An excellent restaurant, serving now rarely found traditional British dishes, prepared to a very high standard. It's located in a converted Smithfield smokehouse - the entrance leading into an informal bar and bakery; with the whitewashed dining room, with its paper-clothed tables - to the rear.
The menu changes a little each day, but expect to find the likes of 'Snails, Sausages and Horseradish'; 'Pig's Cheek and Butter Bean Broth'; 'Lamb Broth'; 'Crisp Pig's Ear and Dandelion Salad' or 'Mussels with Leeks and Celeriac' among the starters.
Maybe 'Lambs' Tongues, Turnips and Mustard'; 'Hare Saddle & Lentils'; 'Kedgeree'; 'Ox Tongue with Lentils' or 'Fillet of Brill with Tartare Sauce' to follow.
Desserts might include ' Syllabub with Shortbread Fingers'; Eccles Cake and Lancashire Cheese' and 'Ginger Loaf or Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce' - but like all the menu, everything is seasonal.
Friendly and knowledgeable service.
- Food Style: British Traditional
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00, Sun 12,30-15.00; mains about £16 to £32
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-23.00; mains about £16 to £32
- Seats: 100
- Wine: an all French wine list kicks off at in the mid £20's
- Wheelchair access: No
- Nearest station: Farringdon Underground
- Directions: about 100 metres from Smithfield Market going north. See the map on this page.
- Closed: D Sun, Sat L, 1 week Christmas, most Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned