Smiths of Smithfield, Farringdon
67-77 Charterhouse Street
020 7251 7950
by Ed Benedict
Smiths of Smithfield is located in the heart of London’s meat packing district. Some vegetarians might not want to walk through this environment, but as a practising herbivore who lives above a butcher I’ve become accustomed to waking up to the sound of sawing - and stepping over buckets of organs has become a part of my morning routine.
At 9am, Smiths was packed. Loud dance music and a black, warehouse-like interior give it a lively, buzzy feel and the reasonably priced breakfast menu had everything from a full English to pancakes to porridge. The coffee was good (although with a bit too much froth on the latte) and the orange juice was freshly squeezed.
As an avid fan of fungi I was hugely excited to see 5 juicy tasty mushrooms on thick chunky toast on the menu, but my breakfast companion unfortunately wasn’t as thrilled. He complained that his bacon was slightly over done and difficult to cut and although the sausages were good and you can’t really go wrong with baked beans he was expecting his brown toast to be freshly cut rather than pre-sliced. Everything was warm as opposed to piping hot and overall he didn’t feel hugely satisfied. On the sunny side up, it’s open from 7am (although not on weekends), the service was excellent and the setting is unusual and interesting.