Hammer & Tongs

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£26 to £40
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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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50% Off food

Visit Hammer & Tongs, the South African BBQ (Braai) restaurant & bar in Farringdon/Clerkenwell, this January for 50% off your wood fired food bill.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 4 people

Starts: 10 January 2020

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:30

What 154 People Are Saying
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HJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I’m not sure if H&T just had a bad night but it took over an 1 hour and 30 mins to be served our food and when it came, it was cold. Of course by this point we were all starving so just ate. I think the food would have tasted a lot better had it been hot which is why I went down the middle with my score. On a positive note the chips were tasty and the cheese toasties (not sure the SA word for it) were great.

I found the service to be pretty bad, with lack of communication and extremely slow service not only on food but also drinks. I know another table complained that it had taken them over 20 minutes to be served some drinks.

Apart from a picture of nelson Mandela there wasn’t really a South African vibe which is something we were all hoping for. The music was chart music and slightly too loud.

A lot of wines were also out of stock that night.

Luckily we visited when it was 50% off food. Had it not been I would have been arguing for at least that.

Sadly the restaurant fell flat throughout the whole evening and did not meet expectations.

I would not recommend to friends nor would I visit again

A
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice selection of meats! The service was good also a nice spot to catch up with friends!

The fries were absolutely spot on!

CL
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great way to start the new year
Would recommend to anyone who likes their meat, will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overall good experience, I'll certainly go back at some point

b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We ordered one of the mid-size platters and the foot itself was fairly nice. I think I would have preferred a bit more flavour to the ribs and the belly pork, but I do think that may have been the style of cooking as it was barbecued well. The mini toasties themselves were divine.
The main issue was that we had a 18:45 reservation, and we were essentially forgotten (in a half full restaurant upstairs) so we had to wait 30minutes until someone took our order (at our own prompting) and then didn’t actually get any food until around 20:00.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is good and the staff themselves were very friendly.
Perhaps the delay in the food took away from how our experience was.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was amazing and presentation was really good. Really helpful in exchanging a few items on the platters for other things on the menu. Service slightly slow but always friendly. Had a lovely experience.

AT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and friendly service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food definitely would recommend for everyone to try this if you’re a meat loved.

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty meal. Baby Braii Platter & Malva Pudding a must! Great value too.

HL
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service great wine very good food. The restaurant could have nicer interior.

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The wine selection is great and the cocktails are well priced. The food was ok. It was a braii so well cooked meat and a few sides. Great for sharing with friends

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience3

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

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was very well cooked & flavoursome. Definitely recommend!

H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good value for money

a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

TB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

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
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

GR
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great braai restaurent and staff brill! Would definately return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine with exceptional service as usual.

w
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round.

Authentic food and easy going atmosphere.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was great but restaurant was quiet so lacked atmosphere.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Intimate setting but the room did get a little Smokey!
Food was good and portions generous.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food2service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

ML
Berkshire
16 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food, especially the meaty dishes. Would recommend.