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The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn - pub details

Cittie of Yorke
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Address: 22 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 446) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Chancery Lane (0.1 miles), Holborn (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations Farringdon (0.4 miles), City Thameslink (0.5 miles), Blackfriars (0.7 miles)

Brewery: Samuel Smith's

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> Current user rating: 6.9/10 (rated by 240 users)
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user reviews of the Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

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Has to be seen to be believed. You can enter a doorway off a 21st century London street and find yourself transported back to the medieval (OK, maybe not medieval, but early modern, I’ll defend that one.) it’s hard to adequately describe it. My Dad took me in here in the 80’s and I was gobsmacked (being a history buff helped). It hasn’t changed in the intervening 40 years. It’s like a time capsule.

Anyone who hasn’t visited it should.

Owned by Sam Smiths, it serves their range of booze, so you know what to expect.

I absolutely love the wooden booths in which you can ensconce yourself. You can imagine the lawyers of the last 4 or 5 centuries holding meetings with their clients in these booths over a pint of ale before facing the King’s justice in the nearby law courts. Some of those conversations must have been worth hearing. If you shut your eyes you can hear them, they are recorded in the wood, and those who know how to listen can have them replayed in their imaginations.

This is never going to be your local boozer where you can pass many an idle hour drinking and yakking your life away, but for pure experience, even if you just visit the once, this is not to be missed.

Must be a 10/10 for the experience alone.
Jay28 - 17 Jan 2023 17:22
Recent Saturday afternoon visit so relatively quiet / empty. Beautiful look, great ambience. Not sure how much i would have enjoyed it if packed with lawyers but great to sit with the missus in one of the cubbies and enjoy a round.
aerodrome - 24 Dec 2019 00:26
Excellent pub, full of character and architectural curiosities. Like many Sam Smiths pubs the beer is always top quality (i know it's not to everyone's taste) and refreshingly old school. The ale here has the advantage of not sitting too long in the barrel and pipes like so many nearby pubs that seem to offer a 'choice' of different (bland, generic, inoffensive) beers. Always a diversity of people, socialising or pondering the mean of life, and I've been here quite a few times and have always received friendly service.
alebarry - 23 Mar 2018 19:23
Worth visiting if only to see the "Victorian Baronial" rear room. Sam Smith's OBB in good condition.
Aztecgoat - 9 Dec 2016 10:43
Rude bar staff
stuart1234 - 18 Dec 2014 00:30

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