Craft & Cleaver

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328 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue

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'Big, Brash, Messy & Tasty' - The Sunday Times Magazine
'A Mashup of tasty authentic 'Cue, Cocktails & Craft Beer' - Some guy on Twitter

We’re An Industrial, Brooklyn-Inspired Smokehouse & Bar – Specialising In Authentic Wood-Fired BBQ, Expertly Sourced Craft Beer & Awesome Cocktails. Great Flavours, Hand-Crafted With Carefully Sourced Ingredients By Passionate Staff.
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ND
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended to try this restaurant. And I’m glad we did. If you like meat, this is a great place. Pleasantly surprised with the Vegan dishes too. The ‘burnt bits’......heavenly!

KJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal here for my mums birthday. The waitress we had was amazing. My 22month old loved her and she made dining with a little one a lot easier. She made sure her food came out quickly and got her crayons and paper to play with whilst we waited. Excellent service!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, really attentive. Warm day and the sun was blinding through the window lovely member of staff made a makeshift blind from menus. Food was amazing.

G
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chicken Waffle burger was fantastic and service overall excellent

Will definitely be back

Q
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent, really hands on.
Food was amazing, although the chips were a bit hard, but overall really nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Staff were very attentive, food was great and there was a full vegan menu! Overall very good but was very noisy, not really a restaurant feel (but that is the vibe, so can’t really complain). All in all very good and we will definitely return. The vegan jackfruit burger was spot on. Was great to go to an American bbq restaurant that caters for vegans

JS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food & service! One of my favourite restaurants in St Albans.

One downside is the lights inside, when you sit down facing the wall there are horrible bright lifts shining down on your face, feels like an interrogation light, not great. Advice to the restaurant get lower Watt bulbs!

RP
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and brilliant service, would definitely recommend for a good meal and great atmosphere!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for meat lovers! Most meat not cooked in oils of any sort making it perfect for carnivores

PH
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been referred by a friend whom likes Craft and Cleaver . My party loved the meats and as a vegetarian I enjoyed my choice . The cocktails were lovely and will definitely be back again for a visit .

GA
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing evening...

Would definitely recommend!

NS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere but the food was a bit over priced

Y
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming from the US this was a welcome and authentic barbecue experience. Great beer selection and the staff were very attentive.

SD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely would recommend anyone who likes BBQ try the food here, it is phenomenal, the burnt ends in particular were divine. Excellent range of beers and cocktails as well.

KM
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of the best meals out I have ever experienced and I have not stopped raving about it to anyone that will listen.
Food was superb. Staff were just lovely. And the service was fantastic. Will definitely return.

ST
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food and the craft beers available. Service was effective- not pushy but there when needed. Throughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommended

LH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, high quality food served by fantastic staff.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly enjoyable meat loving experience started with the smoked goat bao for me, brisket for my friend both of which were succulent and highly enjoyable. We then got the BBQ feast which had pulled pork, burnt ends, various ribs, spicy sausages and corn on the cobs. The whole lot was eaten and was thoroughly appreciated by both of us. Couldn't have eaten another thing if we'd tried! Very nice atmosphere and the drinks were awesome {peach beer, maple old fashioned etc} but highly expensive! All in a great meal but not somewhere I could often as pretty expensive following the drinks. I'd totally recommend it though especially to carnivores like me.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and great cocktails. Very relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.

JB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Brisket was on point and the St Louis ribs were delicious. Great beers and vibe. The rest of the table really enjoyed their time too and couldn't fault the place.

CB
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I had been wanting to go here for a while and chose my Birthday to go. I enjoyed it more than my wife. It was busy and we had counter seats close to garden, small but which would have been nice if not for smokers, some close to doors! I enjoyed my food; Nachos, Combo ( Beef & Sausage) The sausage was great and beef very good. Good range of craft beers. If I had been out with a group on a friday night it would have been a good atmosphere but not really for birthday meal, sadly. My wife said she wouldn't rush back. liked idea of 50/50 fries but sweet potatoe bit soggy. Sad that mixed BBQ was only for two!
give you a doggy bag to take hole left overs, which was great. I would come again but on a different night and on proper table. If you like smoked and BBQ meat this is almost unique round these parts!

SB
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted by friendly and helpful bar staff who went all out to ensure we enjoyed our visit.
Beer recommendations were spot on, food was excellent and the overall experience was great.
Would recommend. And will certainly be going back

CM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my 11 year old daughter’s birthday. What a wonderful time we had! Excellent food and service and the staff were so sweet to her - making her a mocktail. Thank you!

P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great BBQ. Tasha is great too!

J
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and great service. Went on one of the hottest days of the year so far and it was a shame that the restaurant/bar was so hot. Would benefit from a little bit better aircon for the rare hot summer days!

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chicken Waffle Burger. Sounds weird, tastes great. Very filling as well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Was really looking forward to our visit, lovely greeting and staff eager to make us feel welcome. Food came very quickly, short ribs were amazing but chicken was dry and tepid and covered in a very spicy sauce not mentioned on menu, so couldn't finish. Coleslaw tasted a bit pre-made. Daughter's chicken waffle burger was great, hubby's brisket was good too. Overall expensive at £76 for a family of four for 1-course each which included a child's meal.

HE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff were brilliant and really made the evening. Many thanks

OH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent BBQ!! Everything is sooo good! And great drink menu! My only complaint would be the music. Doesn't do anything for the atmosphere.

HR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not cheap but great food and beer. We were celebrating a birthday & the staff organised a complementary birthday dessert with candles on the house which was a nice touch.

R
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it!
We had an early table so it was a bit quiet when we first arrived. The bar does lack a bit of atmosphere when there’s not so many people, however it did fill up around us which improved the ambience.
There’s a great range of beer/drinks & the menu is brilliant.
Our food was amazing; especially the pork ribs, there’s so much meat on them & they’re really tender & tasty.
The portion sizes are very generous, even on the kids menu, so make sure you’re hungry!
The staff were all helpful & friendly & service was prompt.
I’ve already recommended The Craft & Cleaver to friends & I can’t wait to go back again!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We came for Father’s Day. The food was nice. They gave us a complimentary Bottle of beer for the dad which was a touch.
I do feel it’s slightly over priced for what it is.
I would recommend this place as they welcome children and it’s nice and modern and good music. We would go again.

JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious BBQ. The St Louis Ribs were tender, juicy, with just the right touch of smoke.
The burnt ends were tasty, but I would suggest a bit more burnt works be good! Excellentt selection of beers. Friendly and attentive service. Natasha was our server who provided suggestions and information on the menu, all with a friendly voice and smile! Well done C & C!

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I would and have recommended the Craft & Cleaver to friends. Went their for dinner Saturday night and was definitely not disappointed. Had a couple of drinks to start... and what a lovely selection of craft beers and then onto a great meal. Great evening.

EB
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived early on a weekday evening so a bit quiet but it soon livened up. Great beer and AMAZING BBQ. Get the sharing platter, you won't be disappointed!

M
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely place to eat and have a drink. A little mix up in the kitchen, after the starters, but the food came out hot. Ribs for me were too spicy, but everything else was lovely. Will go again.

AH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and the staff are very attentive and helpful.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Table wasn't ready on arrival but we had the option of waiting at the bar and ordering drinks. When we were shown to our table, it was one in a corner with a radiator against the wall. Both wall and radiator had splashes of hot sauce and bbq sauce on them! At the time all other tables were full (or so I thought) or I would have requested a change in table. Service was great, as we're the cocktails. Food was nice, but a little pricey. It came out quick.
I later noticed there was seating in the back, and had I known I would have requested a change in the table. The view of the table also allows the patron to see behind the bar where the door leads to the kitchen. The walls and floor are not clean. I understand some tables don't have the best location but cleanliness and hygiene can improve the whole experience.

VC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyable evening, food was great too. Will be back. Thank you

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