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Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - Giles Christopher
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Provider :RHS / James Purssell
 (Provider :RHS /  James Purssell)
Provider :RHS / James Purssell
 (Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - Giles Christopher)
Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - Giles Christopher
 (Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - Giles Christopher)
Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - Giles Christopher
 (Provider :RHS /  James Purssell)
Provider :RHS / James Purssell

With the recent proliferation of new pits on the block, it’s easy to forget that Bodean’s was once the capital’s first and only destination for authentic US barbecue. Our visit to the Tower Hill branch proved this small chain is still serious about the smoke. We recommend bypassing the more pedestrian burgers, hotdogs and steaks and heading straight for the barbecued food, a sharing platter being the most efficient way to savour the array of smoked meats offered.

The beauty of US barbecue is the regional subtleties that vary state to state, so as well as a plate piled high with pulled pork and baby back ribs, we also enjoyed ‘burnt ends’, or beef brisket, a tradition of Kansas City cooking. A standout helping of Jacob Ladder ribs saw the caramelised outer bark yielding to meltingly tender beef beneath. Furnished in the same playful decor as other outlets, this basement branch is a mix of hog-shaped door knobs, antler candelabras and luxe black leather banquettes.

The ground-floor bar features an extensive list of Stateside beer and cocktails, with an emphasis on bourbon and American whiskies.

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Bodean's says
With our sturdy, comfortable decor, US sports as well as Premier League and all the top football on TV, plus well-stocked bar serving luxury Bourbons and other rare whiskies, craft ales and zingy cocktails, there is no better place to eat, drink and relax than than Bodean’s in Tower Hill.

Whether grabbing our top-rated barbecue on the fly as you walk through the door or taking your time downstairs in our sumptuous club setting where buttonback Broadway hits the trail, we are the place to be.
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Venue name: Bodean's
Address: 16 Byward Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tower Hill tube
Price: Main courses £6.75-£19.95
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Elizabeth P

Ended up here one Saturday evening having not been for probably 10 years or so! I've been to a few BBQ places recently and in my head wasn't expecting Bodeans to be as good. I was wrong. We had some lovely big wings to start - could have been a bit crispier but were still good with yummy sauce. I went for the pulled pork with creamed corn, coleslaw and a side of sweet potato fries. The pork was the best I've had in a while - nice and moist with a great sauce. The fries were good but creamed corn made my night. Creamy and corny and delicious! A friend had the chicken and ribs and was very much defeated, another had a burger which was very good.

Cocktails were also great. We all came away feeling very satisfied and not bankrupt!


I recently went to Bodean's slightly hungover on a Sunday. Rather than your typical Sunday roast, my friends and I felt like a good old American meat feast. 

However, Bodean's left me a bit disappointed. Not that it was bad, but very average. Meat was a bit dry and could have been seasoned better. The fries weren't great quality and cold when we got them. 

I don't think I'll be back to be honest, there are much better places for amazing meat right round the corner...


me and my boyfriend ALWAYS come here its excellent service and beautiful food love it definately recommened it we have been over 10 times now.