I’m not a food blogger. Not really. But I do love good food. Especially steak. And wine. So when I was invited to explore the top floor of Smiths of Smithfield restaurant in London, and presented with three courses of quality rare breed beef, AND two fine wines per course, it was something I had to tell you all about.

I’d heard a lot of good things about Smiths of Smithfield before I arrived, so helped myself to Sipsmith’s gin and tonic on the ground floor, and then climbed the stairs to the top floor, exploring as I went, and knowing full well I’d need every ounce of space in my beef craving belly by the time I got to top.

With my jacket whisked from under my arm, I began mingling with the other guests. Pleasantries over, I then noticed the setting. The top floor has a large terrace with fantastic views over East London, looking towards the Shard, with ceiling to wall glass windows for those wishing to take in the views from inside.

London views from Smiths of Smithfield top floor
Smiths of Smithfield - Top Floor

With a Nyetimber English sparkling rhubarb bellini in one hand, the waiters obviously noticed my other hand was free, and so began waving canapés in front of my nose. I gleefully worked my way through each one. The main part of the evening commenced, and the tweets began.

Chicken livers - Smiths of Smithfield
Incredible chicken livers – great flavour. Demand to have them!


Scallop and black pudding, and Leek and Potato veloute
Scallop and black pudding, and the smooth Leek and Potato veloute

Pork croquettes with piccalilli

With the canapes out of the way, it was down to the serious business. A huge, 35kg piece of Devon beef was brought up from the kitchen, and we were given a butchery lesson from executive chef, Tony Moyse.

Various pieces of beef were cut and carved up, down, off the bone, using knives and saws. I knew I was in good company when a fellow beef lover whispered ‘this is porn to me‘. They weren’t wrong. It was a beef feast for the eyes.

Tony Moyse butchery lesson - 1


Tony Moyse butchery lesson - 2

With the sirloin, rump, ribs and fillet laid out before us, it was time to take our seats and taste what Smiths of Smithfield had to offer.

First up, South Devon beef carpaccio AND tartare, with a slow cooked yolk, capers, shallot, gherkin and ponzu dressing. I love my beef carpaccio, so this got a big thumbs up from me.

I was so focused on the tasty carpaccio, that whilst I was mid chew of the tartare, Master of Wines, David Gleave (Liberty Wines) talked us through the wine which was paired for the course.

Next, the pièce de résistance (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase): South Devon rump steak, organic Aberdeen angus sirloin steak, and Warwickshire simmental fillet steak, accompanied by bone marrow butter and béarnaise sauce. If you weren’t convinced about the food porn comment earlier, you should be now.

Each piece of beef was cooked brilliantly – the fat on the rump giving it an amazing flavour, the melt in the mouth fillet, and the tasty sirloin. It was a meat party, and I was invited.

I didn’t forget the wines for this course. Barolo’s are one of my favourite red wines, and this 2008 Massolino number was one of the highlights of my night.

With the rare breed beef stacked on top of the tasty carpaccio, it was time for one final layer – Eton Tidy, a nice spin on one of my favourite summer desserts.

Eton Tidy - Smith of Smithfields

Whilst I was still hoarding the Barolo (and rightly so), I tried two dessert wines with the Eton Tidy. A 2008 ‘Chateau Laville’ Sautuernes Bordeaux, and a 2011 ‘Cordon Cut’ Australian Riseling. Dessert wines are usually too sweet for my palette, but both were matched nicely with the Eton Tidy.

With that, the night drew to a close. There was no more talk of food porn, but there was talk of me writing my first foodie blog post. So here you have it! A big thumbs up for Smiths of Smithfield 🙂

Reviewed on by Simon Heyes
Smiths of Smithfield – Top Floor
Tasty rare breed beef in East London!
Smiths of Smithfield is at 66-67 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ. Four floors of bars and restaurants, with stunning views over London from their Top Floor terrace.
Rating: 5


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