Smiths of Smithfield
ÔÇ£SmithsÔÇØ of Smithfield is the Grade II listed four-floor restaurant in the heart of Smithfield Market ÔÇô LondonÔÇÖs only working meat market.
The restaurantÔÇÖs priority has always been to serve simple food made from the finest ingredients, served in a friendly way in a relaxed atmosphere.
The impressive building was lovingly restored by the ÔÇ£SmithsÔÇØ team with architects Wells Mackereth, having stood empty for over 40 years. ThereÔÇÖs a definitive New York feel to the overall style with plenty of open spaces, blasted brickwork, big windows and comfy leather seating. Each of the four floors has a distinctive style ÔÇô food, design and atmosphere ÔÇô offering pretty much something for everyone depending on mood, budget or time.
Once a field outside the city wallsÔÇª the scene of jousting tournaments, executions, burning of heretics and the peasants revoltÔÇª the legendary William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered hereÔÇª satirist and painter William Hogarth was born hereÔÇª Smith MarketÔÇª over 130 years of meat tradingÔÇª in a massive hall opened in 1868 with ironwork gates, 25 foot high, 15 tons apiece, ÔÇ£unequalled in Britain ÔÇô if not the world ÔÇô for their elaborate and rich design and great sizeÔÇØÔÇª wrought iron, Kentish Brick and Portland Stone and great archesÔÇª no longer did livestock have to be driven to market from as far away as Scotland; instead it came by train on tracks reaching across Britain, arriving below the marketÔÇª 5AM, the bell rang and the market openedÔÇª were there pubs within itÔÇÖs domed towers?ÔÇª still one of the biggest markets of itÔÇÖs kind in Europe, now lovingly refurbished inside, restored outsideÔÇª enforced with toughened glass and steelÔÇª