Aug 7 16

Cittie of Yorke, High Holborn, WC1

Jack Cutforth

Visited: 30 July by JC & JB

cittie of yorke

After visiting Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, we stuck to the ‘Really Old Samuel Smiths pubs’ vibe (shut up, that’s a real vibe) with the Cittie of Yorke on High Holborn.

From the oddly spelt name, you might suspect that they’re just doing that thing where you add the letter ‘e’ to the end of words to make it seem older, but to be fair there’s been a pub on this site for about seven hundred years. The current building dates from the relatively recent 1920s. It’s an impressive facade as well – I believe the architectural style is ‘lots of wood and also stone and leaded windows’.

Inside it’s just as impressive. It’s completely different to the Cheshire Cheese – where that was all dark enclosed spaces, the Yorke is in the style of a grand dining hall. There’s one long bar at the side, and several old fashioned booths in which to sit. It was surprisingly empty on the Saturday night that we visited, which was a shame because we bet the atmosphere in that large hall is great when it’s busy. Another disappointment is the cellar bar was closed during our visit – but we’ve heard good things about it.

The usual caveats about Sam Smiths pubs apply: a kind of limited choice of drinks, and their lagers aren’t to everyone’s taste, but you can’t argue with the price, particularly with a location like this.

This pub has history, character, and a massive bar. If you still don’t want to visit, you’re probably on the wrong website.

Beer: 2
Price: 5
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3

Do they do food? Usual pub grub on offer.
Are they in the 21st Century? Contactless, but with a 1.58% surcharge.
Are there dogs? Definitely dog friendly.
I want to smoke: Stand outside and enjoy the building.
Are there televisions? You’re in the wrong pub.