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The Cittie of Yorke, with it's grand interior, is owned by the Samuel Smith brewery. Located on Holborn in London, the pub dates from 1924 although there are records of a pub being on the site since 1430.

The Cittie of Yorke with it’s grand interior is owned by the Samuel Smith brewery. Located on Holborn in London, the pub dates from 1924 although there are records of a pub being on the site since 1430.

The Angel pub is located near Tottenham Court Road directly across the road from Google's shiny new central London offices. Originally built in 1898 the pub was originally called the Bowl. It's exterior is hardly inviting and until relatively recently I didn't realise that it was owned by Samuel Smith. They purchased it from Courage in the late 1990s/early 2000s and restored it's interior which had become quite run down. There is now a public bar, a lounge and a snug. You can view more photos and read a review on Travels with Beer.

Samuel Smith is well known for running historical pubs (e.g. the Cittie of Yorke, Crown and Sugarloaf, Ye Olde Murenger House) and Robert Raikes's House in Gloucester is a one good example. The building dates back to 1560 and the brewery spent £4.5 million pub restoring it to its original state. Visiting the pub is like stepping into a house that's just been built during Tudor times. You can view more photos and read more about the pub at Travels with Beer.

The Cittie of Yorke is a grade II listed pub located in London. Owned by Samuel Smith, the pub dates from the 1920s but public houses have existed ont he site since 1430. You can view a shot of the interior here.

A lone drinker on a quiet Monday evening at the Murenger pub in Newport, South Wales. The pub is very dark so I had to set the camera to 3200 ISO.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a very well known pub located on Fleet Street, London. The pub was originally built in 1538, destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt in 1667. The pub is a maze of rooms and bars and the cellar is believed to have belonged to a 13th century Carmelite Monastery which once occupied the site. The pub is dimly lit which makes taking photos without a tripod very difficult hence using an ISO of 3200. You can read a review of the pub and view more photos at Travels with Beer.

Samuel Smith's Sovereign Bitter and Old Brewery Bitter taps at The Angel in Rotherhithe, London. The pub is is situated on the south of the Thames and has excellent views of Tower Bridge.

Whilst there has been a pub on this site since 1430, the interior of the present day Cittie of Yorke dates from a 1924 refurbishment when it was owned by wine merchants George Henekey & Co. (note the wine vats on the top left of the photo). Sam Smiths acquired the pub in 1979 and named it the Cittie of Yorke after a long-vanished pub across the road in Staple Inn. An interesting feature of the pub is a fireplace located in the centre of the pub which has three faces, and dates from 1815. It is rare in having an underground flue - the draught pulls the smoke back down and out.

Two Samuel Old Brewery Bitter pumps from the Rising Sun in Smithfield, London. As it was lunchtime on a Saturday, Smithfield was a ghost town and I had the pub to myself to take some shots.