Craft & Cleaver

4.6
920 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 920 People Are Saying
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MrCheeseFondue
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Monday night diner this week. Restaurant wasnt busy but there were enough customers to create a nice buzz. Having been stuck without restaurants for so long it's nice to see people out and about, especially early in the week.

Ok,firstly,we had a nice time. Ambience was good, service was fine and perfectly adequate for the style of restaurant. Food was great. We shared a beef rib, brisket burnt ends, fries and some wings (which oddly aren't available as a separate dish on the menu, only as part of the sharing platter, but we asked if it were possible to add them to our beef fest and the happily obliged).

The rib was fall off the bone but still moist. Burnt ends came with a mild blue cheese dip which was very pleasant too and helped cut through the meatiness. Fries were nicely seasoned and wings were nicely spiced.

A nice time spent with good company in a nice atmosphere eating nice food.

Not 5 stars but only because there's always room for improvement, no other definitive or negative reasons.

I'd go back.

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Makka
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was scrummy as always and the service was very good. Me and my girlfriend had a lovely meal 😊

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HannahW
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Would definitely come again :)

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SeaKing
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love craft beer and you love BBQ’d to perfection meat. Give it a go.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Went for family dinner, was pricy as everything you ordered didn’t come as a meal you had to order sides separately so 1 meal with two side(fries and veg) easily comes £30. 3 dessert options vey limited. Girl cleaning our table asked us to give her our plates!! If I wanted to tidy up I would of stayed at home and saved £200 Unfortunately wouldn’t return.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We've been here once before, approx 2 yrs ago & thought it was good. This time we took friends and were embarrassed by the service. The food is really expensive but for quality we don't normally mind. However, for the portion sizes last night the cost was extortionate. You have to buy and sides e.g. fries, as extra for another £5 (bowl of). One waitress was uncomfortably rude and when we politely asked for the second time if she could bring a side that we'd ordered she sighed....and we never got it. Getting service was like pulling teeth to be honest. We had ribs (1 large rib was a main course), small tray of burnt ends (swimming in bbq sauce, great if you like that), a chicken burger, small tray of pulled pork (swimming in bbq sauce again), 2 portions of fries and a very pleasant mac n cheese, couple of drinks each for 4 of us which came to just under £150. There are better venues in St Albans so I would recommend you try an alternative.

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TonyM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, quickly served by a very attentive team

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TaylorB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my partner's birthday and our whole experience was outstanding! The staff were incredibly friendly and efficient, and the food was exceptional. The prices here are slightly higher than your usual restaurant chains, but that is reflected in the quality of the food and the service you receive. A particular shout out to the lady who we assume was the manager, she was incredible and even gave my other half a little extra something for his birthday, which was gratefully received!

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always have good food and it's always a good value

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch in a beautiful garden. Food was excellent and choice of drinks very good. Will go back if in St Albans again.

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EdwardB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff very friendly and nice gaff , well worth a visit

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LizK
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Would recommend when visiting St Albans

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Feast for 2 was soo amazing!

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ToniM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service, friendly, attentive, informed and efficient. Great Caesar salad - chicken and dressing outstanding. Amazing crispy squid, burnt ends to die for! Amazing for BBQ enthusiasts. Huge range of drinks and a great atmosphere

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DamienS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff, quality all round. Would Def come back.

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Gudgin
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in everything we had and an awesome experience overall.
Fab drinks selection, even more fabulous food and brilliant staff!!
& an added touch with a little visitor
Would always highly recommend! :-)

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Lucyy
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my anniversary, the food was amazing, the service was outstanding. This is my favourite restaurant and every time I come I am never disappointed! Would recommend !!

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MikeW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Even though they were short of staff our waitress was excellent.
Cheerful, helpful and had a sense of humour.
Due to the staff shortage one of the chefs helped served the food. He did this with a smile on his face.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic informal bbq

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Pe28PRH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pleasant but not stunning. Wouldn’t not eat there again but don’t have an urge to rush back either

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KeithS
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We used to like Craft and Clever, the menu had a great choice,plenty of craft beers to choose from.
Unfortunately the menu is limited,not much to choose,limited craft beer.
The food is quality.

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SammyJ
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, friendly staff. Highly recommend this place.

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SaraD
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing drinks and a lovely vibe. I come here often and the service is always 10/10

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PeteL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & even took what we didn't eat home which was a lovely bonus!
Cocktails were delicious as well, would highly recommend

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JoeF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Was for a birthday party of 8 people so was really good how well the staff worked our table, very helpful and spot on with service.

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JeremyS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always great food and beers, and service is normally fine, but did seem they might have been a bit short on staff like many other industries at this point in COVID. That said, the staff there were working very hard and the food was same great standard as always. Last thing, the place is always buzzing and loud, with both music and chatter, so not always a relaxing place to eat if you are expecting a romantic or conversational meal, but if you are looking for a place for some fun and loud banter in a group, this is your place.

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TatianaB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, great beer, food and service! Will definitely return.

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Ajbraunton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my birthday meal and it was by far the best choice. The food was incredible, real top notch meat and the taste was insane. Officially my favorite bbq restaurant as of now. Its a shame they didn't have the full menu available but still a decent amount of choice. Believe me I will be back for a second round.

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VickieF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was quiet being mid week lunchtime, staff were friendly without being too pushy.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Starter could have been a little warmer but was incredible. The main course was excellent. Service was excellent. I knocked one star off for value which I now regret because I’d rather this quality than compromise so assume five stars for everything! Already planning my return!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited Craft & Cleaver for a family meal. Great service and the food was very good, as usual. Portion sizes are generous too.

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krispykreme
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Craft & Clever, and we are not locals so made a specific trip to east there - we were not disappointed!

As a group of 5 we shared some starters, because we didn’t want to get too full but wanted to try them!
Calamari was the group favourite, the corn & halloumi fritters were a surprise success, we also had the jerk pork belly - which was also excellent but couldn’t really taste the jerk flavour at all.

For mains we ordered 2 sharing platters, an extra burnt ends & several sides, to make sure we were waddling out the restaurant with leftovers!
All the platter meats were excellent. The ribs were a huge hit, the burnt ends were superb.

It is unusual to not see brisket on the menu at a bbq restaurant and this would be my one piece of very minor feedback. It appears you can preorder a whole one for your group (looking at Instagram) but not sure where all the brisket goes that makes the burnt ends?!

The staff were welcoming and genuinely seemed to love working there.

There’s a great selection of beers and We will definitely return!

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with top quality bbq, a decent selection of beers on draft.
I look forward to my next visit!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Shame about the obnoxious table next to us who felt the need to shout all night - but enjoyed the food!’

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MarcoM
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, only thing I wasn’t overly happy with was the dessert was a bit rubbish so that could do with improving, apart from that the rest was all good

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Sara
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is good. We found that the taste of most meet is very similar due to similar marinates. Service could be better, more friendly and more attentive.

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LauraL
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice and lovely environment. Food was delicious and drinks were yummy. Only downside was the service was a bit slow and I had to ask for my bill 3 times and was forgotten about till I went to the bar to ask for it in person. And it wasn’t that busy. That’s just needs improving. But overall very nice restaurant

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vippetersimmons80
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Think they must have new chef. Jerk pork for starter and pineapple salsa increiblr

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best burgers we’ve ever eaten

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FoodieFan
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu is excellent for meat eaters and we both enjoyed what we chose. We considered all the drinks prices to be on the high side. We will return but would choose to dine in the garden next time, when I called to ask if it was covered I was told it wasn't so we booked to eat inside but I would guess c50% of the garden IS covered.

FAQs

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

Craft & Cleaver is rated 4.6 stars by 920 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.