20 May 2018
When MasterChef presenter and chef John Torode opened Smiths of Smithfield nearly twenty years ago, this behemoth of a space was a game-changer. Fast forward to 2018 and this Farringdon landmark has been given a new lease of life post an extensive refurbishment. The four-floor Grade II listed emporium boasts new bars and restaurants, with each level providing a different dining and drinking experience to suit a myriad of occasions. Featuring an all-day bar and eatery, luxe cocktail bar, classic British grill and a top end restaurant, ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield follows the ethos of the higher you go the higher-end the experience.
Floor Three: No. 3
With a stunning vista over the dome of Smithfield Market and the City beyond and exceptional service, the top floor dining room at ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield is a class act. Floor-to-ceiling fully retractable glazing provides uninterrupted views whilst the interior exudes elegance with its plush booths, beautiful brass pendant lighting, pressed linen tablecloths and shimmering glassware.
The menu, offering expertly executed dishes featuring the finest quality and, where possible, locally sourced, ingredients, showcases head chef Liam Walsh’s flair for creating elegant, refined dishes. Classic plates sit comfortably with more contemporary dishes with starters such as Markham Farm asparagus with slow-cooked duck egg, Jersey Royals and black truffle; octopus carpaccio served with grapes, smoked almond and whipped North Atlantic cod’s roe; and a tradgala pork pie with home beer-pickled vegetables and piccalilli. Generous mains feature the likes of Hampshire lamb belly, crispy sweetbreads, grilled gem lettuce, buttermilk and ewe’s cheese; and Laverstoke Park mozzarella, violet artichokes, charred courgette, wild garlic and morels whilst the star of the show is a sharing Scotch beef Wellington with spring greens.
Sip in the Sunshine
On a summer’s day, No3’s terrace is the best place to be – half bar, half dining – take in the vista whilst sipping on a glass of champagne, chilled rosé or seasonal cocktail – London life at its best.
Floor Two: The Grill
Reflecting the butchery heritage of its Smithfield location, The Grill offers classic British dishes, championing best of British meat. The 28-day aged beef comes as ribeye, fillet or sirloin whilst those looking to share should opt for big Scotch chateaubriand, côte de boeuf or T-bone cuts, sold by the weight. Every steak is expertly cooked and comes with a choice of Béarnaise sauce, bone marrow and wild garlic butter or chimichurri, served with triple-cooked chips. For a more luxe plate, add half a lobster or monkfish scampi.
Steaks aside, The Grill also cooks up an ultimate mixed grill of lamb chops, hanger steak, butcher’s sausage, smoked pork loin steak, bone marrow, roast onion, grilled tomato, beef dripping chips, fried hen’s egg and watercress sitting alongside a beer battered cod and chips and the unbeatable ‘Smiths’ burger. Lighter choices come in the form of heritage beetroot salad with Yorkshire Fettle, pear, chicory and candied spiced hazelnuts; a black quinoa, pumpkin, spring greens, avocado, beetroot and pumpkin seed salad and Jerusalem artichokes with ricotta, spinach pithivier and wild mushroom sauce.
Blasted brickwork and exposed pipework mixed with more luxurious finishes, including buttery leather seating and booths, create a comfortable, classy and contemporary dining environment. Taking centre stage is the impressive dry-ageing fridge featuring gargantuan cuts of meat whilst the best seats in the house are at the Chef’s Table where you can experience the art of butchery and enjoy unrestricted views of the open plan kitchen.
Drinks are taken as seriously as the food with a carefully curated list that features bold and heady wines, craft ales and ciders and London lagers. From an aromatic Burgundy to a bold Bordeaux through to a crisp cider or artisan ale, ask The Grill’s wine experts to recommend the perfect food pairing.
From business lunches that clinch the deal, to groups mastering the art of butchery and dinners à deux, The Grill is a class act.
Floor One: Death + Victory
Taking its name from Scottish patriot William Wallace aka ‘Braveheart’, executed in Smithfield for fighting for Scottish independence, Death + Victory is the bar for those who take their cocktails seriously. This stunning new cocktail lounge, with glamorous marble art deco-style bar, offers bespoke cocktails that take cues from the drama that has surrounded the site’s rich 850-year history, from fire and sedition through to the endless trials of trading. The list is divided into five chapters, with each taking inspiration from a different era, from the 12thcentury to present day, and focusing on a different spirit: whisky, tequila, gin, vodka and rum. The menu kicks off with Smooth Fields, an ode to the grassy knoll that Smithfield was originally built on, featuring a silky blend of Jameson Caskmates, amaro, egg white, lemon and sugar syrup and concludes with Uncertain Times; a bold cocktail of Havana Club 7yr, Kahlua, maple syrup and chocolate bitters.
Ground Floor: ‘Smiths’ Café & Bar
On the ground floor, find ‘Smiths’ all-day dining room and bar. Serving breakfast through to dinner, there’s all-day brunch favourites, vibrant salads, classic pub dishes and stylish sharing boards. Drinks include London craft beers, artisan spirits, including the finest gins the postcode has to offer, and world class wines. It’sthe perfect setting to hot desk, plug in and connect – pop in for a coffee, breakfast, an informal lunch or make it your local for after-work drinks.
‘Smiths’ of Smithfield offers two stunning private rooms perfect for board meetings, private dinners or small cocktail parties whilst each floor is available for exclusive hire, on request.
‘Smiths’ of Smithfield
67-77 Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6HJ