food + drink Smithfield

Flying High/Bird of Smithfield

Bird has the feel of a private Soho member’s club, without the membership, covering five floors from basement cocktail bar, lounge bar, dining room and rooftop bar

With an eclectic mix of diners from creatives to suited-and-booted city types, the stylish Ivy-esque dining room, with mirror-ceiling, displays some great artwork to peruse between choosing your dishes from a modern British/European menu.

Book a table next to the window, looking out over the historic Smithfield market. Even if you don’t eat bread you won’t be able to resist the freshly baked bread and butter. Steak tartare served with radish, confit crispy shallots and confit egg is sublime, as are the Beetroots served with a horseradish cream and chicory. Bird’s pride and joy, the shepherd’s pie, with minced lamb and slow cooked shoulder of lamb, is beautifully piped with a layer of potato and served with peas.

For dessert, a superb salted caramel, banana and coconut cake served with rum and raisin ice cream will slide down easily or on the other hand, a perfectly sized cheeseboard with a pot of delicious homemade chutney will do the trick.

26 Smithfield St, London EC1A 9LB

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