Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Farringdon
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Farringdon restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Farringdon and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Farringdon restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Anglo British, Modern restaurant in Farringdon 30 St Cross Street - EC1
“If I could give it ten stars I would!” – “Forget the shopfront and the concrete floor” and the “cramped premises” of this Hatton Garden two-year-old. Mark Jarvis’s cuisine here is “brilliantly conceived, superbly prepared and keenly priced” and complemented by a “superb wine pairing”. Service is “knowledgeable and friendly” and the overall style “relaxed”. That it holds no Michelin star is bizarre.
2. Bird of Smithfield British, Modern restaurant in Farringdon 26 Smithfield Street - EC1
“A fine Georgian townhouse in Smithfield with interesting art and a lovely upstairs dining room” hosts Tommy Boland’s five-storey venture (with summer roof terrace). Yet again it only inspires limited feedback, but all of it positive for its British fare of some ambition.
3. Caravan British, Modern restaurant in Farringdon 11-13 Exmouth Mkt - EC1
A “brilliant option” for brunch – which can be “excitingly different, or traditionally comforting as you choose” – these “vibey”, “extremely busy” (“you may have to wait for a table”) haunts are “just the job if you’re feeling a bit jaded” and “hard to fault” generally. The menu has its wild and wacky moments which are usually “interesting and super-delicious” and “the freshly roasted-on-site coffee is some of the best in London”. All its branches are strong performers – especially the Exmouth Market original and well-known Granary Square outlet – and in July 2018 the brand finally reached the West End, in a striking space near Oxford Circus that once housed BBC Radio 1.
4. Ibérica Spanish restaurant in Farringdon 89 Turnmill St - EC1
“A decent Spanish option (but it won’t blow your mind)” – these “welcoming and buzzy tapas bars” remain “the kind of places one can linger with friends in true Hispanic style” (but perhaps lack the pizzazz of the brand’s early days), providing “cheerful” (but “uneven”) service, and “reasonably priced” (but slightly “formulaic”) cuisine.
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