Hammer & Tongs

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South African, Barbecue, Steak

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Bronze Award
This casual, two-floor temple to meat is just off Exmouth Market and offers all the joys of proper South African barbecue, without having to stay outside. The custom-built, flaming braai fills the ground floor with aromas which BBQ addicts won’t be able to get enough of. The menu offers a selection of sosaties (skewers), steaks and potjies (stews cooked in cast-iron pots) which have all seen the fire, followed by its signature lamb ribs or boerewors (beef sausages), swordfish or perhaps spice-rubbed chicken wings. We were advised to order those signature ribs to share between two, which resulted in a hulking, crispy-skinned mass of meat which could easily have fed twice as many. That last fact makes this option a bargain, especially as it includes a ‘beer-can’ onion studded with little pickled onions. A side of mixed Heirloom tomatoes was a perfectly fresh and juicy foil to a potential smoke overdose, as is the basement bar’s house Gin Sour: our sparklingly fresh, well balanced serve demonstrated H&T’s commitment to great drinks. Our advice? Overlook the somewhat underwhelming location and bring an empty stomach for a thoroughly good-value BBQ feast.

Good to know about Hammer & Tongs

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
South African, Barbecue, Steak
Ambience
Buzzy

Location for Hammer & Tongs

171 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3AL

Opening Times of Hammer & Tongs

Mon-Sat 12N-12M

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