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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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, 18 January 2020

They do food you can't make at home unless you have a wood burning smoker. Besides meat, order the smoked potatoes and smoked seasonal greens. Don't bother with curries and toasties which are dishes you can make in a domestic kitchen.

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Visited On Friday, 17 January 2020

terrible experience, turned my back and left. it looked promising until they sent me ( a black woman) to a table in an empty room downstairs but let the white guy who arrived after me, without a reservation and with only one friend sit at a table for 4 in the main lounge. never again.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

The food was very good, particularly the sausage, wings and malva.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Great SA fare, well worth a visit

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

The food in this establishment is absolutely incredible, ingredients are fresh, each meal is made fresh to order and it tastes extremely authentic. If it was just based on the food this place would get 5 stars for sure but there’s lots of little things bringing them down for example the speed of service and attentiveness of the staff, I’ve been here twice now the first time it was fairly empty so the staff were very helpful but on my second time visiting it was the complete opposite - took about 10 minutes to give us menus, another further 15 minutes to take our order and was quite difficult to get the waitress’ attention but she was not rude at all and apologised to us. Also the restaurant is lacking a lot of atmosphere, maybe it’s the layout of the restaurant, the lack of music playing or the general energy of the staff but there was no atmosphere there. But all of this does not take away from the food here I would keep coming back just for it, but if just small changes are made it would get a 5 star rating.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Lovely little restaurant in Farringdon. There’s lots of interesting food choices and the wine list is good (although I did dry January, the selection that I saw looked great!) Service is very good, they were very friendly without being overbearing at all. I would say that it’s a great offer with first table - our bill came to £40 for two people, but I do think without the 50% off, £80 would have been quite pricey! Overall, lovely little restaurant with wonderful staff, although full price is a little high!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Great dinner that was very evocative of South Africa from the spicing on the meat, the photos on the wall to the personalised range of wines. We got a fifty percent off deal, which made it great value. If it was full price I still would be happy to eat there, though I'd probably like to see slightly more volume for the higher price. Not really the point though, it's basically a taste of Africa you would go for.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Great food, the whole family was satisfied. Good portion sizes and good quality meat. Mother (South African) particularly impressed with the Malay fish. Friendly staff who were very helpful. Will come back.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

great resto for meat lovers!

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

a mix of menus and generally good for the price.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

Had a great evening.Food, drink and service were excellent.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Awesome place , great service

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

I booked H&T for my team's Christmas meal - there were 40 of us. The restaurant was very accommodating with our dietary requirements, and managed to cater for all. The service was excellent, and the waiting staff were all very attentive. We all dined from the festive menu. The meat was all great quality, and cooked perfectly. However, I would suggest adding more salad/vegetables/potatoes to the meat menus. All-in-all, it was a fantastic night and I would highly recommend H&T!

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Amazing food! Service was informative, and friendly. We will be back! Thank you

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

I hosted Xmas team wine tasting and nibbles at Hammer & Tong this year and it was absolutely brillant! The team loved it and the wine & services was amazing. Would highly recommend!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Amazing food and service - we had a great time here for our work Christmas lunch and would definitely recommend it to others.......which I have done already :-)

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Great friendly service as always, delicious food and lekker atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Great food and drinks Great service

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 November 2019

All round great experience. Cracking food and service.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

I was left feeling underwhelmed after being recommended this restaurant. The food was good but starters and first half of platters were cold which isn't what you would expect for bbq meats. It was agreed by all that there wasn't enough food between those of us that were sharing to be a £30 sharer. It should have been a tray for 2 people instead of 4. We also had to ask why the ribs , lamb chops and chicken wings hadn't been served but they had been forgotten about so we then had to wait for the meat to be cooked and served.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

The restaurant is nicely presented. The waiter that greeted us had no knowledge of how to use the reservation computer or where to sit us. When we sat, he waited until our full party arrived to offer us drinks. When drinks were ordered this became a palarva with there only being 2 of the ipas left despite us being their first customers of the day in an otherwise empty restaurant. The waiter clearly had no idea where anything was In the bar and then served a glass of red (merlot) wine after searching in vain for the rose. He was corrected and after some help found both the rose and gin. The food once ordered was sublime. The biltong was the best any of our party inc 1 x South african and 1 x Botswanan had ever tasted. Pot bread amazing. We ordered our own version of the platter as the ones available are pricevdistorted by the inclusion of the horrifically overpriced steak (£50!) That being said all the meat dishes were overpriced for the portion sizes 2 x lamb chops @£9 where as £6.50/7 would have been more fair. In my opinion everything on the menu was about 25% more than I'd have expected based on the sizes. My biggest gripe is the children menu. I asked upon arrival for the children's menu based on the fact we had 4 x adults and 2 x children under age of 10. The website CLEARLY advertised a weekends little Cubs menu that was a FREE 2 course meal for the children. On arrival j asked for this to be told by the clueless young waiter he didnt know of one but he would ask. His boss then came over and said there wasnt a childrens menu but they could simply the Braaibroodjie and take everything out but the cheese. The FULL CHILDRENS menu was available (as I have just found out) as a PDF download on their website offering 4 different mains and a dessert. I am extremely annoyed that I feel I was conned in effect to ordering food for the children to share from our platter at great expense when they were entitled to eat for free and then was charged for their deserts when this shoukd also have been included in their FREE meal offering. On a side note we felt it was quite unprofessional to leave the downstairs area in such a mess with cases of wine and beer all over the floor, messy tables from the night before etc when you have to pass through this area to use the loos.

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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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