'Smiths' of Smithfield Farringdon

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'Smiths' of Smithfield Farringdon
Venue says Just £55 for cote du boeuf for two plus unlimited chips, two sauces and prosecco.

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, Bru, The Kernel, Hiver and Hammerton. Cocktails, wines and an interesting selection of spirits also feature.

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'Smiths' of Smithfield Farringdon says
Great food. Great service. Great people. Great spaces.

Spread over four floors with each level varying in design, food, drink and atmosphere, ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfield has something for everyone – whatever their mood or budget. The number one place for world class steak, breakfasts and craft beer in London.

Established in 2000, ‘SMITHS’ is loved by regular guests and a welcome surprise for first timers. We are delighted to announce the launch of our second Smiths of Smithsfield site, Cannon Street, at the end of November.

For 16 years ‘SMITHS’ kitchen has only worked with British farmers and the country’s largest and oldest meat market – the iconic Smithfield Market – just across the road from the original Smithfields site.

So, whether you are after authentic food served up with a tasty twist, a spacious private room to hire, or a cool and crisp craft beer after work, this is the perfect place for all your social occasions.
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Venue name: 'Smiths' of Smithfield Farringdon
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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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tastemaker

Taste is subjective but my thoughts, for what they are worth, is that this venue is loud, overcrowded with tables and people, and poorly designed for moving around. I have not tried the restaurant but have been to several ‘reserved areas’ for birthdays and they normally mean shuffling round a small table full of coats, squeezing through to the bar to wait 20mins for a drink. Not to mention the sticky floors and rowdy clientele - oh I just did. Not my thing.

tastemaker

Lots of positive things to say about the classy restaurant on the top floor of SOS.

Firstly I wasn’t expecting the views - and they’re great! St Paul’s, the city and the Shard all stand out.

Secondly the atmosphere - an oasis of calm in an otherwise rowdy building.

The steak was good, I almost want to say not as good as the sides. Fries wonderfully crispy, bernaise perfect for me and the cabbage with caraway a great surprise. I also sampled the calamari to start, which was also good but the chilli and garlic didn’t come through enough for my liking.

All in all a lovely treat of a night out, with good food and great service and views. Definitely made all the sweeter by the special offer we used, with full prices I would have knocked a star off.


I went to Smiths for the first time on Sunday, and I have to say I am very sorely unimpressed! I redeemed Timeout's £20 bottomless brunch offer with them, and everything from the reservation process to the food to the service was a nightmare!


To reserve, you must send through your voucher number and security codes as detailed in the fine print. That's fine, however, I was clearly corresponding with several different staff members through their one inbox as I was asked to provide the same information on two occasions. If the staff had scrolled down in the thread this could have been easily avoided, and would have lead to having a much more professional service.


The day before the reservation, I received a voicemail asking to confirm my reservation. I returned the call to confirm accordingly, but the woman on the line could not find my reservation! Absolutely ridiculous as she had called 15 minutes prior to confirm it! It ended up being that my reservation was not booked under my name which I had given in the original emails to reserve. See above regarding lack of communication and professionalism via email correspondence!


Upon arrival at Smiths, we were greeted by a very sullen and unfriendly young woman who took a good minute or so to find our names on the reservation list. We were then seated at a tiny round table next to a pillar, which effectively made the space even smaller. Very disappointing for having had a reservation for over two weeks in advance! Upon arrival of our server, he noticed that we were having the bottomless brunch and before asking any questions (i.e.. how are you, can I get you any drinks) he demanded I show him my voucher number and security code. Not only was this beyond rude, I was not informed prior to coming that I would additionally be required to have a paper copy. The sullen hostess did not mention it upon seating us either. 


After finding the information requested on my phone, I had the humiliating and more frustrating than anything experience of having to confirm this with not just the server and hostess, but what appeared to be a more experienced server or manager as well. Standing at the front entrance with three staff members as they painstakingly confirmed each character of all four codes was ridiculous and maddening to the point where we almost felt we should leave entirely.


Once they had confirmed the reservation, they did not apologise whatsoever for the inconvenience or thank me for providing the codes (again!) but simply said "it's fine". 


As the room we were in (Ground Floor Cafe) was exceptionally humid for a cloudy day, we asked to be seated outside. This was not a problem, other than the fact that the servers rarely ever made their rounds outside. After our first round of drinks (we chose mimosas) we sat outside for 10 minutes before I had to go inside to request more drinks. For a "bottomless" brunch, I found this to be terribly poor service. 


When our food finally arrived, it was truly disappointing. I wish I had taken a photo to show as proof! It arrived 30 minutes past ordering and was the stingiest sized portion (think child's meal) I've seen. I had ordered a avocado on toast with poached eggs, but got ONE piece of Tesco quality bread, a thin smear of avocado (just a bit more than what peanut butter on toast would be like) and two eggs so well done that they were NOT poached, but practically hard boiled! There was no oozing yolk in either of them, the yolks were hard all the way through BOTH! 


Honestly, I was so excited for this brunch and had such high expectations, but was very very disappointed in the whole experience. I'm not even a moaner and this is the first time I've felt I needed to post a review of this nature, as the service was just truly astonishingly horrible. There was not one redeeming factor either (i.e., good food bad/bad service or good service/bad food), as the entire trip we made out to Smiths was a waste of time and money.


Tastemaker

The £6 happy hour cocktails aren't bad! Conveniently located right outside Cannon Street this trendy new spot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. I would recommend you make the most of the happy hour and I suggest trying the Cannonball. For safety I was told after I had finished my drink it actually contained egg whites which actually made a delicious drink.

tastemaker

The top floor restaurant and roof terrace is lovely and doesn't really seem to match the vibe of the rest of the floors. Had a pretty good steak and the staff were possibly the nicest I've encountered in London, hence the bump in my rating. Cocktails are decent and a little pricey but the food was quite good


The food is quite expensive, and though reliably good - nothing special. The breakfast is nice, and good atmosphere if you forgive the incredibly uncomfortable chairs! 

tastemaker

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.

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.


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.

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.
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.

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!


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


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.


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 !!!!!


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.