Having read about the Cittie of Yorke in several places, including on Tasty Fever, I decided I must visit it. As pubs go, it has one the best interiors I have seen. The back bar has high sloped ceilings with wooden rafters, stained glass windows, a long wooden bar, huge beer barrels balanced above it, bulbous lights hanging from the ceiling and cozy looking booths skirted by wood arches. All this makes the pub exactly what I image an 1800’s London drinking houses looking like (save the electric lights, of course). Awkwardly though, there was a Deal-or-No-Deal video game machine in one corner that looks very out of place amongst the magnificent interior.
From the outside, you would be forgiving for not thinking it is a pub worth visiting. A long corridor as you enter makes you wonder what you’re in for. The only brew served is Sam Smith, and I found their stout very enjoyable. The pricing of pints are strange though – the Extra Stout was £2.41 and the Mountain Larger £2.87. I will have to find other Sam Smith breweries soon to try the others. I didn’t visit the front bar or the cellar kitchen, which is another excuse for me to go back.
I stopped in around 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon and the place was very quiet, with just one large group of what seemed like students, at the back. By 5:00 PM though, it was packed with the office crowd, which is to be expected.
According to the interwebs, a public house of some form has stood at this site since 1430. This history makes visiting London’s drinking houses all the more enjoyable. At a place like this, a little imagination is all it takes to conjure up a roaring fireplace inside, horses tied up outside while their masters bartered stories while drinking ale from a big, wooden mug.