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|Address:||36-37 Greenhill Rents, London EC1M 6BN|
|Tel:||020 3589 4526|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £19.50||Champagne: £46.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-SUN 12N-11pm (Sun -9pm)|
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Most recent visit July 2011, and our (circa) 20th since the place opened. We love the professional but very friendly and usually charming service. When combined with the décor and furnishing, it gives the place a very relaxing and informal atmosphere, where you can be equally comfortable in jeans or a suit.
The focus is on very high quality British ingredients; so no olives – but some great “local” alternatives ! Their meat is always extremely good quality & very tasty. On past occasions, we've eaten superb quality porterhouse steak, tasty grouse and crispy succulent pig. They are also adventurous enough to have a go at something different – we had some very gamey squirrel on one visit. Most recently, we had very simple but incredibly fresh and tasty watercress soup, followed by beautifully lean and tasty rack of venison. Accompanying vegetable side orders are always incredibly fresh and tasty. High quality simple and unfussy dishes – but very tasty. The ingredients are the very best, with cooking and preparation designed to bring out the flavour of the food, not to smother it. A pleasant change to go to a restaurant that is not working to the maxim that using more ingredients must be better.
Sunday lunch is also very worthwhile, and especially suited to a bigger group of friends / family. Normally have a very good roast of the day. A great way to spend a sunday afternoon.
Seems to work out at £90 for 2 for 2 courses, inc service ex all drinks – but we do tend to choose the more expensive dishes (eg fab Porterhouse steak @ £65 for 2). Total bills including £40-£60 on wine average £180 for 2. Its not cheap, but quality costs (as anyone buying food at Borough Market knows), so I consider it very good value.
One of our current favourite London restaurants. Strongly recommended. Difficult to criticise if you're looking for simple but great tasting food and friendly service in a characterful and relaxing environment. The cooking, decor and service are perfectly suited to the Smithfield location.