Bird of Smithfield, London

Nothing beats a nice drink at a rooftop bar on a sunny evening, and now summer is (kind of) here, a friend and I took advantage of the lovely sunshine and enjoyed a few drinks up on the roof of Bird of Smithfield overlooking the ornate Smithfield Market. I had read good things about the food and being beside the market, fresh and varied options are available on their doorstep. So, once the sun started to fade we made our way down to the Dining room a couple of floors down, where we managed to get a window seat overlooking the market and continue enjoying the view.

The menu is British, taking the best of the seasons ingredients and turning them into simple but flavoursome dishes. It was hard to make a choice in what to have as it all sounded so good, but for starters we settled on a Kentish Chicken Ballontine which was served with a personal favourite of ours – asparagus and a subtle parmesan and tarragon cream. Our other dish was Fresh Ricotta and Slow Roast Garlic Raviloi served with a Salsa Verde and Winchster Cheese, the smell of wild garlic coming from this dish was great!. Both were delicious and we even managed to share!

For main course, again a hard choice, though we both whittled it down to the same two, so that is what we had! A delicious dish of Middle White Belly of Pork served with a Apple Caramel Sauce (I had concerns this would be too sweet, but it was perfectly balanced), Potato Gratin and Kale. Our other main course was a beautifully cooked Surrey Farm Aged Fillet of Beef, Potato Fondant, Roast Shallot, Celeriac and a Red Wine Butter.

Of course there is always room for dessert especially when there was Bakewell and Custard Tarts on offer! The Bakewell Tart was a twist on the classic, using delicious in season Plums and served with a Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, The Classic English Custard Tart reminded me of having this for a treat as a child, it came served with sprinklings of nutmeg and beautifully poached Rhubarb.

Bird of Smithfield is worth a visit, a lovely place to have an drink, but also a bright airy dining room to enjoy a great meal using the best of seasonal ingredients.