Bird of Smithfield

Bird of Smithfield reviews
Formerly at The Ivy and the Soho House group, chef patron Alan Bird has created a "members club without membership" in a Georgian townhouse, including rooftop bar with views over Smithfield, a lounge, and private dining room. The restaurant serves British cuisine from breakfast till late. But does the club deliver the atmosphere?

Emma Sturgess - Metro


Time Out Editors - Time Out

In the first-floor dining room, the chairs are clad, formally, in herringbone. The press bumf promises ‘the fragrance of a members’ club’ - yes, we read this stuff so you don’t have to - and in its newness, the restaurant is certainly stiff. (...) As the evening closes, the staff visibly relax, which leads to service fraying round the edges; staff discuss clocking-off time in the dining room, rush past on the stairs, check their phones and barge into the toilets, which are coyly marked ‘birds and bees’. It’s not on. We’re still here. But we’re not sure why...

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This club - one that requires no membership - is the opposite of exclusive, and where the staff greet you with smiles. This way, Sir or Madam, we have a comfy seat ready, and your favourite drink. We’ll not tell you about our c-r-a-z-y new concept, or insist we get the table back in an hour. We just want you to come here, have a lovely time and go home happy. (...) all that’s missing is the soft slipper for staying up late past bedtime, which is easy to do with such biddable service...

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