It is always exciting to come across a hidden gem like Bird of Smithfield in Clerkenwell. Set within a lovely Georgian townhouse and spread across five levels, Bird of Smithfield boasts a lounge bar, basement cocktail bar, an elegant restaurant, a dining room as well as a roof terrace with views over the iconic Smithfield Market. Talented head chef Tommy Boland who gained experience in Michelin-starred restaurants like the Square created an alluring menu of modern British cuisine with French influences that doesn’t disappoint!
Initially launched by former Ivy chef Alan Bird in 2013, the Bird of Smithfield is a fun multi-storey affair where guests can slowly work themselves up from the basement cocktail bar (great for private parties) to the restaurant and all the way up to the roof bar. We started our evening by enjoying a cocktail each in the ground floor bar where we received a warm welcome by Dana.
My husband had a G&T made with Jinzu Gin (Japanese gin) that was decorated with pomegranate seeds, giving it a lovely festive touch while I sipped on ‘Memories of last Summer’ that reminded me of our recent trip to St Lucia!
The bar was nicely decorated with lots of quirky little things, coffee table books & Christmas decor.
We chose a bottle of Domaine Mandeville Pinot Noir 2016 for the evening which was nicely aerated in front of us by Lorenzo who looked after us royally all evening!
Delicious rustic sourdough bread with a nice crispy crust and chewy inside was served warm on a wooden plate with plain & seaweed butter to the side (my husband got gluten-free bread instead).
For starters, I opted for the Isle of Orkney Scallops with Jerusalem artichoke puree, chanterelles, kibbled onion & black truffle. It arrived smelling beautifully of mushrooms and the large scallops were perfectly cooked – an absolute delight and great start to the meal!
My husband had the Salad of Baked Heritage Beetroot with roquette, goat’s curd, pear and pickled crapaudine. A lovely light dish to start with, perfectly balanced with nice earthy flavours.
Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year – loving all the festive food that comes with it so I was happy to see Christmas flavours on the menu, choosing the Breast of Guniea Fowl with crushed root vegetables, Agen prune and roasting juices for my mains. This is also a fabulous dish for people that are looking for an alternative to the traditional turkey for Christmas!
My husband meanwhile had the Roasted Sirloin of Beef with mushroom persillade, spinach, straw potato and a red wine jus which was cooked to his liking at medium rare.
For desserts, he had the Lemon sponge with clementine sorbet, lemon curd and poached clementine which was all gluten-free. It had a beautifully lemony taste, without being too acidic or sour.
While I stayed with the Christmas theme, finishing off with a Christmas Pudding Soufflé that was topped with eggnog ice cream. A real show stopper as it was all put together in front of me. It was ‘melt in the mouth’ delicious with a nice light texture and soft & creamy centre!
Before we headed to the roof bar to have a quick look around, we enjoyed a nice hot cup of tea that was accompanied by fruit jellies and on our way back down we managed to bump into Tommy Boland with whom we had a nice brief chat before we headed back home. All in a all a fabulous experience and recommended if you fancy something nice and romantic.
Bird of Smithfield
26 Smithfield St London EC1A 9LB Phone 020 7559 5100
8.00am – 12 am Monday to Friday, 5 pm – 1 am Saturday Closed on Sundays
We were guests of Bird of Smithfield – opinions as always are my own!