Craft & Cleaver

4.4
310 reviews
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Barbecue
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  • Casual
'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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LH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, high quality food served by fantastic staff.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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

Great BBQ. Tasha is great too!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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OT
London
1 review
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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Great food and the staff are very attentive and helpful.

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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.

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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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food really has gone downhill this year. A mix of no flavour to over seasoning. Nothing was popular on our table. Shame. It used to be great. Staff were very good!

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BB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Although good in theory, the execution was lacking. Brisket dry and overdone and the waffles also lacking. Fried chicken was good and a decent variety on the menu. Our waitress was new, as she told us at the outset of our meal - and it definitely showed!

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service wasn't exactly welcoming on arrival but friendly once we were sat at our table. Food was good but a seemed a little expensive .

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D
London
24 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

This had reasonably good reviews and a good menu for a birthday celebration, but we were a bit disappointed by the fact there appeared to be an issue in the kitchen which meant the dining area became v smoky and seemed to irritate our baby. Thus coupled with the fact we didn’t have a side dish we ordered served and had to chase for drinks was a little disappointing for the cost of the meal

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very poor value for money, especially the vegetarian options and the more expensive dishes. Tried to pass off a waffle as a hash brown saying it was a hash brown waffle!! Just be honest and say you're out of stock .... I felt sorry for the servers who bore the brunt of the issues of others

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PH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service and amazing staff. If I could give 10 stars I would

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CS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails, really lovely staff and fantastic atmosphere! Perfect for birthdays!

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CP
Bedfordshire
50 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was really loud and super busy for a Thursday!

Food was phenomenal, first time at their St. Albans location.

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CH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I was taken here on my birthday & had a great time. Amazing food and great service. I even got a birthday shot which was a lovely touch. Can't fault it, good value I felt also. Will definitely be coming again!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service, great atmosphere and awesome food.

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AV
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The mains were to die for, the best ever Brisket & Burnt ends I have ever tasted. The desert however was not nice, I had the hot mini doughnuts with chocolate & peanut butter sauce, the sauce wasn't great and the doughnuts were laced with a strong lemon flavour (which it didn't say on the menu). Would soo go back but not order the doughnuts.

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HL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal as always, burnt ends are always a favourite.

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ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service

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SC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My kids loved it. I was a little disappointed with my brisket. Was very dry. Service was excellent and it’s a lovely venue and location.

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b
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening
Awesome food
Great ambience
Lovely staff

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f
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty beef & bbq. Friendly customer service. Mains will definitely fill you up!

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h
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always!

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