Bird of Smithfield


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Bird of Smithfield

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Venue details

  • Address:

    Bird of Smithfield 26 Smithfield Street
    EC1A 9LB

  • Venue phone:

    020 7559 5100

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  • Opening hours:

    Bar Open/snacks served 8am-10pm Mon-Sat. Snacks £2-£15.Restaurant Dinner served noon-2.45pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat

  • Transport:

    Tube: Farringdon

  • Price:

    Main courses £12-£27. Around £100 for two with drinks

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    1. Bird of Smithfield

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  2. Bird of Smithfield
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Laura Grimsdell

Had a lovely meal at Bird Of Smithfield last night. Fully recommend it if you fancy good food/wine. The decor is fantastic too.

The Londonette

Now, I am just going to come right out and say this now, the service at Bird was slow - not painfully slow but it was noticeable at a few points during dinner. However, the wait staff, location, atmosphere, food, booking process and cocktails certainly outweighed the timings! Tuesday evening saw the sun peeking out just as we arrived around 7pm and on reading 'Roof Terrace' in vinyl on the front door, we went straight up! Bird is built over 5 floors - a basement lounge, casual dining/drinking, the restaurant, private dining and then the roof terrace - all in the heart of Farringdon looking over Smithfield market. It is rare to find a good terrace in central London and while this one is small, it is gorgeous. Glass fronted with comfy seating and a small bar - I almost felt like I was in Ibiza (if only the sun had been blazing!). We kicked off with some great cocktails - Prosecco with pomegranate foam and a Long Stroll for myself as well as some small bites of cod goujons, beetroot crisps with onion relish and quail scotch eggs (yum!). These worked well for appetiser substitutions so when we sat down to our table on the first floor, we went straight to main courses...and sides! Make sure you know what the specials are before you get too stuck into the menu which is what happened to me. I had my heart set on having the duck when the waiter then introduced a main special of grilled plaice with wilted spiced spinach and a black pudding "relish" - sold! The mothership had the same with a side of peas & carrots which was stunning - yellow, orange and purple carrots mixed with shelled and un-shelled peas. The rest of the table had the Sheppard's Pie with beautiful whipped potatoes piped on top accompanied by a small ramekin of peas and your own mini gravy jug. It is small touches like this which I think can make all the difference to a meal. We had all eyed the pudding menu at the start so were pretty sure what we were going to have...but then came the specials...a Rhubarb Trifle with Birds Custard and a Scottish oat sweetcake with raspberries and creme anglais. The mothership & SB got one each. JAM was having to work late so had only just joined us at this point and opted for the welsh rarebit while my cousin & hub went for choc ice cream and a scoop of wild strawberry sorbet (homemade of course). I will always go for a pudding which has salted caramel and the Crackling Chocolate Cup came up trumps - dark and milk chocolate mouse layered with salted caramel and topped with popping candy whipped cream and two mini cookies on the side. Needless to say I was pretty happy with my choice. Bird just opened (they don't even have a full website yet) so perhaps the slight delays on the service front were due to the team still trying to get things right. I can't fault the food or drinks. This is a great all around place. You could go for lunch, brunch on Sundays, after work drinks, just dinner, drinks and dinner or even late drinks as the bar is open until 1am and since each floor is quite intimate, it makes for a really nice casual yet buzzy atmosphere. You should definitely check it out, but certainly not if you are in a rush!

Frances C

Absolutely perfect. Service and food spot on and such good value. Bottle of wine, 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 sides, plus bread, water and service for £81! I would recommend this place to anyone! Much better than a lot of Michelin starred places I've eaten in cheaper. 5 stars!