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20 of the best Farringdon Restaurants

21 April 2015 Carly Klineberg Read time: 6 min
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Carly Klineberg

Prepare your bellies for 20 of the best restaurants in Farringdon! This area is alive and kicking with so many great places to eat and drink. Every week there seems to be a new place setting up shop offering the latest foodie craze from coffee to burgers to fancy five-course meals.

Hungry? In Farringdon? Let’s eat!

20 of the best restaurants in Farringdon

1. Dovetail


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Beer lovers get excited – the Dovetail serves some of the finest Belgian beers in London plus a fantastic range of artisan beers from across the globe. And to get you even more into the Belgian spirit, try their moules frites or their ‘Beer & Cheese’ fondue and you’ll think you’re in Brussels.

Address: 9-10 Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP

Phone: 0207 490 7321

2. Zetter Town House

For a limited time, you can enjoy an exquisite dining experience by top Chef Bruno Loubet at The Grain Store Unleashed. The vegetable-focused menus push the boundaries of what you’d normally expect from vegetarian cuisine. And meat-eaters don’t get scared – your favourite proteins are still on the menu, they may just be hidden under a bit more green than you’re used to.

Address: St John's Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ

Phone: 0207 324 4455

3. St John Bar and Restaurant

Here at Movebubble HQ, we love bone marrow. And we all agree that you just can’t order anything other than the bone marrow and parsley salad when you treat yourself to a seriously tasty meal at St John. The menu is hearty and wholesome and their wine menu is beyond fantastic. Come here for real food, real wine, and a really good time.

Address: 26 St. John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Phone: 0207 251 0848

4. Artisan

Relax and unwind with some classic British dishes and a smooth pint of ale at this cosy pub. Artisan offers a quiet refuge away from the hustle and bustle of London life and their tapas style food will really make you happy. From pork belly to cod fishcakes to maple baked Camembert – your life will be transformed through the consumption of beautiful food, no matter how bad your day was.

Address: 53 St John's Square, EC1V 4JL

Phone: 0207 490 2333

5. St Barts

For a fun night out with friends, St Barts delivers great pub food, a brilliant range of cocktails and ales, plus live music and comedy – all with a touch of luxury and class.

While their menu may look like your average gastropub, the locally sourced produce and expert chefs deliver something just a little bit special. The Brick Lane burger with a lamb pattie, onion bhaji and mango chutney is hard to go past.

Address: 66 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DY

Phone: 0207 600 2705

6. The Gunmakers


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They describe their food as ‘simple good food freshly made in-house with the best ingredients we can get our hands on.’ And we agree. It is real food cooked to perfection and served in one of the coolest pubs in Farringdon. And gentlemen, if you’re in need of a trim, there’s a late night barbershop located on the third floor.

Address: 13 Eyre Street Hill, EC1R 5ET

Phone: 0207 278 1022

7. Sushi Tetsu


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Sushi Tetsu is a unique and intimate Japanese restaurant serving up some of the highest quality, and most sought after, sushi and sashimi in London. Getting a seat in this tiny restaurant is quite an achievement and you pay for your right to sit in one of the very few seats, however once you taste the brilliant food produced from this kitchen if will all be worth it. Choose one of the Omakse options – this is Japanese for ‘entrust the chef’ and that’s all you need to do.

Address: 12 Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP

Phone: 0203 217 0090

8. Bird of Smithfield

This is high end, quality British cuisine served in such sophisticated surrounds you’d think you’ve just walked into an episode of Mad Men. After indulging in a glass of something on the rooftop terrace, you can enjoy a glorious meal in the stylish dining room. The menu is traditional with a contemporary twist – shepherd’s pie, roast duck, finished off with lemon posset. Yum.

Address:26 Smithfield Street, EC1A 9LB

Phone: 0207 559 5100

9. Club Gascon

For something very, very special, nothing says ‘Wow!’ more than Michelin rated French cuisine. Head chef, Pascal Aussignac, delivers a playful approach to southern French cooking, using classic ingredients such as foie gras, scallops and other seasonal produce. His set five-course menu is remarkably affordable at £65.

Address: 57 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS

Phone: 0207 600 6144

10. The Modern Pantry


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For people wish their lives looked as cool as a Oh Comely magazine, meeting your friends for lunch at The Modern Pantry is one step closer to achieving this dream. Their modern and fresh menu is vibrant, healthy and revitalising, encompassing ingredients such as kale, quinoa and local lamb. This isn’t some sort of health trip – it is hearty and wholesome food made with love. You can dine in the restaurant and café or order take away from their small pantry.

Address: 47 – 48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ

Phone: 0207 553 9210

11. Foxlow

Foxlow is a fun and friendly restaurant with a seriously tasty American-style menu and easy-going service. The brunch menu at this place is brilliant – Moroccan eggs, the all day breakfast burger, or (our favourite) avocado, chilli and lime on toast. The menu is great value for money so you’ll have enough cash left over to try their Elvis Presley sandwich for dessert.

Address: 69–73, St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4AN

Phone: 0207 014 8070

12. Ibérica

We’re not usually fans of chain restaurants but this Spanish gem is just too good. The tapas in this place will transport you to Madrid with Serrano ham, grilled octopus, spicy sardines and arroz negro. And how can you go past their churros and amazing chocolate sauce? You can’t. You just can’t.

Address: 89 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5QU

Phone: 0207 636 8650

13. Smiths of Smithfield

This place was originally set up under the watchful eye of John Torode (of MasterChef fame) however he has since moved on. Spread across four floors, there’s a little bit of everything in this restaurant. The ground floor offers casual pub style dining but head on up to find a cocktail bar, fine dining and a roof-top terrace. You get a fantastic view from the upper floors as you sip your champagne and tuck into an Aberdeen angus fillet.

Address: 77A Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJ

Phone: 0207 251 7950

14. Hix Oyster and Chop House


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If steak is your thing then Hix Oyster and Chop House won’t disappoint. They use the highest quality meat available and cook it to perfection. And it isn’t called an oyster restaurant for nothing – you can slurp down freshly shucked oysters either au natural or served with spicy sausage. Like all Hix establishments, you can expect top quality service and food and are guaranteed a great night out.

Address: 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BN

Phone: 0207 017 1930 

15. Polpo

Polpo is the kind of restaurant where you can enjoy a long evening with a good friend, making your way through a bottle (or two) of wine and a selection of small, delicious tapas plates. Their menu is designed to be shared with dishes such as arancini, spicy pork and fennel meatballs and cod cheeks with lentils and salsa verde. We also recommend you try their aperol spritz for a refreshing after work drink.

Address: 3 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6DR

Phone: 0207 250 0034

16. Burger & Lobster


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There are only three items on the Burger & Lobster menu – a juicy burger with your favourite fillings, steamed or steamed and then grilled lobster, or a lobster roll. All are served with skinny fries and a little salad and all will blow your mind. The folks at Burger & Lobster have chosen to go down the limited menu route in order to deliver the best quality possible and they do. This is the place to come for some of the best tasting and best value lobster outside of Maine.

Address: 40 St Johns Street, Smithfield, EC1M 4AY

17. Vinoteca

Why would you need more reasons to visit Vinoteca than the fact that they have 285 wines on their menu? This vibrant wine bar will transport you to continental Europe with glorious glasses of red, white or pink served with rustic food cooked with love. There are regular wine and food tasting events and you can hire their private dining room for the ultimate party.

Address: 7 St Johns Street, Smithfield, EC1M 4AA

Phone: 0207 253 8786

18. Caravan

Serving small and large dishes designed to be shared, this relaxed and open restaurant is a great place to come with friends for a great lunch. Let your nostrils guide you to the roastery – they roast coffee beans in the basement, which they then turn into delicious coffee in the restaurant as well as sell in other cafes and stores throughout the UK.

Address: 11 – 13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD

Phone: 0207 833 8115

19. Banh Mi Bay

Fresh, spicy and full of flavour, Banh Mi Bay serves wonderful Vietnamese cuisine in a bright and relaxed surrounds. It is cheap and cheerful and will definitely leave you with a smile on your face. You can even have their tasty dishes delivered to your office for lunch.

Address: 4-6 Theobalds Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8PN

Phone: 0207 404 4016

20. Moro

Based in the foodie-centric Exmouth markets, Moro is a stylish British/Mediterranean/North African/Iberian restaurant delivering contemporary dishes with amazing flavour combinations. Featuring ingredients such as pomegranate, artichokes, labneh and fennel, it will transport you to far off countries in an instant. Remember to always leave room for dessert – their yoghurt cake is incredible.

Address: 34-36 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE

Phone: 0207 833 8336


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