Cuisine: Modern European
Swank levels: 4/5This has to be King’s Cross’s best kept secret, and a very good one at that.
Smithy’s is in the centre of London but has an intimate feel of a local about it. Only those lucky enough to be in the know wine and dine here and it’s obvious they appreciate the place.
As a family run business, Smithy’s has great character about it, but this also stems from the rich history of the place.
Many of the original features have been kept and they add to the authenticity of the restaurant including a cobbled floor.
With the addition of fairy lights and tables at different levels and intimate corners, Smithy’s has a warm and convivial atmosphere.
Would I want Seconds?
The menu here changes here almost daily and it is designed according to availability of local produce and seasonal variations. As a result there is always something new to try and so always a reason to come back for seconds.But in addition to the food there is also a large variety of carefully selected wines and ale on offer. In this way Smithy’s caters for a variety of needs from a quick drink or a three-course meal.
Could I afford Seconds?
The cheapest time to eat here is at Lunch. Smithy’s offer a ‘Quick Lunch’ option between 12pm-3pm were the main course cost £8.50. The menu is varied so there will be something for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. But come the dinner slot and the prices rise. A main course will cost an average of £16 -£20 which is expensive for the type of food on offer.
As a result Smithy’s is an affordable and lovely place for a nice atmospheric lunch, and an ideal unique and buzzing bar for evening drinks.
In the evenings Smithy’s becomes more a bar than a restaurant, which is shame because it has the potential to be a very distinctive and successful venue for evening dinning. However I would still recommend a visit, even if it is just for a drink to soak up the atmosphere.