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Hammer & Tongs

171 Farringdon Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1R 3AL
Critics Review 9/10
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Monday Midday - 10:30pm
Tuesday Midday – 10:30pm
Wednesday Midday – 10:30pm
Thursday Midday – Midnight
Friday Midday – Midnight
Saturday Midday – Midnight
Sunday Midday – 4:15pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Event Space
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Business Lunch
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Bar

About Hammer & Tongs

Inspired by South African braai, Hammer & Tongs in Clerkenwell specialises in cuts of juicy, tender meats, served in a casual, warm and friendly restaurant. Meats are seasoned and marinated with worldly spices and herbs, and only the best available seasonal ingredients make it onto the Hammer & Tongs menu. Guests can complement their menu choices with a succinct wine list featuring some of South Africa's finest producers, a cocktail list which features the signature Driftwood Old Fashioned, and craft beer.

Cuisine: BBQ & Grill, African, Child Friendly, Cocktails, Romantic, Set Menu, Slow Food, Steak, Sunday Lunch, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly
Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
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9/10
With multiple diner awards, runner up for Best Restaurant in Clerkenwell, not to mention tons of fantastic reviews, prepare to be warmed up by Hammer and Tongs’ authentic wood-fired meats and barbecue. Upon arriving, we were given a warm welcome by our server, Jana, and shown to a lovely corner table away from the bustle. Menus were accompanied by a thorough explanation of how they prepare their food, leaving us to wrack our brains over which of the many delights to choose from.
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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Lovely neighbourhood restaurant. Great food. Great drinks. Fantastic staff.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

We had a lovely meal at Hammer & Tongs. The smell as you enter is incredible, the food fabulous, the wine seriously delicious and exceptionally friendly, helpful and quick service. Can’t wait to go back and try even more from their mouth watering menu!!!

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Visited On Thursday, 31 January 2019

Always amazing.

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Food was great. Chicken skewer especially. A little noisy with large rowdy tables early in the evening.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Great food, the only downside is that we order the steak medium/rare but it was medium, Overall really nice, will do again

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

The food that we had was good and it was good value for money with a 30% discount. However there were quite a few of the items on the menu that they didn't have at 6:45pm on a Saturday evening! They had also ran out of most of the red wines they offered by the glass and refused to offer any of the other wines on the list by the glass.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 January 2019

Fantastic food, nice selection of drinks. Service was a little bit slow but not the end of the world, staff were friendly.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

January deals were not expected but very welcome. 30% off food and a free drink. Restaurant was packed with a nice atmosphere, but decor was a little tired and fan heaters on the floor were being used to keep the place warm. Menu was quite small but food was good. The smell in the restaurant from the grilling was amazing. Would go back

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Our experience here was lovely. The atmosphere is incredibly welcoming and the food is amazing. I’d asked if it was possible for something special to be done for my friend’s birthday and they were so kind as to produce a delicious desert with a candle in whilst a very friendly waiter sang Happy Birthday. Overall, was a great experience and would highly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

The big brain is a good sharing platter for 3 or 4 people. Although I would have preferred some carbs as well to go with it or lots of salad. Nevertheless great food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Intend to return to try Boerwors next time.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Very delicious food and source! But it is too much for 3 persons,maybe I should take two stronger man to eat again^o^

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

The service team were wonderful. We had a chap who was South African, British, American and Australian and a girl who lived near Stratford. Sheep chops were amazing. Steak very good. The rest of the braai was just okay. Cocktails very nice. This tequila one in particular.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 December 2018

We held our monthly team meeting and Christmas lunch at Hammer and Tongs. Their private room was well equipped for holding a meeting with their large screen TV and the food / drinks / service were great as well.

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Visited On Friday, 28 December 2018

We had the sharing Braai. Our South African guest felt good wasn’t really authentic and could have been any cuisine bbq. Wine was good but expensive even by London standards.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Absolutely love the authentic South African flavours! Some of the best meat in London.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Great food and service. Would highly recommend for groups who love to share!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 December 2018

We spent a great moment with my team at Hammer and Tongs. The food was really good and the service perfect!

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Great food and excellent attention and service - thank you Jana.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Wine very expensive! Poor choice of beer (no South African!). Dessert was really poor and espresso ice cream a rip off price for portion given. Restaurant smelled like fire smoke-need better extraction! The only great think was the main. Great meat!

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

The staff went above and beyond to accommodate our large (and somewhat indecisive) group. Very grateful for the top service. Food could have been a little hotter. But otherwise perfect night.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Very tasty and excellent, prompt service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Brilliant service, incredible food and great atmosphere. Highly recommended. It’s worth a trip for the pork belly alone.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

We had our team Xmas party downstairs for 18 people (11th Dec 2018). Great night, great food, great wine, hats off to Sam especially who was a top notch host, organised everything and looked after us.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Really friendly staff, great food and value for money!

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