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“Good Wine, Good Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Butchers Hook & Cleaver

Butchers Hook & Cleaver
60-63 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DY, England
+44 20 7600 9181
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Ranked #3,989 of 17,938 Restaurants in London
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: English, Pub
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Toronto
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Good Wine, Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

My husband and I went here for a late night dinner and drinks. It was bustling and very busy - and the food was fresh and tasty and the wine was great too.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Corby, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“very expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

cant fault the beer and the pub ,real ale is great but well over £4 per pint not good value better value around the corner in cloth fair

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“If you like a pie, this is the place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Always surprises me that a lot of the restaurants around Smithfield don't serve steaks. This one doesn't, but it does have a fine selection of pies to try out. I actually had calves livers in onion gravy which were very nice.

One course for 2 with a glass of wine and a pint of Guiness - £39

Good value

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rhode Island
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31 reviews 31 reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Excellent Pies Away from the Tourist Traps!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

I came here with my family for a late lunch on (American) Thanksgiving after reading good reviews about it on a local pub website. We walked from the Museum of London, which took about 7 minutes at a slow pace, and it's about a 5 minute walk or less to the Barbican tube station. The pub was fairly quiet at this particular time of day and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive, and the food was AMAZING! We had three different kinds of pies between us (there are about 12 on the menu in total) and all of them were delicious. Almost everything is priced under 10GBP, so very reasonable. As another reviewer stated we were the only tourists in the place, and the pub even has free WiFi which was a bonus! Will definitely be going back the next time I'm in London.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Poconos, PA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Traditional English meat pies and pub fare by Smithfield meat market. Enjoy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

Our friend, a London taxi driver, took us to this great pub on the square by the Smithfield market. Same square where William Wallace (Braveheart) was executed, because the market's butchers had the skills needed to draw and quarter him!

Our group was the only tourists in this packed pub. The waitress was quick. The food was outstanding: fresh and filling. The beer choices on tap were also great.

Well worth a detour, and the neighborhood has some sightseeing highlights as well!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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