Cittie of Yorke Pub

London, England

The Cittie of Yorke Pub in London is not actually as old as it looks!

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Discover the Cittie of Yorke Pub in London

Tucked away on High Holborn in London’s legal quarter, is the historic Cittie of Yorke pub. Despite its unassuming exterior, adorned with a swinging copper sign proclaiming its ties to Yorkshire's oldest brewery, and a mock-Tudor facade, the pub holds a Grade II listed status.

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Originally established on the site of a public house in 1430, the current building is an example of 20th-century architecture designed to evoke a sense of the past. The result is a semi-authentic historic pub that captivates visitors with its timeless appeal and abundant character.

Attention to detail is evident in every nook and cranny of the pub, from its dingy and warren-like layout to its wobbly floors and dark wood alcoves. It is no wonder then that the Cittie of Yorke has earnt itself a listing in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

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- Ewan Munro

Cittie of Yorke Pub History

Interestingly, the Cittie of Yorke pub is a mixture of faux-historic charm and genuine historical elements. While the pub's Edwardian exterior may suggest centuries of existence, it was actually constructed in the 20th century, although it does feature parts of older buildings.

Though it is likely that a pub has existed on the site since the 15th century, the current iteration of the Cittie of Yorke was rebuilt in 1923-1924, possibly to designs by Ernest R. Barrow.

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Despite its relatively young age, the Cittie of Yorke was designed to evoke the ambiance of Olde England, drawing inspiration from the Arts & Crafts Movement and the romanticised imagery of mediaeval taverns.

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Inside the Cittie of Yorke Pub

One of the most iconic features of the Cittie of Yorke is the lengthy, sparkling Henekeys long bar in the main room, complemented by 1,000-gallon wine vats perched above, hinting at the pub's rich history. As the longest pub bar in England this legendary fixture has attracted visitors for decades, including the likes of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who is said to have found inspiration within the pub, even writing a poem based on the bar!

The main room also has old barrels and framed portraits from Vanity Fair circa 1870 lining the walls. Bright labels indicate offerings from Sam Smith's brewery, adding a splash of colour to the otherwise rustic tableau. On the right of the bar are confessional booths, small spaces originally designed for lawyers working nearby to chat with their clients in privacy. Today, they offer the perfect intimate setting for couples.

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Meanwhile, down a level, you'll find the cosy cellar bar. The entrance is marked by the Latin phrase 'IN VINO VERITAS,' translating to 'in wine, there's truth.' In contrast, the back bar, one of the pub’s most loved areas, has a high-pitched open roof, glazed upper rooms, and resplendent arcade. Carrels tucked away in aisles provide more intimate drinking areas, reminiscent of historic Northern Irish pubs.

Despite its historic details, the Cittie of Yorke, with its laid back staff, remains a welcoming and accessible space for all. From the snug booths nestled beneath ancient wooden beams to the secluded courtyard garden, there's no shortage of inviting spaces to relax and unwind.

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- John Keogh

Visiting the Cittie of Yorke Pub

True to its traditional roots and location in the heart of London's brewing scene, the Cittie of Yorke has an impressive selection of ales and beers, drawing ale enthusiasts from far and wide. Whether you prefer a classic pint of bitter or a craft brew with a modern twist, the pub's well-stocked bar is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

The pub also serves classically hearty food. From traditional British staples such as fish and chips to comfort dishes, the menu offers something for everyone. The mouthwatering pies filled with savoury meats or vegetables, perfectly paired with creamy mashed potatoes and rich gravy, are among visitors' favourites. Additionally, the pub offers a selection of sandwiches, burgers, and salads for lighter options, all made with fresh ingredients.

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Our Thoughts…

In a city known for its modern, fast-paced lifestyle, The Cittie of Yorke invites its patrons to relax and take it easy within its old-world styled interior. Whether it's local suits, curious tourists, or budget-conscious students, the pub caters to London’s typically diverse clientele. So, the next time you find yourself wandering the streets of London, be sure to visit The Cittie of Yorke!

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- Matthew Black

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Cittie of Yorke Pub
22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BN
51.518517, -0.112813
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