Smiths of Smithfield

Restaurants , Contemporary European Farringdon
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There are four different levels to this Smithfields spot, encompassing a ground floor cafe and bar, a first-floor bar dedicated to craft beer, a second-floor dining room and a third – and top – floor given over to food of a more fine-dining bent. There are private rooms to hire, too. 

Largely, the menus here focus on British produce and dishes. Expect bacon sandwiches, full English breakfasts and mushrooms on toast on the ground floor, steaks, burgers and seared scallops with black pudding, bacon and cauliflower purée in the second-floor dining room, and veal sirloin, cod with langoustine and roast monkfish with caramelised cauliflower, leeks, cockles and ham on the top floor. 

More than 60 craft beers feature in first-floor bar. Brewers include Five Points, the Canopy Beer Co., The Kernel, Camden Town and Hammerton. Cocktails, wines and an interesting selection of spirits also feature.

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Smiths of Smithfield says
A four-floor venue in the heart of Smithfield Market.

Our priority has always been to serve simple British food made from the finest ingredients, in a friendly way and a relaxed atmosphere. Each of the four floors has a distinctive style, food, design and atmosphere, offering pretty much something for everyone depending on mood, budget or time.

From all-day breakfasts and craft beer to private and fine dining with a rooftop terrace and the ability to cater for special occasions, Smith’s really does offer something for everyone.

Our fantastic offers keep people coming back, with £15 prosecco every day until 7pm, ribs and rioja for £22 in the Dining Room and our famous Hawk and Cork tomahawk steak and a bottle of Malbec to share for £75.
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Venue name: Smiths of Smithfield
Contact:
Address: 67-77 Charterhouse Street
London
EC1M 6HJ
Opening hours: Ground floor café: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-5pm. Ground floor bar: Mon-Sat 9.30am-11pm; Sun 9.30am-5pm. SOS Craft Market: Sun Tue-Sat 6-11pm; Dining room: Mon-Fri noon-3pm & 5.30-11pm; Sat 5.30-11pm. Top floor restaurant and terrace: Mon-Fr noon-3pm & 6-11pm; Sat 6-11pm; Sun noon-3.30pm
Transport: Tube: Barbican tube or Farringdon tube/rail
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Parklife

This was my first visit to Smiths since Fabric made its untimely demise. This time we sampled one of its 2 hours bottomless brunch deals. Although breakfast related items were available, I ordered the haddock and smoked salmon fish cake with pea purée. This was delicious. Burgers were also available but to have sides, you had to unfortunately pay extra. The drinks available on the deal were Prosecco, Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Service was good and it was fantastic to sit on the ground floor of this fantastic Grade II building. For a Sunday morning, the place was effervescent. I would deduct a star for the weakness of the drinks.

Sosh_uk
Tastemaker

Great four floor venue that has been here since 2000, just a stone throws away from Farringdon station, this is a great bar/cafe/ restaurant at what ever time you come. We took advantage of the time out bottomless brunch, two hours of unlimited mimosas or bloody Mary's or prosecco a. 1.5 hours later we weren't even tipsy, despite having about 5 each. I think the drinks are very watered down. Off menu a Bloody Mary pint is £7 and a mimosa is £5. The food was mediocre, £9.50 for a burger is a bit steep especially as it doesn't come with any sides. Chips is an extra £3! Which I think is ridiculous. Although saying that the place is buzzing and it's a nice place to spend a Sunday, shame about the food and drinks.

janjan254

Visited the cafe on the ground floor the weekend just past to partake in their bottomless brunch...and it was one of the worst I've ever had if I base it on the food and drinks. The Prosecco option we chose was a struggle to drink, tasting more like Passion Pop (for Antipodean readers) and never being quite cold. We ordered more lunch food options than breakfast with the chicken burger and lamb kofta. While the chicken in the burger was fine, the bun was so dry that half of it wasn't eaten. The lamb kofta was five measly looking things that were dry as can be with two small cherry tomatoes sliced in half on a bed of hummus and one pita sliced in two, quite a pathetic offering.


In saying all this, the cafe had a great vibe even for the Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend and the service was fantastic, the only positive things I have to say about this place. It's not often I'll write a review like this but this brunch was an absolute let down and I'd discourage any Time Out reader from taking up the current offer.

rpate
Tastemaker

Smiths of Smithfield has undergone a few facelifts since it opened in 2000 next to the Smithfield meat market. Spanning across four floors and hosted in a Grade II listed building, it's always boasted impressive environs with modern-industrial-chic details. The ground floor is a bustling hub that dishes out a satisfying and straightforward menu in a casual setting. There are two additional restaurants with more exquisite modern British fare on the upper floors, including a rooftop dining space with panoramic city views. A short walk from Farringdon station, it's a catch-all venue where you can either grab a drink after work, or can dig into a succulent fillet steak in more opulent ambiance. Or you could do both- it only requires migrating between floors.


I admittedly hadn't visited Smiths in over five years until this week. During our last call, we popped in for brunch in the days when John Torode was still owner and overseer of operations- in fact, he was lurking around the restaurant that very afternoon, entertaining family and acquaintances sitting adjacent to our table. Since then, Torode has parted company with Smiths and the business has pulled its socks up- especially the first floor space, which was once a tapas bar, then a cocktail lounge, but now reinvented as a craft beer bar, the Craft Market.

We revisited Smiths, lured in by an event that was taking place at the Craft Market. I'd been tempted by the 'Meet the Brewery' evenings promoted on social media in the past- some laudable London independent breweries were advertised, including Brixton Brewery, East London Brewing Company and Canopy Brewing Co- but I'd never managed to make the journey. Frankly, I've been let down by a glut of City establishments promoted as 'craft beer bars' due to appalling service by staff with no knowledge of their range or gusto at all. Because of such discouraging experiences, I'd erroneously tarred Smith's with the same brush. 

We were pleasantly surprised on our visit in August 2016. There to support a friend's event, we lingered for the entire evening and chatted with servers, bar staff and the Operations Manager. One point was immediately apparent: they had a bona fide passion for beer. The hirsute gentleman running the bar had a dry sense of humour and knew the bar's range inside out. He assured us that he personally curated the selection available- and it was a good balance of the classics (Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, Camden) with the independents, including  a selection from Hammerton, Redchurch, London Beer Factory, Kernel and Partizan but to name a few. 

The copious bottle selection dominates the room, positioned against the wall behind the bar like a magnificent example of modern art. Bottles can be taken away or swilled onsite- naturally, there are chilled, ready to drink vessels in the fridges- and there's a rotating pick served on draught. For £15, you can pick up 6 bottles to take home in a carrying case, which is both convenient and affordable if you work in the area. Otherwise, the bar itself is cosy, friendly and urbane; we were there on a Wednesday night and there were a few other groups, but the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed. We even had a decent burger, chips and a pint of the guest draught for a tenner- it was promptly delivered to our table, meaning that we could continue to graze on the beer menu without having to relocate to a different floor for sustenance.

Speaking with the Operations Manager, he informed me that they have big plans for further meet the brewer events at the Craft Market down the line- I was asked what beers I was currently drinking from London breweries and it transpires that the first I mentioned- my local haunt, Howling Hops- was due to be stocked at the bar in the coming weeks. 

I can confidently say that I'll be returning to Smiths, especially once more events are announced- the space is the perfect size for a quiet post-work beer. The advantage of having more than one bar in the building allows this area to concentrate on independent breweries, which can be enjoyed in a unexpectedly convivial atmosphere. Paired with friendly and conversant staff, this floor of Smiths is really a gem- and you'll be seeing even more breweries on their shelves soon. 

It pains me to spread the word because I'd like to keep this place in my back pocket, especially given the blight of decent drinking venues in the area, but I'm feeling generous after having a few great beers.

GirlAboutLondon
tastemaker

This is an imposing, vast and rustic bar and restaurant set over 3 floors. The top floor has amazing views of London.

Slightly hungover on a Saturday morning, craving brunch and bloody Mary's, but struggling to get a booking at the last minute, luckily we went on to Smiths of Smithsfields website- we've been there loads of times after work during the week- and were happy to see they had a brunch menu and do bottomless bloody Mary's or Mimosas for £15. Luckily we got a booking. However when phoning to make the booking, I was told they'd 'need to check if we still do the bottomless brunch'. I mentioned it's on their website, so she said 'oh okay, in that case we'll do it'.

I wasn't filled with confidence by this, but once we arrived there were no issues, and even though there was no mention of the bottomless drinks on the menu, we still got it. (There is a bottle of Prosecco for £15, which was obviously very popular- corks were popping the full 2 hours we were there).

While the Smithfield area itself is practically a ghost town on weekends, this venue is buzzing- every table was full.

The brunch menu has loads of choice. Whatever you feel like, they'll have it. They also don't just do brakefast-y things: I ordered a light vege curry (kale, tomato, coconut and naan bread) which was a bit random, but delicious.

My hubby got the lumber jack stack. He was a bit disappointed (and bloated) with it- it's literally a carb fest of waffle, pancake and French toast, with syrup. It was quite bland. He ordered beans and sausage extra (sausage was cold so this was taken off the bill). Both dishes were £7.50 each.

Bloody Mary's were filled up regularly- they were tasty, but quite rich. We ended up having a mimosa before we left to balance the acidity!

Service was brilliant from the moment we walked in, until we left.

Not a bad option for a buzzing Saturday brunch.

3 stars for food; 5 for service.

Luisa G
Tastemaker

Ive been here twice, the most recent time being at the weekend, and again, we had a wonderful evening. They sometimes do an offer of fillet steak, chips and a glass of malbec for £29, which is worth it - usually the steak alone is more expensive than that. We also got some vegetables on the side, which were absolutely delicious, and we shared a dessert, which I feel was a bit overpriced for what it was - there wasn't much of it! All in all a wonderful second visit, and I would go again, but only with this offer!

jj Hertforshire

The most appalling service I have ever experienced, 3rd floor front of house staff require full training or sacking. Saturday night 8:30pm No sirloin available in the meat packing district on the 1st sitting on a Saturday night!!...,No rioja available ,No pully f available & no bread!! do I need to say more? Well Yes I do, served gents before ladies from the wrong side , spilt wine on main dish and on to the table with no attempt to rectify, main courses arrived to a table full of empty 1st course plates , Manger (Mr andys.... as he said) could not care and when confronted about the despicable service his comment were “ We never have complains ” “ive been here 2 months and we are still trying to get it right” so he just contradicted himself. With only 7 tables booked for the whole of Saturday night this probably reflects other diners previous experience of shoddy non existence service, I expected a full explication from @JohnTorode1

R Smyth

What a disappointing meal - we were on the 2nd floor. My first choice of starter was unavailable so I chose the Squid - this was pretty good - Now the bad bit - I chose the fancifully described steak and chips - steak was tiny and the chips were so overdone there was no soft bit inside them utter rubbish. How John Torode can criticise people on Masterchef I will never no. If you cannot train your staff to cook a chip then you are in trouble. An utter disgrace for 18 odd quid. My other half had Sea Bass which was very nice but the accompanying salad she thought had rancid oil on it. GIVE THIS PLACE A WIDE BIRTH - you'd be better off going to a Harvester for dinner.

PAUL

Went there weds 7th Dec, table of 9, so we weren't worried about spending money. Used the 2nd floor restaurant, having been to top floor on 6 previous occasions. It was dreadful !!! Meat overcooked, and like boot leather, they'd run out of mash, new potato's and nearly all the veggies. Only brussel tops and a few mushrooms were available !!!! What's wrong with running down to the local Tesco's and getting some emergency rations? Or maybe use the frezzer for some peas and carrots !!! HOW THE HELL CAN A RESTAURANT RUN OUT OF FOOD ???????? That's not the end of it though. Self righteous attitude of the staff, not much in the way of any apology for a restaurant to run out of food, no offer of any free drinks, no reduction on the bill, which was about £750 !!!! My advice, DON'T GO THERE !!!!! There are much better places. The owner, the sanctimonious John Torode should be ashamed of the place. Running like this he has no right to criticise or make judgements of people on his Masterchef programme. I'd like to give a rating of a minus number !!!!!

prettypretentious

Last night we returned to Smith’s of Smithfield for a second wonderful meal. On around the same date last year, our friend Hannah invited us there for her birthday dinner, having had a real trauma trying to find a good restaurant in London who would accept a booking of ten without a deposit and/or set menu. SOS though were happy to oblige us with a lovely large table in their second floor dining room, and so we returned again this year for Hannah’s celebrations. Adam and I are self-named ‘ethicureans’ and only eat free range meat, and fish that’s line caught and responsibly sourced, so dining out for us is often a disappointment as we forego the amazing looking meat and fish dishes in exchange for a vegetarian meal which fits in with our rules. When we first heard we were going to SOS though we checked out their website to find out a little more about their ingredients and sourcing, and then after a quick phone call we found that all their meat is in fact free range….not just ‘British’ or ‘outdoor bred’. One waiter even said to us ‘I wouldn’t work here if they served any less’. So, that box ticked, we arrived to the buzzing ground floor bar for arrival drinks before heading upstairs (in the trendily red-quilt-lined lift) to our table situated between the open kitchen and a vast well overlooking the floor below. These, and the other busy tables made for a great atmosphere in what is actually a pretty large restaurant (130 covers), and the attentive and knowledgeable staff certainly helped too. Last night, having nearly spoiled our dinner on a rather-too-large lunch, Adam and I opted out of starters….although I couldn’t resist a few excellent Rock Oysters with sherry vinaigrette (£2.20 each) whilst everyone had their gorgeous looking Dorset Crab & Cox Apple on Toasted Sourdough (£9) and Cream of Cauliflower with Cheese Puffs (£5). Onto mains though and ‘eating light’ soon went out of the window as we were determined to make the most of our meaty feast. Adam chose the South Devon Rib Steak (Aged 21 Days), with Chips & Mayo (£17.50) which was served beautifully pink and perfectly succulent. For me, it was the Rosé Veal in Egg & Parmesan, with Rocket & Anchovies (£16) and although it wasn’t a pretty plate (I’m not a rocket person, and the veal was completely covered in the egg like a sort of omlettey schnitzel) the veal was tender and tasty….as was my side order of wonderfully silky mash (£2.50). We were too stuffed for puddings, but opposite me, Greg’s Sticky Toffee Pudding (£7) made me very envious as the smell of the hot toffee was almost enough to make me place a late order. Adam settled for an espresso whilst I finished my wine (slow drinker) which he tells me was very good. And by the time we’d finished chatting the place was nearly empty, but with no less atmosphere for it….. and so we left pleasantly full and rather jolly, vowing not to leave it so long until our next visit.