A Breakfast at Bird

In the olden days, if one wanted a hearty breakfast in London one would usually have to choose between hotels catering for those staying overnight (often quite expensive), transport type caffs serving early starting blue collar workers for the most part, or - for the most substantial breakfasts - head to the Smithfield Market area where a number of restaurants and pubs catered for hungry meat deliverers and porters coming off shift after a hard day’s night!  But now a substantial number of much more upmarket restaurants are climbing on the breakfast bandwagon – the staff are often there early … [Read more...]

A Bird revisit

One problem with being invited to review a restaurant is invariably such invitations come shortly after a new establishment opens and hasn’t had time to settle down.  Thus it’s always valuable to go back and take a second look after say a couple of years, to see what’s changed and to get an idea of its popularity, and that is exactly what we have done with Bird of Smithfield. Bird is former Ivy  executive chef Alan Bird’s eponymously named restaurant in Smithfield Street opposite that rather mundane section of the Smithfield market buildings which is reportedly to become the future home … [Read more...]