Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Farringdon
Hardens guides have spent 29 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.
Featured Farringdon Restaurants
1. Ibérica Spanish restaurant in Farringdon 89 Turnmill St - EC1
From its first branch, on Great Portland Street, which opened in 2007, these “buzzy”, “authentic” and relatively stylish Spanish tapas-haunts have grown into a national chain, boosted by their “consistent standards, fair quality and sensible prices” (although “service is a bit uneven”).
2. Anglo British, Modern restaurant in Farringdon 30 St Cross Street - EC1
“It’s all about the food” – “thought-provoking flavour combinations that hit all the right notes” – at Mark Jarvis’s “incredible” venture, where the main options (other than a three-course menu at lunch) are its six- or seven-course tasting menus (alongside “drink pairings which segue into cider and sour beers for dessert – another sign of a willingness to break the mould”). “Service is less polished” though: ditto the surroundings – a “soulless”, “minimal room stuck in lawyer-land” near Hatton Garden. Still, “it’s hard to find the words to describe just what good value it is”. Come on Michelin, wake up and give the lad a star.
3. Bird of Smithfield British, Modern restaurant in Farringdon 26 Smithfield Street - EC1
2019 Review: “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.
4. Caravan British, Modern restaurant in Farringdon 11-13 Exmouth Mkt - EC1
“So many amazing, creative options for brunch” together with “renowned coffee” (“meticulously sourced and roasted in-house”) have made these “loud”, “brash”, “buzzy” and “quite hip” haunts – particularly the well-known Granary Square branch – key destinations, particularly at the weekend. When busy, however, service can be “hit and miss”; and the food has sometimes been a let-down of late: “it feels like random, trendy ingredients are thrown into dishes so they can charge more for them, rather than for culinary interest or flavour”.
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