Bird of Smithfield
26 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9LB
Latest critic review: June 29, 2013
Critics' score: 5.5 out of 10

Alan Bird, former Executive Chef at the Ivy has opened this eponymous restaurant and bar in Smithfield, seating 150 people across five floors (with a roof terrace too). There is an all-day restaurant, bar and a few private dining areas serving traditional British food and the bar has been created by the people behind Purl.

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Giles Coren Times
Reviewed by June 29, 2013
"There were good vegetable sides, claret and barbera d’asti by the glass, and a general sense of a very serviceable place, with occasional stand-out elements. Definitely give it a pop if you’re in the area." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6.5
Grace Dent Evening Standard
Reviewed on June 07, 2013
"The service was, by no slender meaning of the word, atrocious. It was a masterclass in things that should never happen during a £140 dinner." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 4
Emma Sturgess Metro
Reviewed on May 23, 2013
"It’s early days but if Bird has been given the freedom to do what he wants here, the sense of exploration and excitement you might expect is well hidden." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on May 21, 2013
"A buttery small sole was topped with savoury brown shrimps and the slightly bitter leaves of foraged sea beet and sea purslane. Calf’s liver was trimmed into tidy tiles then pan-fried and topped with sage butter, crisped bacon and slow-cooked onions; the simplest flavours are still sometimes the best." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8

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Address26 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9LB
Telephone number 020 7559 5100
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
Opening times7.30am – 12am Monday to Wednesday
7.30am – 2am Thursday to Saturday
Sunday 9am – 5pm
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)

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