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, 07 March 2020

The food was excellent but a little pricey for what it was.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Had a great birthday dinner at Hammer and Tongs.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Great service, great food. 100% recommended

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

Brilliant evening

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Just amazing

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

Tasty food for the most part, but very slow service. We waited an hour for our food and two tables that got sat after us received their food before us! I enquired about our food twice with two different servers who just said it was coming. We'd clearly been waiting a while but no snacks or drinks were offered for the wait. The pork ribs we had were rather dry and not very tasty, although the sosastie party and chips were excellent, as was the veg done on the braai. So bit of a mixed bag - good place, but very slow service as the kitchen only seems to cook one table at a time.

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

Great with hot diners offer! Food was nice drinks great but wish the brasi rub was spicier / tastier - chicken lacked flavour

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

I love that they do food I can't make at home in a domestic kitchen. The potato wedges and broccoli cooked in the wood smoker are amazing. The chicken wings and sheep chops (actually more like lamb) are particularly good value.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 January 2020

Food was good when it arrived but otherwise service was very slow (60 mins from ordering to food arriving) and the downstairs area was loud which made conversation difficult. Upstairs had a better atmosphere.

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Fantastic food & wine service was good

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Amazing restaurant with great food. Even better with the 50% off offer running in January!

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 January 2020

We ended up waiting around 1h30 for our meal. When we asked about the food about an hour after ordering we were told 10 mins and the server kept telling us '10 mins' for about 30 mins. We also didn't receive an apology about this. Once the food came, it was incredible but 1h30 was far too long to wait.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 January 2020

Lovely meat! Great dinner and quiet/calm atmosphere for a Sunday afternoon

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

Food was tasty. The main issue was the service. We had to wait a while to order. The waitress was not hugely helpful with recommendations. We were served a dirty caraffe. The wait for main course was around an hour and then at 9.15 on a Friday night we were told we could not order more food. When we didn't pay the entire discretionary service as a result of the above, we were accused of not paying our bill, rather than asking whether there had been a problem with the service. We had the Hot Dinners deal, but without this, it would have been expensive for what it was.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Fantastic food and service.

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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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