Farringdon’s little secret at Bird of Smithfield

Being a bird in Smithfield probably doesn’t give you the best chance of survival, unless you are a restaurant.

Bird of Smithfield is a refined and smart restaurant, with private dining rooms, a ground floor bar, private underground club and roof terrace, all of which exude the style of a gorgeous London town home, with marble and stone staircases connecting the different areas.

It covers all bases whether you’re planning a private dinner party, a business lunch, or a romantic dinner.

The dining room overlooks Smithfield market in Farringdon, with fresh cut flowers in mini vases and hot homemade bread straight from the oven slathered in deliciously salty butter.

To start we shared the hot-smoked organic salmon, heritage beetroots, horseradish with lemon and the West Coast scallops, Jerusalem artichokes, Cobble Lane nduja and broad beans. Both were exquisitely presented, especially the salmon with it’s miniature edible flowers.

Being so close to the market I went for the market steak of the day (it would be rude not to), whilst my dining companion delved into Marsh lamb, pearl barley, broad bean & tomato relish with cardamom & mint yoghurt.

We shared sides of buttered mixed beans and creamed spinach which accompanied the mains perfectly, adding a refreshing touch.

For pudding and to accompany our wine we nibbled on Buchanan cheese, biscuits and homemade chutneys, which took us into the late evening.

We concluded our evening with camparinha cocktails on the roof terrace looking out onto the London skyline.

Bird of Smithfield

26 Smithfield St London EC1A 9LB