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 Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Excellent food and amazing portion sizes. Nice array of cocktails and fantastic value for money. The food took a long time to come out, but we were told this when we arrived and the staff kept us informed throughout.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Left feeling like a stuffed turkey thanks to the generous portions served. We had the Braai for 2 which tasted amazing. Will definitely be revisiting. Thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Fantastic food and the service is superb. Food came out quickly and tasted delicious. Would definitely go back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

What a wonderful evening with fantastic and communicative service. Staff were friendly, inviting and knowledgable. Shame I live so far away otherwise I’d be there every week! Thank you for a great evening, like being back at home in S.Africa.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

the food was good, 50% off the bill was great, the waitress was very nice and helpful, it's just a shame the restaurant was empty.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

We sat down at 7:30 for our table for four. The place was busy but not overrun. By the time we ordered (about 30 mins after we sat down) they had run out of both prawns and lamb. The restaurant did their best to find alternatives and gave us a free bowl of biltong, but it was very disappointing that 1/2 the skewers were not available. The food was good and value for money, though only because it was half price. If we had paid £40 for the steak we got we would have been quite upset. We would probably go back, but wouldn’t rush back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Food was good but perhaps a little expensive for portion size. Downstairs needs to be brighter.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Delicious food and wine - fantastic service, our waitress was so helpful and informative!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

The steak was really nice even for a medium well steak. It was so nice and juicy. All the food was great. They should add their baked potatoes to the menu though

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

As we had a 50% Braii the value for money was good but I would not have been happy paying full price. Particularly the cost of £10 for two tiny lamb chops seemed very excessive.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Server was exceptionally attentive and very helpful when navigating dietary needs. Food was great, and lots of it. The only quibble was that it fell short a bit on value for money -- seems a bit outpriced, even for that part of town.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Great service and fantastic meat! Would definitely recommend :)

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Lovely place. Delicious meats. Will definitely return

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

A pleasant, relaxed- but still very clean and pristine place offering South African eateries.

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Having tried many so called South African restaurants in London over many years this is the first one where the dishes resemble and taste like the real thing. And to top it all - tender and juicy chops and steak in London! We had a great meal, the service is excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Really great food and service

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Visited On Thursday, 23 May 2019

More selection of beverages

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 May 2019

V nice overall. Must say my borewors was raw in the center towards the centre of the wheel but overall the food was excellent! Rum lemon punch nice too. Down voted on the atmosphere as I reckon the place needs a makeover, wall was dirty to be critical. Will definitely come back again and again though. Great food and reasonable price. Keep it up!

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Visited On Friday, 10 May 2019

The waitress was fantastic, she was so friendly and efficient. The food was amazing!! We will definitely be back !!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 May 2019

Very good but a bit expensive

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Buy Castle beer

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Visited On Saturday, 27 April 2019

The food is superb and the wines are likewise good but the wait for the food is super long and annoying.

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Visited On Saturday, 27 April 2019

So much fun and food was great!

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Really enjoyable evening with fantastic food and wine. The menu is well varied and the platters are a great options for groups to share.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Lovely restaurant

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