Blacklock City

Silver Award
London, EC3M 8AA ·Website ·Call020 7998 7676

SquareMeal Review of Blacklock City

Silver Award

Considering the popularity of the original Blacklock in Soho, it’s no surprise that the chophouse has added to its portfolio. This City branch takes a larger form, seating 100 covers in an industrial-style basement of exposed brickwork and concrete floors with a crowd-pleasing, eclectic soundtrack.

Founder Gordon Ker has made room on the menu for some new additions, such as the tangy pig’s head on toast to start, topped with gherkins, chilli pepper and lashings of gravy. Blacklock’s signature ‘all in’ option has wisely not been messed with and remains a must-order: a perfectly cooked stack of beef, lamb and pork chops served atop crisp, herb-flecked flatbreads, which have soaked up the meat juices.

Cocktails can be found at the bulky brass bar upon entering, with sips including the Pink Lady (cider brandy, cider syrup and Prosecco) impressing, and all for just £5 each. Meanwhile, desserts add to the homely feel with vanilla cheesecake atop a crumbly biscuit base, served tableside out of a tray.

Friendly, fun staff, reasonable prices and the option to book (unlike the original) cement Blacklock City’s position as a cut above the rest – we wouldn’t be surprised to see more.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Lively
Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for Blacklock City

Updated on 03 Jul 2020

Reopening on 1st September

Location for Blacklock City

13 Philpot Lane , London, EC3M 8AA

020 7998 7676


Opening Times

Mon-Thurs 5-10pm (Thurs -11pm)

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10 Reviews 

Alex G

Love of the flatiron
21 January 2020  

Five years is a long time in London restaurant history terms. Gourmand Gunno visited the original Blacklock site in Soho when it first opened in 2015. Since then, the venture has gone from strength to strength. The mini-empire now comprises three outlets, with more rumoured to be on the agenda. It was a pleasure then to visit the Blacklock venue in the City for a recent working lunch. Similar to Blacklock Soho having a backstory (located on the site of a former brothel), Blacklock City has historic pedigree, located in a cool basement venue (formerly an electricity substation) of a Grade II listed building. Sure, there’s the usual exposed brick and piping, but the site is nonetheless a talking point. The real reason for coming, of course, is the food. It’s a predictable, yet successful formula: lots of meat (all sustainably sourced) grilled on Blacklock’s signature flatiron. For £20/head, it is very hard to fault Blacklock’s ‘all-in’ lunchtime offering. We began with a selection of light bites, artfully presented, light in body yet piquant to taste (egg and anchovy was my favourite). Onto the main event and a platter of sizzling meat comprising beef, lamb and pork arrived at our table. Dig-in is the mantra, with the race to the bottom being of prime importance, since there reside the herb-crusted flatbreads. Not that exciting you may think, but once they have absorbed the juices of the meats, this is soggy decadence in every mouthful. Many around us were drinking cocktails (about which I heard positive things), but we stuck to wine, chosen from an inventive list. A South African Cinsault worked as a lovely foil to the earthy richness of the meat. If all this were not reason enough to visit, then note that Blacklock City – unlike its Soho sibling – can be booked in advance.

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Izzi B

fab food, service was slacking
12 August 2019   - Verified Diner

We had a lovely meal on Friday lunch, it was just let down by service a little, which was a little slow. We waited quite a while for food and we weren't offered pudding and had to wave a few times for the bill. We also had a 'disagreement' with our waitress - our lamb cutlets came out as starter, but we wanted them with our mains, she recultantly took them back to the kitchen, she did feel the need to tell us we had ordered them as starters (we hadn't). Perhaps it was just a one off though as usually their service is fantastic in their Soho and Shoreditch branch. 

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29 March 2019  
Great food and brilliant service.

Dionne-Alicia B

Great working lunch
21 January 2019  
The food was amazing, so much so that I order way more than I needed to, but somehow managed to finish it all. I have no complaints about the service as it was a busy lunch period, I did not find myself waiting to long to be seated or served. This was a lunch that all who attended enjoyed.
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Chiara P

05 July 2018  
What's not to love about a big pile of meat followed by helping yourself to as much white chocolate cheesecake as your distended belly can hold? Nothing! And there's more, 10 hr ash roasted sweet potato so it goes super caramelised and sticky and they're the only people who have ever made me love kale (by smothering it in Parmesan) Work your way through the short but ever changing cocktail menu and leave full, drunk and happy (the best combination!).

Rachel B

27 June 2018  
Everything was excellent, Monday night and it was packed to the rafters. Service was stealthily excellent, food prompt and cocktail choices well priced and novel. Definitely tell everyone and go back!

Rita G

Meat lovers delight
28 November 2017  
Excellent food and service, very much focused on good quality food. Plenty of meat, My colleague felt it was very much a 'mans' place
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Chiara P

07 May 2017  
Amazing food, and short but ever changing great cocktails, cool atmosphere but you can actually book so you don't have to spend ages waiting in line. And save room for the bread and butter pudding, you'll regret it if you don't!

Graham K

Great meat Great value Great service
11 April 2017  
We had a fantastic time at the new Blacklock. We'd been to Soho and loved it. Here we had the new scallops and ribs starters and shared bacon chops and rib eyes! Delicious and the sides are always a dream and i'm pleased to say they were here too! Shout out to Sarina for fantastic service and all in all great value for money too! Loved it
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Stephen W

Meat cellar
10 April 2017  
Tried out this newly opened branch of Blacklock on a Friday night. The service was very keen, perhaps overly so b ut I'm sure that will settle down when the enthusiasm of the young waiters wears off. The menu is short but interesting. We enjoyed the selection of canapes which were tasty and left room for the meat. The main course was excellent sides were good - we had kale and sweet potato. The star though has to be the meat which was top notch. Oh and the puddings were good too.
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