Originally opened almost 20 years ago, Smiths of Smithfield was ahead of its time. Recently refurbished and under new ownership, Smiths of Smithfields is back and offers four floors of food and drink options!
The first floor is an all-day café and bar while the second floor is a cocktail bar with an impressive menu split into five sections, each focusing on either whisky, tequila, gin, vodka or rum. The top two floors are reserved for restaurants, The Grill where we dined, on the third floor and No. 3 right at the top for special occasions or business dinners.
The Grill offers classic British dishes and top quality meat in an open, airy space with a mixture of booths and tables. The wine menu here is large (and a little confusing!) but they have a good selection available both by the glass and bottle – we had a particularly nice rosé on the warm evening that we visited.
As we were at The Grill, trying the steak was practically mandatory. 28-day aged beef comes as ribeye, fillet or sirloin, which we opted for. Served with triple-cooked chips and a choice of sauce, we went for bone marrow and wild garlic butter, with the meat tender and perfectly cooked for our tastes. However, it’s worth pointing out that it is on the pricey side – setting you back £34 for the 12oz sirloin. There are also sharing cuts on offer which are priced by 100g portions, T-bone, cotê de boeuf or chateaubriand. If you’re feeling particularly flash (or you’ve got the company credit card!), you can even add monkfish scampi or half a Maine lobster to your steak!
The rest of the menu is a mix of classic dishes such as a cheeseburger, mixed grill, fish and chips, fish of the day or lamb rack. We tried the slow roast ‘Creedy Carver’ duck leg (a breed from Devon) with spice lentils, spring greens and black cherry sauce. The duck was delicious and paired nicely with the spiced lentils, making the overall dish less heavy than if it was paired with potato. If you’re after something a bit lighter or are a veggie, the black quinoa, pumpkin, spring greens, avocado, beetroot and pumpkin seed salad was very tempting!
With four floors each offering something a little different, Smiths of Smithfields is a great place to keep in mind when in the area as there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!
For more information visit: www.smithsofsmithfield.co.uk/