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This is where Mark Hix first got going under his own steam back in 2008 and, a shed load of oysters later, it’s still a useful address by Smithfield Market. The space is simple enough, a British brasserie if you like, and service can be “a little erratic to say the least” – although it’s never less than charming. Food-wise, it’s not all about Loch Ryan No 2s and Pyefleet Creek’s finest bivalves – the location by Smithfield market ensures that the quality of the meat is also “superb” (try a whopping Moyallon pork ‘baron’ chop to share). Otherwise, char-grilled Torbay cuttlefish might turn up in a first-course salad, game is sure to figure in season, and eclectic dishes such as goat curry with rock samphire pakoras show the kitchen’s mettle. Pre-theatre deals and well-reported Sunday lunches (“with a jazz band playing”) are added attractions, while cocktails and some compelling digestifs keep the party going.

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HIX Oyster & Chop House

36-37 Greenhill Rents ,London EC1M 6BN

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Excellent Sunday Roast

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Mar 2016

Editor's pick Being located just off of Smithfield market you won't be surprised to hear that the quality of the meat was superb, without a doubt the tastiest roast beef we have ever had, accompanied by the crispiest, fluffiest roast potatoes and an enormous yorkshire pudding. My only gripe was that it was served as an inch thick slab of meat, I like my beef rare, but prefer it to be thinly carved, not a great big hunk of steak. The side of cauliflower cheese was, in my opinion, pretty light on the cheese...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Jun 2014

My daughter had an hour and a half for lunch. i visited the restaurant 2o minutes early to explain the timing and was assured that there would be no problem having a relaxed meal in that time frame. It was not to be. Despite the fact that the restaurant was less than half full it was difficult to get attention and the food was very slow to arrive. In consequence i had to spend this important lunch checking : 'is the food coming now". It didn't make for a relaxing lunch and eventually my daughter...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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by   (3)

Mar 2014

Another excellent meal at Hix Smithfield. Back in the day, London used to be a tricky place to get a good steak. Nowadays we're spoilt for choice rather especially in the Smithfield area but Hix is a very safe bet. Faultless aparagus, poached eggs and potted shrimps prove that it's not just the carnivores that are looked after. One of my guests emailed me to say they ‘actually dreamt about that lamb chop it was so good!’ Service was friendly & efficient but marred by that annoying habit, sadly ubiquitous...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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A great place for a birthday meal

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Nov 2013

I took my wife to Hix to celebrate her birthday. We had a lovely evening – the atmosphere was vibrant without being overly noisy. The table we had had plenty of space – a pet hate of mine is top-end restaurants shoe-horning people onto tables the size of postage stamps. The service was excellent – attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious. Thoroughly recommended

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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by   gold reviewer (36)

Aug 2011

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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...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Oct 2009

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My wife and had a very poor meal at the Smithfield restaurant in October. The service was incredibly sloppy: we had to wait a while to be seated; my wife ordered lobster and was told some time after that it was off the menu; the waiter forgot our wine and we had to re-order onion rings after our meal had arrived as he had forgot them too. The food was really average – a lamb chop that was just a lump of meat and skate that was slightly over-cooked. The best thing by a mile was the pork crackling....

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 3

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by   (2)

Aug 2009

An excellent restaurant that doesn't take itself too seriously but still serves seriously good food. I been looking forward to going here for some time having seen the owner on a couple of cookery TV shows. I was not disappointed. The room looks excellent and had a fantastic atmosphere the evening that we went. The menu is very ‘meaty’ but why shouldn't it be – it is after all described as a chop house. The wine list is very reasonable and has a good range. The warm loaf of bread and butter were...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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by   (2)

May 2009

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

We have just repatriated to the UK from Hungary, so are delighted to be staying in Smithfield, as we have never been here before. We came across Hix Oyster & Chop House by chance walking along the street. My husband being an oyster lover, we thought we would look at the menu. It offered a wide range of choices for oyster and non-oyster lovers. So we decided to try it out. When we took our seats, to my joy the waitress asked if we would like water; still, sparkling or tap! Tap, how good is that?...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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by   bronze reviewer (11)

Apr 2009

Honest food, cooked well with the focus on the quality of the ingredients…service was unpredictable but friendly. I liked the simple interior and silver hotelware for veg dishes…makes a change to over-designed ‘silliness’ (aka…Bob Bob Ricard – what is that about? see my review on this place). Talking of ‘silliness’, prices at Hix are over the top…I know ingredients are ‘top notch’ but this is too much. Half your prices and this place would be the perfect local. But what do I know, Hix is ‘hot’ and...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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    Tiki Chris :: tikichris HIX Oyster amp Chop House

    Last week, Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) hosted a Best Dressed Irish Oyster competition at Hix Oyster and Chop House in Farringdon. I tagged along for the chance to slurp down some especially delicious oysters and while having a look at how participating chefs went about dressing them up.
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Mark Hix

Chef, restaurateur and contemporary-art lover Mark Hix was a champion of great British ingredients long before it became fashionable. He spent the best part of two decades as chef-director of Caprice Holdings before opening his first solo restaurant Hix Oyster & Chop House in Farringdon in 2008. His rapidly expanding empire currently numbers eight eateries, including Hix Mayfair, Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis and his chicken and steak concept Tramshed.

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