The Best Places to Eat around Hatton Garden
Nestled between Farringdon, Chancery Lane and Clerkenwell, you can take your pick of restaurants whilst visiting Hatton Garden. We know what choosing a diamond, engagement ring or wedding band is like - hungry work! All within a 10 minute walk of Queensmith Master Jewellers, here are some of our favourite joints to frequent.
Tongue & Brisket
A top no-frills sandwich bar, great for those on the go after taking time out of your day for an engagement ring consultation with a busy afternoon at the office ahead. You can expect to pay around £5 for a quick and filling lunch. Founded by the youngest of a long lineage of aficionados, Tongue & Brisket has a precedence it works hard to live up to. Bambos Georgiou was approached by Selfridges in the 1950s to open a salt beef bar in the world renowned Food Hall, and three generations on Tongue & Brisket came to life within the same family. Aside from salt beef, sandwich choices include ox tongue, chicken schnitzel, roast beef and, for the braver amongst us, chopped liver. If a hefty, stuffed and tender sandwich is what you’re after, look no further. Trust Time Out London, who with their 4 star rating boasted ‘all of the food is top class’.
From the founders of Hawksmoor, Foxlow is the ‘neighbourhood restaurant we’d all love to have around the corner’ - dealing in seasonal produce, the odd indulgence and healthy everyday alternatives with an ethos championing sustainability. A great place to cosy up with friends or on an intimate date night - Foxlow has a real sense of nostalgia with a warm interior, mid-century furniture and classically Anglo-European menu.
This is one to choose if you’re really wanting to impress. A ‘modern British dining room’ favoured by the notoriously hard to please food critic Grace Dent . A fan of the ‘simple decor, non-fancy mood and fancy food’, the critic claims to have fallen in love with the restaurant within 15 minutes to sitting down. The ethos of the relatively young restaurant is to deliver simple, refined dishes to knock your socks off - ‘the elegance of fine dining with none of the pretension.’ Dishes are creatively and meticulously presented with clean, crisp design - the kind of food you have to restrain from digging into for just long enough to get your phone out and snap. The daily changing menu is delivered either as a Full Tasting Menu for £42, Drink Pairing £30 or Premium Wine Pairing at £47. Sounds to us like the perfect place to celebrate as a couple after picking out your wedding bands or engagement ring - but make sure you’ve got nothing on the following day if you choose the drink pairing menu -beverages are delivered thick and fast!
The Grill On The Market
For the meaty-minded, try The Grill on the Market. Note - this is not the place for vegetarians or those after a light snack. Walking into the restaurant, you’ll be met by a dimly lit bar and meat fridge filled with the copious amounts of steak cuts ready to be grilled. Steak doesn’t come cheap with premium cuts ranging from £35 to £50 - £100 for a Chateaubriand sharing cut, but make the most of the regular cocktail Happy Hours: everyday 5pm-7pm, all night Wednesday and all day Saturday. If you fancy steak without the price tag, try the Blackhouse Steak Sandwich; a crusty loaf hollowed and filled with steak, mushroom, cheese and gravy. ‘Solid, honest and simple proper food’, visit The Grill on the Market for an easy going vibe, pumping music and no-nonsense dishes.
Grill My Cheese
Originally a bric-a-brac market, Leather Lane Market has made the swift transition into the 21st century and now boasts some of the best and most mouthwatering food stalls. The ever changing lineup of stalls caters for all, and you can count on some of the more permanent stalls to tickle your fancy. Grill My Cheese specialises in overflowing cheese-filled toasted sourdough, with various fillings to keep anyone happy - Baby Got Mac for mac and cheese lovers, Slumdog Grillionaire for an Indian twist or Jay Cheese & Bean-once for cheese, beans and sausages. We’re particularly fond of PB & J - American cheese, peanut butter, red chilli jam and crispy bacon… yes please.
Granger & Co
On a gloomy day, Granger & Co is the perfect place to inject your day with a little sunshine. The Australian-influenced restaurant delivers ‘sunny, easy-going and generous’ vibes to Clerkenwell, after the original restaurant opened in Sydney in 1993. With branches in Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Honolulu and London, there is undoubtedly a global feeling to Granger & Co, where you can pick from curries, BBQ, schnitzel, healthy grain bowls, pizzettas and more. Grainger & Co is the perfect eating destination for fussy groups that can’t decide on a singular cuisine.
This izakaya-style, Japanese restaurant explores the natural landscapes around us in each of their dishes, using the finest of British ingredients. Emulating the sophisticated, stylish and atmospheric night-life of Tokyo, the downstairs cocktail bar is popular for dates and romantic drinks for two. If you’re feeling peckish between noon and 4pm, try the afternoon tea for a choice of temaki, cake selections and an interesting spread of tea to explore, including kukicha with cherry blossom and genmaicha with matcha.
The Bleeding Heart
The Bleeding Heart offers a trio of options to cater for every occasion, the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, French Bistro and The Tavern. All three establishments are situated in the historic, cobbled Bleeding Heart Yard, named so after the murder of Lady Elizabeth Hatton took place here with gruesome details in 1626 (perhaps not an ideal tale when having food on the mind). The modern-day restaurants do, however, have a far more positive reputation, with the Restaurant voted London's most romantic restaurant by The Times. The Bistro is a cosy setting, walls adorned in 19th Century French wine posters and sculptures, and with over 450 wines, a 60 seat terrace and impeccable service, is an old favourite for nearby workers. The Tavern has more of a relaxed, gastropub vibe with good spirits aplenty (both people and booze), and offers all the pub usuals alongside Suffolk lamb burgers, Suckling Pig spit roast, and freshly baked baguettes. Also check out the ethereal Crypt for private events.