The Samuel Smith Legacy

In 1847, John Smith bought a brewery in Tadcaster, Yorkshire, and opened John Smith’s Brewery. When he relocated to a different building nearby in 1886, he left the old site to his nephew, Samuel. This is how Samuel Smith’s, Yorkshire’s oldest brewery, came in to existence.

Since it’s creation, the brewery has occupied a place in most beer lovers’ hearts, with over 200 pubs in operation around the United Kingdom. All beers, ales, spirits and soft drinks are produced at their Tadcaster Brewery, and they do not play any music or TV in any of their establishments, which all have a Victorian aesthetic, making them the go-to local for the more Orwellian pub dwellers. Moreover, their prices are unbeatable, with pints starting at £2.85. Here are some Sam Smith’s pubs that should not be missed:

The Cittie of Yorke

This 1920s-style establishment on Chancery Lane is one of the brewery’s biggest prides, with high, vaulted ceilings, intimate drinking booths and a cellar bar – for those who can’t find a seat upstairs. The pub is located in Holborn, and the brewery’s Yorkshire prices are a welcome respite for locals living in this pricey part of London.

The Chandos

The Chandos, a street-corner bar in Trafalgar Square, is another favourite amongst Londoners, with its dark mahogany outside and stain glassed windows. Popular with London university students, who otherwise might not be able to afford their weekends out, The Chandos has been around since the 1930s.

The Crown and Sugarloaf

Nestled just off Fleet Street is an other-worldly pub of great beauty: The Crown and Sugarloaf. Boasting mosaic floors and a veined marble bar-top, this water-hole should be a first-stop for anyone looking to drink a quiet, atmospheric while they read their copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Fall of the House of Usher’.