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of Smithfield is a newish five story townhouse located in the heart of Farringdon which features a bar, restaurant and roof terrace. The bar area recently launched a new burger menu which we went along to road test. Inside the decor feels pretty fem with roses in mini-milk bottles on tables, white marble tables and chairs and some fruity, fizzy cocktails.

The venue is owned by Alan Bird – previously at the Ivy – so it’s fair to say expectations are set high when it comes to the food and we were not disappointed…The juicy Smokin’ Bird burger topped with brisket and smoked cheese was packed full of meat whilst the Dirty Bird made up of chicken breast, rarebit, crispy bacon and fried egg was comfort food at its best. Both came with a slaw which was fresh and crunchy without the overly creaminess which can sometimes tip one over the edge with a burger.


Feeling pretty done in by the burgers we shared a Maldon Sea Salt and Cru Virunga Chocolate Crackling Pot which killed it. Salty, creamy caramel on top of a thick, dense chocolate mousse. Top marks. We liked Bird of Smithfield a lot but we’d have liked it even more if the service stepped up to the mark and we’d totally recommend using a knife and fork for your burger too. No one likes a messy eater in a posh bar peeps.

26 Smithfield Street London EC1A 9LB