Last week, I was given the opportunity to sample St Bart’s Brewery‘s new soul food menu. Located opposite Smithfield market near Farringdon, this centrally located bar and restaurant launch a new barbecue menu this month. Part of the Hush Heath Estate group, St Bart’s new menu offers sustainably sourced British meat and celebrates the art of smoking and cooking with wood, by using apple wood from the estate in Kent – a wonderful vineyard with a apple orchard on site.
“We’re not trying to reinvent the industry or even to be the very best in London. The industry is already altering people’s perceptions of quality meats and barbecued food – St Bart’s is coming along for the ride. What we are doing is offering real food, cooked well and served in a relaxed environment.”
The new menu boasts small plates, sandwiches, salads, meat and sides and is very reasonably priced considering the quality of ingredients and it’s fantastic location. Taking influences from South West America, many of the meat dishes are cooked on low temperatures, slowly, creating a deliciously succulent piece of meat that melts in the mouth and falls off the fork easily. This is barbecuing at a new level!
Highlights for me included the Scotch Egg to start (pork mince wrapped around a duck egg, coated in bread crumbs), and the Beef Short Rib – I’ve not tasted meat like it before. Amazing!
We also tucked into the Smoked Brisket and Flat Iron Steak whilst sampling a variety of sides including Mac n Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and Smithfield ‘Slaw’. All meat dishes, sandwiches and salads are priced at a very reasonably £10. Sides are all £3.50 and starters £5.
It’s a great place to go with friends after work or with family at the weekend. Although dishes are designed per person, they are easy to share and the amount of meat you get for your money is quite overwhelming, so sharing is a great idea. Some may love the huge cuts of meat, but I personally found them a little overwhelming.
There is also the Pit Master Tray and the Butchers Tray that are designed to be shared and give you a taste of a bit of everything if you’re finding deciding too hard.
St Bart’s Brewery: 4/5
- Mouthwatering meats
- All the sides anyone could ask for!
- Incredibly good value
- The portion sizes were just a little too big for me!