only open at busy times. Once you’re inside, the actual bar stretches down the left side and there are enormous barrels of various sizes up on a gantry above it.

There are some tables in the open area and in the dark front room, but there are a number of seating cubicles – a feature found in some other Sam Smiths pubs in London notably the Chandos in Charing Cross and the Lyceum in Covent Garden.

If you’re not familiar with Sam Smiths pub it may surprise you to know that they only carry their own beer and lager brands. The Cittie of Yorke does actually still feature the cask version of Old Brewery Bitter (rare now) but this is the only real ale available – cheap though at £1.90 in early 2011.

There are a number of keg Sam Smiths beers available and an amazing selection of Sam Smiths bootled beers in the fridges. I’d forgotten just how many different beers that Sam Smiths make. Unfortunately no non-alcoholic beers feature in the selection. On asking for a coffee instead, I was surprised to be made a cup of instant from a jar – not quite what I was expecting!

Food is available lunchtimes and evenings but I’ve never eaten here.

The pub is closed on Sundays.

Last visited: January 2011

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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