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Polpo’s Smithfield branch is a ‘near replica’ of Russell Norman’s original Venetian-style bácaro in Soho – and that’s a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it seems to be the thinking behind
the trendy brick-and-tile interiors, the downstairs Negroni bar and hip ‘small plates’ menu scrawled on rough paper. The result is a ‘kooky’ hangout that’s always jammed and ‘great for a date’.
Sharing is the way to go, which means you can give the menu a decent workout: start with ‘cicheti’ (small snacks) and an Aperol spritz before dipping into super-delicious cuttlefish and ink
risotto, subtle rabbit and chicory tonnata salad or whole mozzarella with a heap of perfect broad beans. To finish, order the flourless orange cake or Nutella pizzette, plus another carafe of
Italian wine (it’s that kind of place). You can book for lunch, but after 5pm it’s first come, first served.
Polpo Smithfield is recommended for
Join us for Aperitivo Time every day from 3-6pm. Sip on a Spritz or cocktail and enjoy bar snacks of Black truffle crisps & Bella di Cerignola olives for £5. Selected cicheti is £1 a piece. Cin cin!
Premium cocktail masterclass, just £25
Join us for a Premium cocktail masterclass for the price of Standard. You will be greeted with a Bellini on arrival and a light selection of cicheti to start off. Our talented Bar Manager will show you how to make four cocktails that you will sample as you go. In the end, there will be a fun and entertaining competition where each guest will have a chance to play with the ingredients and re-create shown cocktails or create their own. The best cocktail wins a prize!