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Bird of Smithfield

Restaurants, Contemporary European Farringdon
5 out of 5 stars
(25user reviews)
Bird of Smithfield
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Time Out says

Do you ever tire of queuing for pop-up diners that serve dog’s dinners? Or of ‘celebrity’ chefs who make you think: Get me out of here? Then join the club. This club – one that requires no membership – is the opposite of exclusive, and where the staff greet you with smiles. This way, Sir or Madam, we have a comfy seat ready, and your favourite drink. We’ll not tell you about our c-r-a-z-y new concept, or insist we get the table back in an hour. We just want you to come here, have a lovely time and go home happy.

Bird’s five, narrow floors cover the gamut from rooftop bar, smart dining room, lounge bar, private dining room and basement cocktail bar. It’s open from breakfast to dinner, then late into the night. Yet it still feels like a smart, if slightly rus in urbe, members’ club with its well-drilled service, laid-back vibe and Country Living decor.

The menu reflects a particular kind of modern Britishness. A starter of lightly soused baby vegetables had an intense, earthy flavour of carrot and radish – the very essence of a springtime garden. A deep-fried, breaded egg released its molten centre to cloak the crisp veg.

A buttery small sole was topped with savoury brown shrimps and the slightly bitter leaves of foraged sea beet and sea purslane. Calf’s liver was trimmed into tidy tiles then pan-fried and topped with sage butter, crisped bacon and slow-cooked onions; the simplest flavours are still sometimes the best.

Puddings that nanny would approve of included the irresistible pun of Bird’s custard with rhubarb; all that’s missing is the soft slipper for staying up late past bedtime, which is easy to do with such biddable service.

When I arrived, the restaurant manager was briefing the staff for the evening. I listened as they told the staff about slight tweaks to the printed menu, who the expected guests were and any other business of the day. I felt in safe hands. You will too.

By Guy Dimond

Bird of Smithfield says
Bird of Smithfield is set within an old Georgian townhouse, and spread over five floors with two bars, a restaurant, a private dining room and a stunning roof terrace. Close to Barbican and Farringdon, we're a home-away-from-home, a members' club with no membership and are ideal for private events.



Address: 26 Smithfield Street
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
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 I hosted my best friend's pre-wedding party at Bird of Smithfield and she had a wonderful time.  

The food was British cooking, with a good wine list and lots of fizz. My choice, a modern take on scallops, pink duck and a British cheese plate was delicious. The room was large but small enough to mingle and beautifully decorated and staff were attentive but not intensive. A real buzzy evening, with a roof top bar.  


I took an out of town friend here for lunch. The sun was shining, it was wednesday but it was FREEZING outside.

We decided to go to the bar downstairs instead of the restaurant upstairs so we cna sit by the window and relax.

The warmth of the staff immediately make us feel we're in safe hands. Jason, the manager, deserves a mention.

Menu was confident and short and reflective of modern seasonal British cooking. 

We shared a chicken liver pate parfait. It was delicious - with peaches and lambs lettuce. But we had to order our own bread, which comes with a super seaweed butter. Scrumptious.

My main course was a hand rolled farfalle with morel, peas, cavello nerro and the sauce was just perfect. It was so fresh and  you can taste the texture of food that is cooked just right. We ordered another round of bread to sop up the sauce.

My companion had the roasted monk fish and cavello nerro. the portion of fish was generous.

We ended with a plate of rhubarb and ginger beer fool, beignet, yoghurt chantilly - that was pretty in pink.

Lunch with a bottle of Pinot Grigio and service for 2 come to £73 not cheap. I wish the restaurant offers bread basket as it is ridiculous to eat the pate just as it is. Or maybe some toasts or biscuit to go with it.

My partner and I had our engagement party here and we, and all our guests, had a great night. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the Birdcage bar was just the right size for a private party. We also had access to the rooftop bar which has great views and provided a great outdoor space on what was a warm summer-like evening.

This place has changed in recent months and the food is just amazing! We went there for my birthday dinner and had high quality Michelin style food, one of the best meals I've ever had. The scallops are divine, and the rhubarb dessert was super delicious. Highly recommended.


Had a great after work drinks at Birds of Smithfield. We spent most of the evening in their roof terrace enjoying Aperol Spritz and delicious canapés. The view is not the best one but the atmosphere is nice and the staff is lovely. Would definitely coming back to taste their lunch and dinner menus. 

Had a brilliant time , had a business lunch today staff where very knowledgeable helpful will defiantly return for dinner soon. I highly, highly recommend as we had a lovely time, thanks to them we will be back.

The birdcage at Bird of Smithfield is the most amazing place for a party.  I held a great party on 15 October, with the help of the staff everything ran so smoothly and nothing was too much trouble.  the room really has the wow factor. the food was tasty, reasonable priced drinks and a late licence - excellent is all aspects. 

Great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or just a coffee. Staff all very friendly.

A club with no membership required - well priced superb food - great cocktails - makes me smile

Food is great, roof bar is fab, staff are lovely. Bar is small with small but interesting selection. Knowledgeable staff, especially Aggy!


So I've been here on two separate occasions and each time I've come away content and pretty pleased with myself and my good taste ;)

The venue has many floors and each provides something the other doesn't so you really do get to have a good time and maximise on the evening's potential.

I can't comment on the food sadly as on both occasions I gorged myself on drinks and not food but I will say that its a lovely place for after work drinks and weekend spritz! They have a rooftop which just exudes good times!

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Bird of Smithfields is a great little venue. I've had work dos on the roof in the summer and went for dinner when it first opened. If you work in the area it's ideal for post work drinks or a bite to eat


We recently descended on Bird as part of a work doo. We had the private bar, known as the birdcage booked out where we started our night with cocktails. The space was great. It could do with a little more decor to make it feel a little more sumptuous, although the artwork did a good job of creating a debate; are they paintings or photographs?! We could have done with a more extensive cocktail menu, they were all pretty standard and lacked any pizzazz, but tasty all the same. After our drinks reception we headed up to the second floor for a three course dinner. The crab starter was exceptional, the main of pork was deliciously flavoursome (but rather fatty) and sticky toffee desert was good. After a rowdy dinner we were ushered back to the (bird)cage, where we had a cracking night, particularly as were able to play our own music. The whole place has a great atmosphere, spread across several floors. The staff were really accommodating and friendly, which all contributed to a great night. I recommend visiting.

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I really like this place, it's a little bit away from Farringdon station and as such isn't always massively busy like some of the other bars/pubs round there. The vibe is quite chilled out and is a nice place to relax. The service at the bar could be a little quicker but they're usually making great cocktails so I can forgive them that. The roof terrace upstairs is really cool - It's definitely somewhere to go to in the winter as they provide both heaters and blankets!

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I love this place!. I have eaten in the restaurant and downstairs in the bar - both hit the spot!. Try the burgers, or pop along for a Saturday breakfast for a treat - wonderful way to star the day (eggs benedict were perfect, as were the pancakes and blueberries). Love the décor and the staff are really friendly and so welcoming...give it a try if you haven't already!.


Food is a personal preference, so please take my experience with a pinch of salt. The overall feeling was that the menu was laboured and the service was poor. The shepherd's pie was, in essence, wholly fine. On a nicer note, the bread and wine were good. We ate on a Saturday night and it was pretty empty.

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

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!

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!

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