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Craft & Cleaver

4.4
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436 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue

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Casual
Great Beer
Craft & Cleaver is an Industrial, Brooklyn-Inspired Barbecue Joint & Bar – bringing authentic wood-fired Barbecue, expertly-sourced Craft Beer & awesome Cocktails to St. Albans.

A great venue for date night, a working lunch or celebration - we've got you covered with booths, restaurant & garden seating.

Proudly independent, open 7 days a week!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 436 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Quartz
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Portions got a lot smaller during Eat out to help out.
Some staff need to make not to take out their tiredness on customers. We understand Eat out to help out has made it extremely busy but there was no need to be rude as well as demand us to stacks the plates without saying please or thank you.

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TatjanaZ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Only for those who like unhealthy food.
Beef brisket wasn't good

Burger ok

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Livelaughlove
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My friend had been before and had a great experience, ours however was quite disappointing. The food was great, everything else meh. I had a strawberry mojito that tasted like lime water.😐 We were served by three different people and only one seemed to have been trained in customer service. Maybe our expectations were a bit high as we have both worked in hospitality, but the customer service could do with a HUGE improvement.

I will definitely be back as it could happen they were having a bad day.

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PeteH
Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh that Smokehouse Burger!!!

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KimK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Was all ok until we found a hair in the sharer platter so staff refunded us for that meal wouldn’t go back again

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FrankB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great BBQ, fantastic beers and really well managed in terms of social distancing! Highly recommended!

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RobF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Starters great (wings, jackfruit tacos squid) Mains mediocre (pulled pork v disappointing). Staff all very friendly and felt safe with social distancing.

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AJST86
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great choice if beer great service. Burger for me slightly over cooked for me but that's preference and the flavour was on point so no all good overall for me.

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JoeBlustin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ive loved C&C since it opened. great beers and great food

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FrancM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service and great outdoor area.

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SteveP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a must, an experience everybody should experience

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NicoleS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love craft and cleaver, they have amazing drinks and great food options. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The booths in the outside area have a great vibe especially when the sun is out.

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JennyP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food lovely atmosphere. Attentive staff. Very safe system for ordering and service!

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ToniT
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were amazing! All so friendly and helpful. Food was outstanding, best food I’ve had - will definitely be coming back here

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely sitting outside in the garden. Food excellent. Service was great although we had quite a long wait between starters and main. Really enjoyed our evening out.

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PeterE
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic selection of craft ales along with friendly and attentive staff. Will be going back very soon.

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JanetH
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have eaten here a couple of times before and the food was so much better. It was so disappointing as our first family meal out since lockdown

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Bethanyy
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had to wait a long time for food, which the waiter did come over and explain that there had been a big order just before ours which is why we had to wait so long, but I think we waited about 40 minutes for just our starters!

When we asked for bbq sauce (considering it’s a bbq steakhouse) we were told there weren’t any.. in the end the waiter asked the chef and managed to get us some!

The food was good, tasty burger!

It was nice of the waiter to ask the manager to give us some free drinks as we’d had to wait so long for our food... I thought that was very thoughtful without us having to ask!

I’d definitely go back, just as long as I’m not in a rush ☺️

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DavidC1976
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was so looking forward to our meal there after so much time without restaurants. We had a outside table which was fine other than the lights above the table were covered in cobwebs so obviously nobody done much of check in the months they’ve been close. Not a massive deal but it was surprising. Food was definitely below par too, I love bbq but this was painfully dry, chicken wings seemed like they were either massively overcooked or cooked several times. The waiter not great either had to ask for things that were missing, also I felt it was a bit off when the drinks menu offered a fancy cream soda brand & what arrived was a Tesco no added sugar can that cost 99p for 4 in the shops but we still got charged more than £3.50 for, a mark up is fine but 1500% mark up is taking the mick a little. Real shame as I really wanted this place to be great & it isn’t. 2nd time we’ve been as I said I’d love a local bbq restaurant to hit the mark but both times we left massively disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. The staff couldn’t have been nicer! They even moved us inside when we had an outside table. The food was great. However, I had the grilled peach and halloumi salad, but the menu did not specify there would be mustard in it. It said there would be a spicy salad dressing but instead it was mustard. The entire dish tasted of mustard and I would not have ordered this if I knew. The Mac and cheese also had blue cheese in it, and again, I would not have ordered it if I knew. Both blue cheese and mustard are overpowering tastes and should maybe be included on the menu as a main ingredient. Apart from that it was nice.

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NixxiB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner out with the family since lockdown and it was a great night. Very good social distancing but still some atmosphere. Staff were lovely, food very tasty and good value.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Since opening I find the quality of food at Craft and Cleaver has gone down where as the prices have gone sky high with less for your money. A combo meal used to be £16.50 with a choice of 2 sides and lots of variety (pit beans, onion rings etc), now it is up to £19 with only a small portion of fries and a dollop of coleslaw for your money. £8 for 6 of the smallest wings I have ever seen seems pricey for a starter. I would recommend a small burger joint called Meating Room a couple of doors away - twice the feed for half the price.

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dubski
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious barbecued meats, beef brisket was excellent, as was the pulled pork, great hot sauce too!

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BarryG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s lovely to have Craft & Cleaver back after lock down!

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Mamie86
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, we had the platter. Feels like a normal restaurant experience despite the extra precautions. Only reason not 5 stars is that they didnt have the ingredients in stock for the drink I selected.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari cooked perfectly. Burger was banging. Great selection of beers. Worth the visit.

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AnnaS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Took 20 mins for drinks to arrive, then forgetting one persons drink, was not busy so no excuse. did not receive main course until 1.5 hours later.. no one came to ask how the food was (poor service) burger was uncooked and disgusting.. last time we came here it was not like this and we won’t be returning.

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Anon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meal and good beer. Service was good and social distancing wasn’t well managed

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food as always. Service a tad slow but you can empathise given current circumstances. Prices have been raised, any more price movement and it will just been too expensive for me to continue coming here once a fortnight. £100 for a starter, dinner and 2 drinks each. I hope this will be looked at given the movement in VAT.

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Vicki
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely visit! Came for first meal out with new baby and was seated in a cosy corner to ourselves. Waitress was lovely and service was brilliant. Food was delicious! Will definitely be visiting again soon.

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SallyS
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table in the garden. Well organised. Chose drinks and food from their website and staff brought to table. First pub trip after lockdown and felt normal but also guidelines were followed so felt safe. Great beer in the sun!

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Victoria
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always! Great food, brilliant staff and delicious cocktails

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AnthonyG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Given the current (July 2020) unusual circumstances, everything went well . The service was very good as was the food, in generous portions. We will certainly go back.

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Mozza
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, staff and atmoshere. put this on your hit list of place to go.

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SandyA
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food or just to have drinks with friends. Friendly staff and good atmosphere

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Amie
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I visited for our first dining experience after lockdown and we were so glad we chose this establishment!

It was a Monday lunchtime so pretty quiet, but the atmosphere was relaxed and we felt at ease throughout our visit. Booking online was easy and we chose the outdoor seating in the lovely garden out the back.

There were safety measures in place and the staff were super friendly. We both ordered burgers and they were absolutely delicious!! Would highly recommend.

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CharlotteT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service and amazing food, would definitely recommend and go back myself.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Firstly, the guys who were working on the evening myself and my family went there were really friendly and helpful. 5 stars for service. The food was amazing. The portions were huge. We had to take 2 boxes home with us as we couldn’t finish the meal! Compared to the size of the meals, the prices were completely reasonable. A little more that we would normally pay, we are a family of 5, but not that much to be fair. Not your normal barbecue restaurant as in , no rack of ribs but 2 choices of 1 HUGE beef rib and I mean HUGE. Looked like it came from a T-Rex. Or 3 very big pork ribs. Lots of side selection too. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening there and would definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Most amazing Burger! The waitress was lovely and chatty and the food was just simply amazing! Quite busy and no wait on food at all! I WILL BE RETURNING! Happy customer!

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GraemeB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a nice meal, food was pretty good. The mains are way better value than the starters. Took a bit of time for order to be taken and bill to come at the end

FAQs

Craft & Cleaver does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Craft & Cleaver also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01727 568300.

Craft & Cleaver is rated 4.4 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

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