Something beautiful about the new first floor cocktail bar at the Farringdon based Smiths of Smithfield is the atmosphere and unique drinks on offer. There was a chilled out vibe with table service all evening, which made a nice change to many launches.
I’ve never seen such a well executed cocktail list and the Gaby was my favourite, consisting of: Rye Vodka, Lillet Rose Aperitif, Homemade, Pomegranate Reduction, Devaux Champagne. Some people were a little more adventurous and went for the BBQ Martini: Barbeque Smoked Wood Chip infused Vodka, Noilly Prat Ambre, served with Pork Scratching. Pretty adventurous but tying in well with the history of the business and the meat market opposite. A meat market in a cocktail – who would have thought?
The canapés were served up all evening and we went home stuffed. Miniature versions of the evening bar menu came out in flurries and consisted of:
Beef Sliders, Woodhall’s Cured Ham & Remolade Wrap, Salt Cod Fritters, Alioli, Arancini , Meat Sauce, Mozzarella, Spiced Beef, Little Gem Cups, Smoked Cheese & Herb Croquettes, Char Sui belly Pork Bun, Scallops, Woodall’s Cured Ham, Béarnaise, Chicken & Peanut Cakes, Roast chilli, Vietnam Vegetable Rolls, Nam Jim Sauce. And wow they blew my mind – no pictures though as had cocktail in one hand and quite a few arancini in the other – the meat sauce was stunning!
The industrial features of the original building have remained within the design , it has been transformed with soft furnishings for a more comfortable and intimate experience.
Their new head of bar is Tiziano Tasso, formerly from the Ivy Club and winner of many industry competitions including Bar Personality of the year 2012 in Imbibe Magazine. He makes his own bitters, has his own vintage glasses and creates truly stunning drinks that you won’t find anywhere else.
Love the new bar and am looking forward to trying out their weekend brunch and afternoon tea in there too.
Smiths of Smithfield, First Floor, 67-77A Charterhouse Street, London, Greater London EC1M 6HJ
020 7251 7950