The Handbook
The Handbook

Cast your mind back to twenty years ago? What were you doing? Well, if you were chef John Torode you were opening ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield restaurant, a Farrindgon staple, housed in a grade II-listed building.

Now, Smiths has undergone a wow-worthy revamp by Young’s, providing guests with four floors of foodie heaven. Following the ethos of the higher you go the higher-end to lure you in. For those who find it hard to decide which cuisine to opt for when heading out for date-night, Smiths isn’t going to help the matter, with each floor offering something different.

Floor One houses Death + Victory, a bar for those whose cocktail game is strong. The bespoke cocktails are based around the site’s rich 850-year history and inspired by Scottish patriot William Wallace, with each chapter taking inspo from a different era, from the 12th century to present day.

Going up a floor, and it almost feels as if you’re in a different establishment all together. The Grill champions British meat, with 28-day aged beef coming as ribeye, fillet or sirloin. Or, if you’re eyes are bigger than your belly and you’re proud of it, why not go whole-hog, (or cow in this case), and get the Scotch chateaubriand, côte de boeuf or T-bone cuts, sold by the weight.

Floor three sees the amalgamation of food and views, to provide a vista over the dome of Smithfield Market, plush booths and fully retractable floor-to-ceiling glazing. On the food front, (because we know that’s what you’re most interested in), classic plates will sit alongside contemporary dishes, with mains inclusive of Hampshire lamb belly, crispy sweetbreads, grilled gem lettuce, buttermilk and ewe’s cheese, or the Scotch beef Wellington with spring greens.

Conveniently, the ground floor, Smiths Café and Bar, will allow you to fuel yourself with coffee to help you target the next three floors. The floor allows you to plug in and connect too, so why not work all day and then head up for dinner? Sorry, we’re being a bad influence aren’t we…

‘Smiths’ of Smithfield: 67-77 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ,