Smiths of Smithfield Ground Floor information

Smiths of Smithfield Bar & Brasserie has a huge glass frontage, and looks out over the railway . Inside the venue is decorated with reclaimed timber and industrial steel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner area available from 7am till 11pm.

Ranked #714 of 5241 restaurants in London
"Smiths of Smithfield Ground Floor Cafe and Bar has a relaxed, industrial feel. Our cafe is open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm and Sat-Sun 9:30am-5pm. We offer a great range of lunch dishes including burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads, and are known for our amazing brunches. The bar is open Mon-Sat until late and Sun 9:30am-5pm. We have a great range of cocktails, including our £6 collection available everyday from 5pm. We also offer a pre-ordered drinks package to really get the party started and we have a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights."

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By Andrew M.

I love Smiths of Smithfield, this bar has got everything! with funky music and a really good vibe - fab selection of wines beers and cocktails and if you're after something a little bit smarter there's a cocktail and champagne lounge upstairs! But the best thing is the atmosphere - always friendly and fun not at all snooty and the prices are not as high as many places in the area.

I've been on a Sunday too when they serve brunch on the ground floor - that was chilled and the food is good quality no nonsense fare and pretty good value. There is also a dining room upstairs and a fine dining area too.

Highly recommended!

By Maria S.

I’ve come here a few times but this was the last visit on my behalf. The industrial style dining area and long tables invites to a relaxed and informal dining experience, like breakfast or brunch. Unfortunately the very loud music works against any form of conversation. The food is non-fuss and honest. Unfortunately the waiters are too busy with themselves and not interested in making the guests feel at home. So what once was an OK place to go has now become completely uninteresting.

By R.

I agreed to organise a lunch for 6 friends between Christmas and New Year. After much debate we decided on Smiths which I had never been to before. I booked a table the day before for 7 in the Brasserie. We met for drinks in the bar downstairs which we were allowed to take up to our table.

The service was excellent, possibly because we were based near a waiter station and the food was gorgeous. I had the burger which was very nicely done (medium) and we had some lovely wine (Pinot Grigio for the white lovers and a Chianti for the red). I'm sorry I didn't take a note of the name of the Chianti as it was really drinkable. We had lots of wine, most had 3 courses and the bill with tip worked out at £50 each. Some decamped to the bar downstairs and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon/early evening there. I'd definitely go back and everyone enjoyed it.

By C.

Stepping into the 2nd floor of this wonderful restaurant (Smiths of Smithfield), there are dishes that one must order...
1)Lucky Squid with Chilli Jam
2)Welsh Black Rib Steak (preferbly medium cooked)
3)Crisp Belly of Pork served with Mashed Potato and Green Sauce

Very Nice!

By E.

While slick operations run on floors one, two and three of Smiths of Smithfield, the Ground Floor is a far more relaxed and laid-back setting where weeknight drinks and weekend brunches dominate.

The Venue
Smiths of Smithfield used to be quite the cool kids hangout – being next door to fabric nightclub gave it a certain pre-club kudos, while Smithfield market over the road added an element of heritage, never mind the fact that celebrity chef John Torode was driving the operation. Now Torode has parted ways with SOS, the multi-floor venue has to rely on other things to keep the punters coming, and the ground floor bar is the first chance the venue has to lure them in. A very stripped-back aesthetic is met with classic trendy embellishments like exposed ceiling ducts, pendant lamps and a dank, dark concrete floor. Plenty of long benches and a few round tables with stools make up a fairly utilitarian seating arrangement and a kitchen to the side adds a little visual stimulation should people watching or the haze of your laptop screen no longer suffice.

The Atmosphere
It’s the most casual setting of all the floors - an all-day venue acting as a café and work station during the day, an after work drink port of call by night and a lazy brunch option at weekends. Slicker business people filter through to the other floors, so expect a relatively smart-casual crowd here, although during the day there will always be the inevitable laid-back business meeting taking place. Come the evening, the crowd can get lively, aided by a soundtrack of hip indie beats and the rumble of trains underground from nearby Farringdon station. Service is less of a hit, though, with occasionally abrasive staff rushing your order or forgetting you made one altogether. You may be better off getting served over at the bar.

The Food
Bar snacks and brunch make up the menu at Smiths of Smithfield. These snacks are limited to hot rolls, including an ever-popular fish finger sandwich (£5.50) with satisfyingly fat fingers of cod and a sharp tartare sauce in fresh bloomer bread. A BBQ pulled pork sarnie with slaw (£6) is another crowd pleaser, too. The café menu is only available at allotted times during the day, which includes brunch options, so if you’re hankering a fry-up don’t leave it too late. You’ll be handsomely rewarded for turning up on time though, with even the veggie breakfast (£7.50) providing a whopping plate of fried delights, with spinach and bubble and squeak making nice additions. However, with the famous meat market over the road, a traditional fry up is recommended, since it comes with only the best British meat.

The Drink
Classic cocktails are whipped up behind the bar, with the option of a Whisky Sour (£8) or Tom Collins (£8) suiting the business crowd well. A Bloody Mary with brunch is reasonably well spiced – many may prefer a bit more kick with theirs – but served in a pint glass, it’s a bit of a feast. A collection of cocktails at just £5 is recession-proof though, especially when it comes to a boozy Caipirinha. Beers are another string to the bar’s bow, with their own brand of SOS lager (£4.10) brewed in the Czech Republic and joining a list of other continentals the likes of Vedett, Grolsch and Zatec.

The Last Word
The ground floor bar at Smiths of Smithfield may not be as good as in its glory days, and the atmosphere can leave a lot to be desired at certain times of day. But if it’s after work drinks or a casual business setting you’re in search of, SOS doesn’t do too badly – especially, when those £5 cocktails come into play.

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