Hammer & Tongs

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

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

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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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 Saturday, 14 September 2019

Great nite - true South African- just like home

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Food and service excellent

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Great night out dessert was a triple A*

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

Braaibroodjies and malva pudding hit the spot

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Visited On Saturday, 31 August 2019

Keanu was the best

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

good desserts ran out of ribeye :(

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

Loved broccoli, and dirty braai. Happy to discover that sheep chops did not taste too strongly of mutton and closer to lamb chops in terms of flavor. Wanted to order the ribeye but disappointed they were sold out. You can't re-produce their food in a domestic kitchen unless you have a wood burning smoker in your garden.

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

Amazing food, amazing experience. Thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Amazing food. We ordered the biggest dish on the menu as two ladies. Best decision ever

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Visited On Sunday, 25 August 2019

Fantastic loved the braai! It would be good to see additional dishes on the menu like chakalaka etc

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

Amazing food and great service. Also received half price on all food so very happy.

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Visited On Friday, 23 August 2019

The food here was incredible and the wine was just as good! Can't recommend highly enough.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

Had not had braai before, and really enjoyed it. Great quality for all the meat, and enjoyed the sharing platter. Nice restaurant, with an upstairs and downstairs area. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 August 2019

Just amazing! This is our new favourite restaurant in London! Thank you all!!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Food took over an hour to come, at 50% discount I felt the meal was fairly priced. At the full price I wouldn't return unless the portions were increased significantly.

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Small cafe like restaurant, felt like you were sitting on top of each other. Food was ok, without the discount I wouldn't pay full price the portions.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Delicious food and a very kind service

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Fantastic food, lovely staff!

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Great food and great service

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

We love coming here. We love the braai platters and you have one of the best Melva puddings. It was a table of 8 so your August discount ended the evening on a high note.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Took 1.5 hours to get any food on the table. All wine bottles under £40 were sold out. Food was average. Sent back a dish as it was cooked inconsistently. Restaurant was highly understaffed but the girls serving were extremely sweet and the saving grace on our wedding anniversary meal which we booked here in an attempt to reminsce our days in South Africa. Would not recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Amazing steak!! Their food food was amazing!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 August 2019

We went on a Saturday lunchtime (3rd August 2019). Table for four. We were recommended by the waitress the full sharing platter for 3-4 people at £115. Boy was it delicious and plentiful.... it covered both starter and main. The T bone at medium to rare was cooked to perfection, as was the sausage, pork, prawns and fish. The vegetables and side salads had a slight ‘pickled’ taste and a perfect contrast to the meats and fish. The malve pudding was a real surprise! The waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Will go again, but make sure we haven’t eaten for a few days prior!

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The only positive was the food. Amazing! The service though was awful. We were a party of eight that had reserved in advance. We waited one hour and fifteen minutes for our orders and when we asked how much longer one waiter said” you knew it would be busy tonight and it’s not my problem, I don’t work here I’m just helping” We still had to pay for the “service” because it was added to the bill.

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