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Craft & Cleaver, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

Craft & Cleaver

4.5
4.5
1187 Reviews
£26 to £40
Barbecue
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!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Burgers, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 12:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–21:30 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00 Sun 17:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    01727 568300

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Got an event that needs catering? We can come to you. Weddings, Company Barbecues, Birthdays - we'll bring the wagon! Give us a call and ask for Adam to find out more!

  • Private party facilities

    We have a variety of options for large parties. Give us a call to find out more!

  • Area

    St. Albans

  • Parking Details

    The nearest parking is available at the Drovers Way multi-storey Car Park (2 mins) or the small Pay & Display on Adelaide Street (1 min). Alternatively, we"re a short walk away from the Christopher Place or Bricket Road Car Parks.

  • Public Transit

    A 15 minute walk from St Albans City Train Station, or 20 minutes from St Albans Abbey Train Station. On the main bus route from Hemel/Welwyn.Just down the road from St. Albans bus stops.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,187 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hertfordshire

    Group Bookings

  • Hertfordshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • St. Albans

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  1. SM

    SiobhanM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and very friendly staff. There was a good choice of both food and drink
  2. SB

    SusanB

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch again at Craft & Cleaver. The menu is frequently updated and offers, delicious & creative food dishes. The staff was attentive. And there is always a nice selection of beers and wines. Thank again & keep up the great work!
  3. KC

    KatyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Will definitely be coming again!
  4. C

    Conor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time at the venue. I have to say the staff were all very friendly and attentive. I was doing the bottomless brunch and I don’t believe at any point I had an empty glass the staff always made sure to check if we needed another drink. The food was also to die for, I had the pitmaster plater and everything just melted in your mouth with flavour. My overall experience I would definitely recommend going there.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Leaving dinner
  6. CW

    ChristinaW

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I thought the food was underwhelming. The plate was literally some meat with some sorry looking pickles and the halloumi fries were really deep fried and quite heavy. The meat was yummy but I was expecting more on my plate rather than just meat! Also the drinks took a while to come every time we ordered some. All in all it wasn’t a disaster but I felt a bit underwhelmed.
  7. B

    Bethany

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Love coming here. The waiter who sat us down had a lovely chat with my 4 year old which he loved and was generally a really lovely man! The food took quite a long time to come but that’s probably because it was quiet when we got there. Only annoying thing was that they seated everyone on the same side and large group were sat next to us who were very noisy that my partner and I struggled to have a conversation ourselves. But all in all great as always :)
  8. s

    sunny

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Father and son time. Always great here. Good portions defeated us once again! When will we learn to order less!!
  9. JF

    JamieF

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely friendly staff, very accommodating. I have eaten here many times before and will continue to drink and dine here. Many thanks Jamie
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible as always
  11. T

    Tiggy

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Lovely service, but restaurant sadly was not for us. The squid starter was lovely, but the salad for main course had more dressing than salad in the bowl and little bits of chicken. I thought it was expensive for what it was. My burger was lukewarm not much burger itself more relishes inside and the bun was cold like it had come out of the fridge. It also didn’t seem freshly cooked. However we still had a nice night and the people running the place were all very nice and good service. Just shame about the food.
  12. CC

    CarolineC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food nice friendly staff good quality food excellent cocktails
  13. L

    Ligla

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Helpful warm and friendly staff. Burgers were great. Mac n cheese a bit dry Good beer Chicken wing starter not so good. Burnt ends delicious
  14. LG

    LizG

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love this place. We went there for our wedding anniversary and were treated to a glass of Prosecco each which was a nice surprise. We always get good service and the food is great. Our only slight disappointment was that beef brisket is not on the current menu although burnt ends were. We got married in Texas and had beef brisket for our wedding meal. The Craft and Cleaver food is the nearest we have found to that so please bring it back on the menu.
  15. AS

    AndyS

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and place. Definitely going back.
  16. LD

    LeahD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    the classic burger with smokehouse fries, or wings with a side of lemonade and ketchup for the chips
  17. JC

    JakeC

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor service, poor food. Would not come back or recommend
  18. KR

    KellyR

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch - all five of us agreed our food was great and we will definitely be back soon.
  19. HP

    HazelP

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We had a lovely meal. I did put oil the booking that we were celebrating a birthday sadly there was no acknowledgement of this. Service was very good proactively apologising when our opinion rings were forgotten
  20. HS

    HarryS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice food, good service, not particularly good value for money but nice place as a treat. It’s a shame they allow dogs in though. We had a slobbering enthusiastic dog next to us for our meal.
  21. BL

    BlasL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I used to go there for the slices of brisket they had…now they changed the menu…they don’t offer that anymore. We instead receive briquette chunks overcooked lots of pepper and lots of bbq sauce…We were always referring this place to friends and foreign visitors…its not an option now.
  22. CB

    ChanBing

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food was fantastic. Buger was juicy and full of flavour. Ox cheek was to die for. Melted like butter. Highly recommend. Try the peanut butter tequila! It was great
  23. M

    Matthew

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Craft & Cleaver has lost their appeal in the last couple of years. On reflection from previous attendances, the quality of the food has seriously declined. The smoke flavour and lack of seasoning completely overtakes everything, leaving a homogeneous mass of bland and tasteless meat, accompanied by average side dishes. Considering the price, I expected better.
  24. h

    hinlaht

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went as a family of four and had a really lovely dinner. The waiters were fab and sorted mocktails plus candy floss trimmings for our children. The food was delicious. We will certainly be back.
  25. J

    Jshee1

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely staff and a very informative owner. Would highly recommend, we will be back.
  26. AJ

    AliceJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious burgers and fab selection of ales - would highly recommend a visit!
  27. P

    Pete

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch. This is our go-to place for family celebrations as the food is outstanding and the craft beer selection is starting to be the best in St Albans. Would highly recommend on all counts.
  28. JB

    JennyB

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic food and service. Really great place to eat.
  29. A

    Akash

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full rack of baby back ribs went back to the kitchen with no meat on....they were incredible!
  30. AJ

    AdamJ

    Hampshire

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Nice decor, friendly, fast and efficient service but found my Ribs were over cooked.
  31. VH

    ValerieH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food lots to choose from and staff very friendly
  32. C

    Christina

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at this venue and I'm sure it will not be the last. Staff are always so nice, super friendly and nothing is too much. Food did take a bit of time to come out, but boy when it did, it was utterly delicious! The ribs are to die for! Looking forward to our next visit.
  33. NF

    NickF

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good service, lovely food (the BBQ’d slow roasted lamb special was excellent), a nice spot in the garden, a very nice evening
  34. CC

    ClaireC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Wonderful tasty food. Great service! Thank you
  35. NG

    NigelG

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a cracking place this is! They do actually have proper craft beers on tap that always change (Polly's, Boxcar, Brew York, etc) as well as a very well stock fridge of more. The food is superb & plenty. It is in the World of BBQ & smoked meats. Very decent portions & reasonable (about £16 for a very good burger & chips) & £10 for half a rack of lovely baby back ribs. We left stuffed! There is a very nice outside area including some booths. Staff are very attentive & friendly. A real find & somewhere we shall keep returning!
  36. HM

    HaleyM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My partner and I went to Craft and Cleaver for his birthday dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There is a range of mains to choose from, including some veggie options which looked delicious. Good cocktails and food. Will definitely consider going back.
  37. BH

    BillH

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pleasantly surprised with vegetarian options - cauliflower wing tacos & sweetcorn cheeseballs both very nice. My wife enjoyed her chicken. Service (Jenny plus barman) was friendly, efficient and professional as always. A great evening. Well done! Bill & Sara
  38. MP

    MatthewP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The beef brisket was to die for; the best I have had in the UK.
  39. AB

    ArndtB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, very friendly and funny waiter, with good recommendations regarding beer!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Fantastic food and amazing atmosphere. Services was a little sporadic, however they were amazing just under staffed

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Craft & Cleaver offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01727 568300.

Craft & Cleaver is rated 4.5 stars by 1187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Craft & Cleaver

62 Catherine Street St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5BU

Additional information

  • Area

    St. Albans

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 12:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–21:30 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00 Sun 17:00–20:00

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Burgers, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    The nearest parking is available at the Drovers Way multi-storey Car Park (2 mins) or the small Pay & Display on Adelaide Street (1 min). Alternatively, we"re a short walk away from the Christopher Place or Bricket Road Car Parks.

  • Public Transit

    A 15 minute walk from St Albans City Train Station, or 20 minutes from St Albans Abbey Train Station. On the main bus route from Hemel/Welwyn.Just down the road from St. Albans bus stops.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    01727 568300

  • Catering

    Got an event that needs catering? We can come to you. Weddings, Company Barbecues, Birthdays - we'll bring the wagon! Give us a call and ask for Adam to find out more!

  • Private party facilities

    We have a variety of options for large parties. Give us a call to find out more!

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