SMITHS Of Smithfield Ground Floor Cafe

3.6
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54 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Four floors of great eating and drinking opposite Smithfield Meat Market, 'SMITHS’ of Smithfield is an all-day drinking & dining venue celebrating the best of British – bringing the unbeatable taste of British meat together with the finest British seasonal produce. The ground floor is home to the ‘SMITHS’ Café during the day, where you can enjoy honest, hearty dishes whilst soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. The menu includes old favourites such as the Fish Finger Sandwich and more recent additions like Eggs Porky (pulled pork, poached eggs, muffin, hollandaise).

Not to scare off any vegetarians though, as there's also plenty of veggie options.

The Ground Floor transitions into 'SMITHS' Bar early evening so if you are in the mood, finish your coffee and see day through to night with a local craft beer, glass of wine or a cocktail with a 'SMITHS' twist.
What 54 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.5
Food
3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.5
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place in my neighbourhood for a Sunday brunch.
Plenty of food and great service. Also very affordable.

K
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

I ordered steak and eggs, they forgot the eggs - when the eggs finally arrived I had finished my meal.

No adjustment to the bill, and they got the drinks order wrong too.

Wasn’t the waitress’ fault. I saw her ask the manager about the bill, and he told her not to reflect the poor service.

I don’t recommend this restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Very slow service. Took 50 mins to get breakfast.
Virtually no service at all. Very short staffed. Took 10 mins to catch someone’s eye to get milk for my tea!

Bacon hard, beans terrible.

Shame

H
London
171 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A decent place. Still going strong and worth a visit.

KD
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great breakfast. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs cooked perfectly

LW
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really good lunch sandwiches.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Food was terrible (chicken burger tasteless, focaccia hard), service took too long even though it was mostly empty, but the bloody Mary was fantastic. Haven't been in a while and won't be back again soon.

NO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Good location close to Farringdon station. Food and service was fine also. Would use this place again for a meeting place for a quick bite before work.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The venue is really nice, great for big groups of friends / colleagues. The food was good, but the service a little slow, we had to wait 45 minutes for the food to arrive. At least we had the drinks quickly. Overall, I do recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good
Recommended

OT
London
48 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had the full English which was excellent. Great venue and a good meeting pint for a friends get together.

MY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

£14.50 for a burger, and a mediocre one at that did not endear me to Smiths of Smithfield. They did not even have a record of my booking despite being shown the reservation on a mobile. It was fortunate that the place was quite at the time we visited.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Despite Smiths/opentable emailing, texting and phoning to confirm my reservation they couldn't find it when I arrived!
Food was good, reasonably noise level at lunch time and good for an informal business chat.

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience4

It took 15 mins for someone to take my drink order and another 15 to get my drink.

Our food was left on the side for so long that it was cold by the time we got it 35 mins after we ordered it.

Definitely not enough staff to cover so many lunch time covers and one waitress didn't seem to care too much about her job and made poor mistakes like leaning over eating clients to put drinks across the table.

Hopefully just an off day but wasn't very impressed. Plus side is, if the food was hot, it would have been great value. Prices are fair.

CA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

I booked online using Opentable for 4 covers. I called just before the booking time to say 2 more people would be joining, and they couldn't see my booking. They told me I should book on their own website in future, but that she would make the reservation over the phone for me now. By the time my delegates arrived, the booking still had not been confirmed and there was no table under my name like they were expecting. This was a business meeting so it was not professional at all.

EH
London
124 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Overall a good meal - enjoyed a delicious three cheese macaroni and my companion had the classic burger. However, the service distinctly slackened off towards the end - no offer of dessert, we had to pin down someone to get a coffee, no sugar brought with the coffees and then the bill was delivered (after we again pinned someone down) with no follow-up. After waiting an age (in a restaurant with only a few tables occupied by that time), I eventually had to get up to pay so I could get back to work! Why don't restaurants bring the card machine when they bring the bill?! Or at least do so quickly afterwards...?

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I've been here a few times as I work quite near it. Both times were for breakfast on a weekend. Place is always buzzing in the cafe so best to make reservations. Breakfast options were good and good values. Staff always smiling and friendly and attentive. Very casual setting but weekends people do tend to dress up as their bottomless brunches are quite popular. I like this place, would go back for sure.

M
London
33 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Breakfast - good choice and food

TM
London
105 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really nice breakfast in a room with plenty of friendly atmosphere.
The staff were great and it was a very good start to the day.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

They said they're no longer accepting OpenTable for reservations although OpenTable shows it as option for booking

k
London
48 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wanted a quick bite in the Farringdon area, and went to the ground floor bar for an enjoyable meal. Nice food, good value and great service.

c
London
184 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2017
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had a casual breakfast on the 1st floor. We will return.

UB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2017
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

Not one of the staff was friendly and we felt that they were impatient with us. We hadn't seen each other for a long time so got talking and forgot to peruse the menu but the waiter seemed impatient. It's the job of the waiter to not look impatient at all... of course!

LS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Bottomless brunch was good value for money and the options varied. However the service was incredibly slow even though it wasn't that busy. Felt a bit ignored at times but staff were very pleasant when they were serving.

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a reliable brunch option on the weekend - great food and atmosphere . Though the crowds emerging from Fabric next door always make me feel my age!

RR
London
100 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had a really nice breakfast on Friday, my only comment would be that the music was very loud and it was hard to hear what each other was saying!

C
London
169 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Great spot to dine. We had a nice time and enjoyed ourselves.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good value for money, friendly staff and tasty food all in a great setting!

LS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Bottomless Brunch can't be faulted & the service was amazing.
There was some issue with booking & they had 2 reservations in the end but this was easily sorted.
The venue however was v cold, we were seated near the windows & it was freezing, other than that all good!

s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2017
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

We have been many times and it didn't disappoint. Lovely

US
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have a good meal here. Friendly staff, good food and a nice atmosphere

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lively informal dining with good food and pleasant service

CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good service and fun environment, but a little loud.

P
London
34 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Positives - buzzing bar, lots of people in lunch break. I went with baby in pram. Very easy to navigate around the bar and lift access to toilets/change room on first floor.

Negatives - waiter was a bit patronising. I asked if they served hot drinks, he laughed, rolled eyes and said 'we're a cafe, of course we do' - pity he hadn't left me a menu on our table to highlight this.
I ordered hot chocolate, it wasn't great. The BBC Apprentice losing team probably get something possibly better while waiting in the cafe for Lord Sugar to bring the axe down on one of their heads.
I ordered chicken burger - it was overlooked and would possibly have made a great chew toy for pets. Friend ordered regular burger. Same as mine, over cooked, dry and uninspiring. Maybe we just made a bad choice or the staff were having a bad day. I hope so as I used to really like this venue.

O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Quick and efficient service, limited but fine menu of basics to eat at lunch - especially if time limited. Not many similar set ups in the area and was accessible to the people meeting.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2016
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service really slow, had to grab their attention several times. Food good and tasty, great value for money

AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2016
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We went as a group for the Saturday bottomless brunch, and it was great. The food was lovely, with a good variety of choices (healthy-unhealthy!) and the free-flow prosecco was delicous. Our waiter David (2 thumbs up!) was awesome and friendly and generous. Would highly recommend if your after a fun brunch with mates.

KC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

had the bottomless brunch offer, great music, fantastic ambience!
a must

BF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2016
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Rather disappointed. Interesting location and menu looked OK however the execution was poor. Bacon should be well cooked if it's fatty and don't bury the black pudding under a mountain of mushrooms whilst being stingy with the baked beans. And when it says toast I expect something firmer than a slice of warmed bread.

S
London
27 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2016
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Consistent experience with nice food and a slow service in a beautiful setting. Great place if you have time to spare at lunch