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Butchers Hook & Cleaver

#2,693 of 18,671 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$, British,
60-63 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DY, England
+44 20 7600 9181
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“pies” (28 reviews)
“fish and chips” (10 reviews)
“mash” (7 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
60-63 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DY, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent staff and service. Really nice pub. Food delicious much better than expected. Would recommend the pies and try pie liquer instead of gravy.

Thank Jacqueline O
Mark G, Manager at Butchers Hook & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Jacqueline, Thank you for the lovely comments and feedback it is appreciated. Don't forget the dribble of vinegar with the pie liquor! BHC team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The interior is sharp, the servers on the ball and the beer is from Fullers, a good thing. My steak pie was small looking, but very high quality and overall with the mashed potatoes and veggies made for a decent sized lunch. Highly recommended if...More

Thank nagled
Reviewed June 7, 2018

I booked this place for lunch with colleagues, as I was looking forward to one of their "award winning pies". Most of us ordered starters (or a £5 "small plate" according to their menu). And boy were they small! I ordered "Crispy Squid" (or calamari...More

Thank flyingclipper
Mark G, Manager at Butchers Hook & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. It is unfortunate there were a couple of issues on your visit for which we apologise for. The oversight of missing the quail eggs while making that pie was an error and once realised was...More

Reviewed May 10, 2018

My wife and I had just completed a Transatlantic Cruise and had disembarked in Southampton earlier in the day. We had a guide to drive us around and show us the sites (very quickly). He suggested we try lunch here (we had asked for a...More

Thank RMurray847
Mark G, Manager at Butchers Hook & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback Glad to hear you enjoyed the food and experience and if you are in London again please do pop by! Many thanks, BHC team

Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Our office is in Farringdon and we often go over to what we call the 'pie pub' on a Friday lunchtime. It's a very roomy pub and the staff are great. Being a true Londoner I'll always have pie, mash and liquor...not quite like I...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed April 20, 2018

Excellent pub well staffed and good food. Get;s very busy mid week onwards at night and naturally Friday lunch time. Staff do their utmost to keep the waiting down to a minimum. Even better they serve at the tables which for a business lunch is...More

Thank 1959robin820
Mark G, Manager at Butchers Hook & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

Hi Robin, Thanks for taking the time to review us. It is nice to hear the positive comments regarding the staff and service, and we will look at how to rotate our menu more often through the specials! Hopefully see you soon. Team BHC

Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

Been in here a few times now and it's a nice pub with a downstairs and upstairs. Gets a bit busy in here from 17:00 onwards

Thank charlieturner83
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

The pub is decorated with plenty of interesting meat related items and artwork. They serve a good range of food and have specials too. I had the braised lamb pie, which was quite excellent. My husband enjoyed his special chicken burger and chips too. As...More

1  Thank LondonHelenb
Mark G, Manager at Butchers Hook & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Hi Helen, Thanks for the kind feedback and review, we hope to see you again soon! Mark

Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

One of your staff members Just stole a very personal item of mine and after a great night in your pub I asked for my item back I was greeted with not only extreme rudeness but also a group of staff members who were extremely...More

Thank lildwyer
Mark G, Manager at Butchers Hook & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Hello, Firstly thank you for taking the time to review and I am very pleased to hear you had a great night in our pub, it is what we strive to achieve. Regarding the slightly wild accusation of a staff member stealing an umbrella from...More

Reviewed January 16, 2018

Tried to engage with the bar staff and there was no banter or interaction. Tried to ask advice on drinks and they didn't have the energy to sell me anything!

Thank laurarunsfree
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $19
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60-63 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighborhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7600 9181
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Located right next door to the famous Smithfield Market in London, The Butcher’s Hook and Cleaver is a beautiful, lively pub serving up delicious innovative pies and a wide range of stunning beers. For function hire look no further than The Butcher's Hook & Cleaver.
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