‘SMITHS’ of Smithfield opened its new Cannon Street restaurant and bar on Monday 21st November. LDN Life visited their new 200 cover bar and restaurant, at their VIP party for over 250 local businesses, media and friends.
We got to try canapés from gin cured peppercorn salmon and rare breed mini burgers, tomato relish, Monterey Jack cheese.
Situated opposite Cannon Street Station in the Walbrook Building, this is a very different beast from their Grade II listed four-floor venue in the heart of Smithfield Market. The venue which was designed by award-winning architects The Manser Practice, has a contemporary look and feel, it almost feels like a mini homage to the original, and something that sits a little uneasy with me, as I’m used to the ‘iconic’ feel of their Farringdon branch.
Due to its location, this will be a place for business breakfasts for the many local big businesses, and will likely be a great venue for post work drinks. ‘SMITHS’ at Cannon Street has been carefully designed to offer something to everyone.
They say ‘SMITHS’ at Cannon Street has been carefully designed to offer something to everyone, but at the VIP event it was difficult to get a proper feel for how it will work. With two main rooms, one more like downstairs at Farringdon and the other more plush, space is limited. Perhaps with the place set out for service, I would get a better idea of how the space could work.
Thankfully they have stayed true to their roots, as British cuts come from its sister branch, expect British classics with a ‘SMITHS’ twist overseen by head chef Henry Omereye. As you would expect, there’s an extensive wine list, a special cocktail menu, and last but not least, a selected range of craft beers from local and international brewers. It’s nice to have an option for drinks that ticks all 3 main boxes.
Colin Clarke, managing director of ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfield, comments: “When choosing this location for our new venture we were determined to create an intimate dining space that complements the area and local demographic. Our philosophy to deliver simple food made from the finest ingredients and served in a friendly way will add another dimension to the City’s thriving food and drink scene.”
So if you’re in the Cannon Street area and a meat fan, you should give SMITHS a try. Otherwise, I would recommend the original, as in truth I’m always likely to prefer it. That said, they are both different beasts, catering to different crowds, but most importantly you’ll find the best of SMITHS at either.
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