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HotBox Spitalfields

4.5
41 reviews
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£25 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
At HotBox we use a combination of kiln dried Hickory and Oak in our 1 tonne Rotisserie Smoker. The meat is dry rubbed and cooked low and slow(ly) to create tender, succulent cuts that melt in the mouth. Be careful though, theres plenty of spice to get those taste buds fired up!

Please note our BAR reservations are for our downstairs bar 46&Mercy, and not the restaurant. We have a special snack menu available for our bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Tues - Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm and 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Sun 11:30am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
020 7247 1817
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
Our basement bar 46 & Mercy is is the perfect drinking den for that special celebration. Previously home to a famous street art gallery it is a unique private dining experience, which is versatile and impressive for any occasion.
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Catering
BBQ and lite bites.
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Public Transit
Liverpool Street and Aldgate East stations within walking distance
What 41 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Great place for all meat lovers with quality over quantity of meals. Went for a special occasion and the birthday boy absolutely loved it!

My only negative feedback is two staff members asking at different times to leave because the next booking had arrived.

It was done in a nice way but no option for dessert and definitely pressure to leave for the next sitting which I found disappointing.

So I would recommend but not if you want to take your time with a meal.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great food and ambience. Good variety of craft beer. Downstairs bar calm vibe. Perfect for chilled evening.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Great food, great beer, great service, cool vibe.. the kind of place you can go to for a date when you just want something informal and fun (there are two secret cocktail bars nearby too - discount suit company and mayor of scardy cat town which are good for pre-drinks if you get there early (6.30 early!))

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Food was delicious. It was all quite spicy so our mac and cheese side was a good balance. We had wings to start and beef short rib and pork ribs for main all delicious. Chips were out of this world. Don’t miss the deep fried Oreos, worth saving room for

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Great food, good Bloody Mary menu, they just need to be a little quicker with the service as we were often empty
And waiting for more drinks

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

I was recommended Hotbox by a friend who told me they had a smashing mac 'n cheese. And it really lived up to expectations! I didn't try much of the other items on the menu, but it seemed that everyone with me thoroughly enjoyed what they had ordered. The deep-friend oreos were also a pleasant surprise, and very indulgent! Staff at Hotbox were also extremely friendly. It was my birthday dinner and I was very pleased with my experience overall!

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

very nice!

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

I visited Hotbox on a Saturday for bottomless brunch. The food was amazing, staff were attentive and our drinks were constantly kept topped up, more than at any other bottomless brunch I've been to, background music was good and there was a great vibe. We were on a table with a long bench seat, sharing with another two people but we weren't all squashed in, there was plenty of space which was great. Would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

We had a really good night. The food was delicious and so was the cocktails. Well priced. The staff was friendly. Only pitiful is we could have done with the table for longer as they get really busy and it felt a little rushed. Would definitely recommend this place for people looking for after work food and drinks!!!

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

I had an incredible Bloody Mary, truffle egg toast, and just a single scoop of corn flake ice cream. I went alone because I was craving a craft bloody, and it did not disappoint. There are five (!!!) to choose from, and if I was with a group of friends I absolutely would have done the bottomless drinks brunch they offer. I went with the Green bloody and I can’t stop thinking about it or the rest of the meal.

I wish I lived in London just so I could make this place a regular spot. Service, food, ambiance - this place has everything a brunch lover needs.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Fun afternoon! drinks were flowing

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Huge helpings for serious carnivores....truly gorgeous ribs

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Food was amazing, couldnt fault the services and great music being played. this is my new favourite place to eat! i dont usually wirte reviews but it was soo good i had to say something.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Great food! Expensive bottomless but they keep coming!

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Awesome place. Staff 1-million percent friendly and helpful. Good tunes. Have already recommended to my friends. 👌🏾👊🏾

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

It's all about the meat at this industrial-styled BBQ joint, with bench seating upstairs and a cocktail bar in the basement. We shared wings, a superb smoked platter and a couple of sides between two, which was more than enough! Rounded off with an amazing banana and chocolate dessert, this place hit the spot.

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4.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Fantastic burgers. Exceptional sides.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

At first I was worried that this place would be too casual for our 5th year anniversary but we also prefer places which aren't too fancy so this was a perfect happy medium. Food was very good, best veggie options that I have seen anywhere and the service was spot on. I would be recommending this place and will be back for a bottomless brunch one day!!

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1.0Dined on 14 March 2018

The food was bland except for the taste of chilli. Poor seating choice where the seats are too high for the table and gave me a sore back after ten minutes.

Service was okay, nothing special... But to include a 12% on the bill that they then refuse to remove when asked to do so (I give tips in cash) was just annoying.

I wouldn't go again.

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5.0Dined on 13 March 2018

Awesome bottomless brunch, awesome food and awesome service! Definitely recommend as a treat for friends or partners!

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4.0Dined on 10 March 2018

The service was indeed very good - extremely friendly and accommodating. The place is exactly what you would expect after going to their website so if you like that kind of atmosphere, you'll love this place.

In terms of food, both my fiancee and I were terribly ill the day after - we had the St Louis pork ribs, and there was plenty of fat on them but much less meat. However, our two friends had different dishes (one had the Piggy burger, which contained pulled medium-rare meat - which she was somewhat surprised about since she wasn't asked how she wanted it cooked) but none of them were ill at least. The Deep fried Oreo's apparently mainly tasted of gooey dough.

Overall, it should receive high marks for being what they advertise it to be - a nice cheap BBQ place, with good service and nice atmosphere. Despite it all, we still had a good time. It was just unfortunate that we both fell ill after having the ribs.

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2.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Haven’t been for a while and it used to be really good. Only the brunch menu available to 6pm - not great. Food was distinctly average!

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4.0Dined on 8 March 2018

This was my first time eating at HotBox and I'm sure I will be back. Every dish was beautifully cooked and full of flavour, I took a friend who is a huge meat lover and he was very impressed. Lovely place, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful (our waitress realised I did not like my cocktail and she changed it without fuss and without charging me - big shout out to Mary!) Drinks are very strong, buzzing atmosphere. I highly recommend the pork tacos as starters and if you have a sweet tooth the fried Oreo cookies for dessert should satisfy all your sugar cravings! Well done HotBox!!!

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5.0Dined on 6 March 2018

Booked on behalf of our board who were in London for a business meeting. The feedback was excellent, ace and really good atmosphere. On top of the food they particularly liked the fact that the could go into the bar downstairs after they had eaten.

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5.0Dined on 6 March 2018

Fantastic food.
Fantastic service.
Fantastic atmosphere.
Bad wine.
^ defo can take a hit on that cause the food is incredible.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Great experience and great food as always!

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Good atmosphere if you want to catch up with friends. Staff is friendly and there is a decent playlist running in the background.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Went for brunch. The meat selection was fab and not too expensive. We probably overdid it with the meat though so felt a bit sick later on. Probably wise to mix it up with a bit of veggies!

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5.0Dined on 28 February 2018

The platter was huge and great value... get one to share!
BBQ beef rib was also amazing, just fell off the bone and was cooked to perfection.
The pork belly starter was very different, but tasted great!
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for great BBQ food in the area.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Thanks very much to the team serving us - both in the restaurant and at the bar. We stayed long after the bar had shut and the bar staff was very patient with us. Our waiter was a man from Derry. I greatly enjoyed celebrating my birthday here and the service was much appreciated. The food was delicious as always - my favorite still has to always be the pork ribs. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Great spot for a group get together. Attentive staff and some really good smoked meats. Good bar downstairs👍🏼

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5.0Dined on 22 February 2018

Cfo's 60th birthday. Obviously there were late arrivals on our part. Staff were brilliant in making sure we made our next venue in time. Best burger I've ever had. Mickey was fantastic with taking our awkward booking last minute.
Looking forward to returning

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

I booked this place for my birthday (this was mentioned on the booking, but staff were unaware - it didn't matter, but was odd that I'd been asked what the occasion was and then it wasn't passed on).
The atmosphere was fairly quiet on a Tuesday night, perfect for us, and I imagine it would be buzzing at the weekend. The food was delicious and staff were very friendly and helpful.
The seating is long benches so it's easy to chat to others at the table or not as you prefer. It's not huge, so it feels quite intimate while in there.
I recommend sharing the meat platter and adding sides, so you have room for deep fried Oreos!

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

Amazing food!!! Will be back soon!

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4.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Loved our recent visit to HotBox, which exceeded expectations. Mutton barbecoa tacos were a beautiful balance of spices, salt, and zingy vinaigrette - I could have had ten of these. Beef short rib where to die for, the pepper dry run covering them in dryness and flavour against the melting fat in the middle of each, unctuous bite. Smoked mac&cheese was possibly my favourite dish, creamy, buttery with every breath, and contrasted by delicious crumby, crunchy topping. Just heavenly - there is no sparing calories at Hotbox, thus no sparing flavour.
Dessert was my only less than five star dish, with deep fried Oreos being an indulgent and rich idea, but the corn flake ice cream (which I'd really be looking forward to!) not delivering, for me: more crumbly than creamy, too cold and hard to easily spoon into, and the corn flakes were soggy and delivered none of the expected crunch or flavour. Still, go for the starters and the mains - and prepare for an experience in flavours and textures that will blow your mind.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Absolutely loved HotBox! Went with a friend for brunch while we were in London for a long weekend. Food was delicious as was liquid brunch. Our server was fantastic, always kept our drinks topped off and she was super nice. Would go back in a heartbeat!

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Beef was a bi

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Great food

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4.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Yummy food with the pork belly being a highlight. The mac n cheese is heavenly. Good place with friends and if you don't mind sharing s table with strangers. Good service although could have been a bit more attentive with drinks. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Easy to get to. relatively small restaurant with a lower ground floor bar area.
Food was quite rich but tasty. All but one dish ordered was great. The green beans, peppers, blue cheese and almonds. This is more to do with personal taste as we didn't realise it would be green paper heavy.

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