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
  • Outdoor Seating
  • 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 Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ok you will see for service i gave one star only. The reason is that when we asked the waitress to recommend a wine she said we have white and red!! Then we ordered a bottle of Ken Forrester cab sav and pointed to it on the menu she then turned up with a bottle of chenin blanc . We told her this is not what we ordered she went away and never came back. We had to ask the guy there where our wine was that we had ordered 30min ago? He then said il be with you in a minute and walked to the table behind us and took their order. By that time we had finished our starters and our empty plates sat on our tables for nearly 25min,i have to add the fish curry starter was delicious. The guy then returned with our wine and while he was there he asked have we placed our order for mains yet and we said no. No one has returned to take our order. We ordered the big braai/bbqfor recommended for 3-4 people. The guy said this is going to be too big for the two of you(my brother in law and me) as if. So we ordered it anyway. The 700g t bone had a bone of nearly 150g done to perfection though. Not enough for 3-4 meat eaters. The sausage/boerewors was dry as hell. One chicken and one pork kebab/sosatie with each 5 little pieces of meat on for 3-4 how? Again done to perfection but not enough for 3-4 people. The sorry state of the braai broodjies/toasted bread with cheese and tomato a national pride in South Africa left us crying almost. 4 quarters for 3-4people a qaurter each? Hammer and tongs i Love what you guys are trying to do but you service is shocking.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Thank you so much for a brilliant evening. It was my SA girlfriend’s birthday and she wanted a taste of home - so we were delighted with the fantastic food. Hospitality and service were also first class. We will definitely be back and bringing many others with us. Thanks once again. Andrew and Lizette.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

The staff was friendly and service was good, however the value for money is definitely over priced for that which you get... would at least expect for £115 for the big braai between 4 people... each person would get their own braai broodjie. The wine stock was bit limited (possible understandable after winning the World Cup win the previous weekend) however not sure how strongly I would recommend it... especially value for money.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

Disappointing. Expected better value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Good atmosphere, lovely team , good food would highly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Great service and delicious food and wine

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Very welcoming, great service and enjoyable food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 October 2019

Its like going home for braai. We love everything about Hammer and Tongs. Only wish they would have peppermint crisp tart as part of dessert menu. My English husband and family are fast seeing the joys of a braai.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 October 2019

Meat was all a bit dry and over cooked. Service was attentive and friendly but a large group ordered just before us and food took a long time to come. Wine was good! Wouldn’t rush back

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Brilliantly judged food

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Visited On Sunday, 20 October 2019

We received great service from our waitress upon arrival. However, the kitchen had closed half way through our meal and was told we could not order dessert. I am not sure that the waitress even knew it was closing as I am sure she would of given us a warning. The wine selection was excellent but a few of the wines were not in stock including one of the Iona red’s we were looking forward to ordering. The food was great, definitely recommend the baby braai. The wood fire brought back memories from home. Overall I am not totally convinced of the price vs experience we received. It was high end price but the food was definitely great and the bottle of Thelema cab sav. we ordered was delicious.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 October 2019

Great food and fantastic customer service!

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Really lovely food, very authentic. Would definitely recommend for an authentic South African experience in London.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Definitely recommend the baby braii!

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Team Friday lunch for 6. Great food, good service and we turned up 30 mins late! We will be back

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

Great authentic South African Braii, friendly staff and good atmosphere

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Fantastic platters, great atmosphere & reasonably priced. Great way to try a cuisine I wasn't familiar with. Can't wait to go back to try more.

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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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