North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Cittie Of Yorke

22 High Holborn
Telephone(020) 7242 7670
Real AleReal FireQuiet PubFamily FriendlyLunchtime MealsEvening MealsDisabled Access
Opening times: Mon–Sat 12:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-20:00
Regular beers: Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

A Grade II listed building and a CAMRA Heritage Pub. A pub has been on this site since 1430,; a coffee house in the C17, the brick cellars may be from this era. However, the main splendour, the rear room, comes from a 1923/4 rebuild as a romantic evocation of Olde Englande. A large cubic clock and bright copper sign stand out above street level; grand entrance doors lead to a long corridor, ornate plaster ceiling with Yorkshire rose bosses. Off the corridor a comfortable lounge; the cellar bar with food servery; and the back bar, a great timber hall with high pitched roof, long bar, carved wooden booths (or carrels), some huge, ornamental vats above of some antiquity and an unusual, triangular island stove, (maybe) from Napoleonic era.

With thanks to Boak & Bailey - Originally a past of the Henekey's pub chain founded in 1831. As the 20th century wound to a close, many old brewing and pub businesses found themselves in trouble. Henekey’s was no different. By the 1970s, the Henekey’s chain was part of the Trusthouse Forte empire. Then, towards the end of the 1970s, Trusthouse Forte began selling off pubs. Samuel Smith snapped up some of the best in around 1979.