Hammer & Tongs

4.3
141 reviews
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Celebrating the traditional South African braai, Hammer & Tongs specialises in generous portions of succulent meats. Juicy steaks and ribs are marinated in herbs and spices, and served alongside a diverse exclusively South African wine list, signature cocktails and craft beers in a warm, inviting setting.

The Hammer & Tongs menu is centred around the traditional South African barbecue, known as a braai. Imported Sekelbos wood from Namibia is used to smoke the beef, pork, chicken and fish dishes, with delicacies including spiced pork belly skewers with apple and cider compote, and boerewors beef sausage served with homemade chutneys. The restaurant also bakes its own beer bread, and features a selection of gourmet salads for non meat eaters.

For pudding there are exotic sweet treats like chilli grilled pineapple with ginger ice cream and toasted coconut, while the bar mixes up all kinds of signature cocktails.

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What 141 People Are Saying
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p
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Big curly sausage was a bit dry. Overall good value and quite tasty.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow - bring your appetite. FAB-U- LOUS all round, we shall return when we feel hungry again! :)

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

Everything was very well cooked & flavoursome. Definitely recommend!

H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BBQ was fantastic and you must try the Malva pudding and sorbet too.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good value for money

a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening catching up with friends. Food was lovely and would come again

TB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The meet and greet can be improved as we stood around for a good 5 minutes waiting to get our reserved table. We were left to make our own way to the table downstairs and then were waved in the direction of a table to it took a while to ascertain which table was ours.

A further 15 min wait for our drinks order to be taken, we placed our meal order at the same time.

The food was excellent and perfectly cooked, the accompaniments were delicious and portions were plentiful. The wine list is extensive and exclusively South African, which is always a pleasure.

In the end the fantastic meal outweighed the distracted service and I would go again, but they could really invest in having a few more staff as they would definitely have been able to up-sell us starters and more drinks had service been more attentive and speedier.

e
London
32 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very nice meal, good food, good service, just very quiet, we were the only customers, we want to go back on a Saturday evening when i'm sure it will be busier.

SK
Frankfurt Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and vibe in the restaurant! Very relaxed place for a hearty meal

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service
good interior in the cellar
food is good, but could have more character

GR
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great braai restaurent and staff brill! Would definately return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine with exceptional service as usual.

w
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service, maybe a tad pricey but not over the top. Would highly recommend to anybody that is a fan of barbecue and wants a change from American style. Could do with a bit more moisture (like a dipping sauce) to go with the mixed grill option but that is a minor compliant for what was a very good meal. 4.5 stars if Opentable had such an option.

JR
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Lovely restaurant with good food however we were the only people in the restaurant. Not sure if that’s only because this is a lore a dinner and weekend place rather than a midday week lunch? We didn’t mind too much as there was 8 of us so we created our own atmosphere.
I would recommend the sharing platters and also the apricot cake - it is essentially sticky toffee pudding!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, especially meats. Fresh and really tasty. A wonderful choice of very good South African wines. Most enjoyable experience.

JR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round.

Authentic food and easy going atmosphere.

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

Food was great but restaurant was quiet so lacked atmosphere.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant South African food, incredibly authentic and a lovely environment. Friendly staff - what’s not to love !?

A
London
83 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuine, unspoiled South African food of great quality and beautifully cooked. Lunchtime ambience, midweek, was quiet. The restaurant is elegant and service was cheerful, responsive and professional. Its not cheap but its good value for the area ond the quality. The wine list too is pure South African and has a sensible range at sensible prices. The owner is similarly cheerful and approachable. Well worth a visit.

DV
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice location and food was very good. It‘s worth the money and you for sure will not leave the restaurant hungry having paid too much. The service was excellent always helpful and open for our wishes. We will go there again. We were there at 19:30 on a Saturday and surprising it was not overcrowded so I guess you will find a place without reservation before. We liked it very much - a nice contrast to this expensive so called IN restaurants where you are paying more than 120 GBP for 2 and leaving it hungry and with damaged ears as it is too loud.

A
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food, great value and very friendly service. Only downside was our clothes really smelt of smoke (from the cooking) afterwards, but at least it was an authentic braai!!

SB
London
46 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The meat is excellent quality and well prepared. Biltong was outstanding. Nice wine and cocktail selection. Service was friendly and efficient. A lot of food!!! Go hungry

PP
London
178 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE THIS PLACE. The food is amazing. The steak beats Gaucho, Hawksmoor and anywhere else. It's amazing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I’d been looking at this place a long time and finally pulled the trigger on going. The pics look great on Facebook and I had to try it. We ordered our own platter of sorts instead of their options. We had a 450 rib on bone, prawn skewer, boarwoer and chicken wings. The prawns were fantastic but the rest was average, in fact the wings were like the chicken you get in a supermarket hotbox. The steak was the most dissapointing as it had none of the smoky flavour you would expect from a braai and was just flavourless in general.

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

A great South African bbq place. Very simple, good food.

ML
Berkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We bought the most high priced platter but it wasn’t big enough and we didn’t find it as good as our expectations from the menu etc. be prepared to pay £50pp

HM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, especially the meaty dishes. Would recommend.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Too expensive for what it servers. Good service tho

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice really good drinks and excellent service

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We couldn't help feeling that quite a few tricks were missed here. To start, the decor and atmosphere is really lacking - the only hint to it being a South African restaurant was a solitary picture of a Rhino on the wall. The drinks menu had no SA beers (but to be fair, there was plenty of SA wine).

The food was very tasty but VERY expensive for what you get.

In all, we both felt totally underwhelmed by the whole experience.

MG
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great South African BBQ theme, with Real south African wood shipped in to feed the wood fired BBQ

The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, helping guide us through some of the more unusual items on the menu.

The combination of foods on the platter we shared was excellent, and the Couscous side salad exceptional.

All the items on a combination platter are available separately, if you know exactly what you want, but for me a carefully chosen combination was a very welcome way to try some new things.

These platters come in different sizes (2, 4 or 6 people) and are correctly sized for generous adult portions.
I can imagine three men managing to finish a 4 person platter, but they would need to be HUNGRY

Will certainly be back if I am in the area, they are open for lunch 12-3, which give me more chance....

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, lovely staff, ensure you are hungry as the portions are substantial.

LM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent food, waitresses were warm and inviting. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect date night.

M
London
21 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great selection. Was quiet for a Friday night but great service. Would recommend.

DK
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An authentic South African meal awaits you. All cooked on the open fire. Even the wood is shipped in from SA to gice tgat special smell ypu eill know if you have grown up in SA.
Supurb wine list.

PO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a few times and each and every occasion has been spectacular. Great service, fantastic flavours in all their dishes and for a reasonable price. Its a hidden gem that needs to be everyones favourite

OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, very friendly staff. Food is worth it, lots to choose from. Would recommend mixing and sharing, the non meat options are also delicious - definitely worth trying a few of them!

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Second visit here. They removed the lamb skewers from the menu, which was previously the best item. Ribeye was still great, but everything else was quite dry and average this time. Still 'good' just because of the steak alone, otherwise, a bit forgettable.

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Food was awesome. Service was timely and personal.

CB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was out of this world. Staff are friendly and helpful. Will be recommending this to everyone I know in the London Area.

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