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Cittie of Yorke, WC1

22 High Holborn
WC1
WC1V 6BS
Phone: 02072427670
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hondo . left this review about Cittie of Yorke

Sam Smith's pub with a mock tudor style interior. The main bar has a vaulted ceiling and little snugs down one side. Interesting fire as well

On 8th October 2019 - no rating submitted
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Jon B left this review about Cittie Of Yorke

is this the closest thing to a ‘Sam Smiths drinking barn’? certainly I don’t think Humphrey would be too happy if he paid a visit here. It has a cocktail menu (!) and is almost Wetherspoons like in atmosphere, though olde worlde enough. A long thin pub with plenty of cosy booths but it didn’t quite feel as wondrous as other SS pubs in the vicinity.

On 14th May 2019 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about Cittie Of Yorke

Apparently, there has been a pub of some sort on this site since 1430, but I can’t find record of one in the last 200 years. The Cittie of Yorke supposedly harks back to the reign of Henry VI, though this pub started life as a branch of Heneky’s wine bars when it was built during the reign of George V, around 1923.
I first started coming here when I was a law student. The legal premises are no longer here, so now it’s unlikely to be a student hangout. It was certainly a place where qualified barristers would chat up female students, probably offering the chance of pupillage, possibly in exchange for…
A return visit after 21 years and the carpeted front bar seems unchanged, though we rarely ventured in there. The only obvious alteration is that the floor is now wooden, no longer paved with flagstones which maybe were less glass-friendly. Perhaps it was a question of Health & Safety (or fafety as it would have been written in Plantagenet England)? The cavernous beamed interior remains, looking for all the world like some mediaeval baronial dining hall, especially with the enormous vats above the bar; all that’s missing to complete the illusion is a harlequined jester gambolling with an inflated pig’s bladder on a stick and a live lute band to accompany the court masque. There is a fantastic triangular island stove which, according to CAMRA, could be Napoleonic. Then there are the side stalls of course, looking for all the world like jumbo confessional boxes though that would be unlikely as Henry VIII would have destroyed them during the Reformation; getting in early doors to bag one is a good tip.
An extraordinary number of customers in here were clearly from south-east Asia, drawn to the authentic tableau of Merry England, made all the more complete for want of Wi-Fi.
Ales: Old Brewery on cask at £1.60 a half.
This place is ok for a while, but the novelty wears thin, all the more quickly due to the lack of ale choice. If drinkers want a slightly more authentic period experience, the Olde Mitre isn’t far from here. Again, like the Princess Louise, I’d bring a friend here who’d never been, but I wouldn’t stay for long.

On 24th February 2018 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Farringdon (London), 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.69 miles, 51 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 September 2013 by Malden man
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  • WiFi : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
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