Like nearly everyone else, we come to this original Smokehouse (there’s another in Chiswick) to eat some of the best fire-cooked meat in London. You’re not going to need starters, but you’ll order them anyway, so have the tacos (we've had them with pork and lamb) and prawn toast. After that, get whatever form of beef, pork, or lamb is on the menu. Lamb shoulder is their speciality. And the Sunday roasts are among the best in N1. Formerly a pub, Smokehouse has a beer selection that in itself makes a visit spiritually rewarding. Some people come just for a quiet pint. But it’s at its best as place to come with a gang for way too much beer - and way too much meat to wash it down.
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