Craft & Cleaver

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£26 to £40
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Barbecue

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'Big, Brash, Messy & Tasty' - The Sunday Times Magazine
'A Mashup of tasty authentic 'Cue, Cocktails & Craft Beer' - Some guy on Twitter

We’re An Industrial, Brooklyn-Inspired Smokehouse & Bar – Specialising In Authentic Wood-Fired BBQ, Expertly Sourced Craft Beer & Awesome Cocktails. Great Flavours, Hand-Crafted With Carefully Sourced Ingredients By Passionate Staff.
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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and a surprising amount of it

M
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, from the service to the food. I highly recommend the beef brisket, it was to die for. The portions are perfect (I did not leave hungry). The childrens menu should please all, as all three of my children were extremely happy.

d
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ribs and beef brisket were best i have ever had. Truffle fries yummie too. Would not have wings again. Nothing special. Very good service.

SK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great from the moment we enter up until the time we left, the food was served cooked to perfection and great portions. Would recommend to anyone who asked.

KB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and staff very firstly. Kids (Aged 5 & &) eat there really well which is always the deciding factor.

TD
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and huge amount of authentic pit BBQ food - book now!

JW
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just ok really, overpriced menu for average food.........service ok, drink varied but food not great

SW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend got there early but they seated us straight away, ordered the large all meat platter two people which was superbly large and had plenty left over to take home. All meats where cooked beautifully the 50/50 fries perfect the homemade slaw was excellent. Could not fault this meal at all. The staff were polite and friendly our waitress natasha couldn't do enough for us. Will be back very soon and will recommend to friends.

IP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Craft & Cleaver twice and food & service was exceptional both times.

Thank you for the amazing service guys!

VS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service. Excellent selection of wines & beers too.

CD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of five adults, a baby and a puppy were looked after extremely well. Good range of food and staff very helpful.

N
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was amazing, lovely vibe.. cocktails lovely. Will definitely return

DG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food good, both taste and portion sizes. Service started off very well but when our server changed to about 3 different people (I presume it was our original servers break time) the service was terrible. Taking orders for drinks that they'd run out of, then didn't take it off the bill. It was tea, how can you run out of tea?! Then wrong drinks bought to the table, the server then thought maybe they'd said the wrong drink but we sent them away to check, it was the wrong drink so we sent it back. Desserts came out with a substantial delay between them so that the children had almost finished there's by the time we had received the adult ones, but only after chasing where they were. The children then had eyes on the adult desserts so were pestering us for a try. Coffee was delayed too to the point where the ones with tea (not the tea they had run out of but a different type) had finished it before the coffee had been started.

CM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, with great food. Manager looked after us really well. Thanks Billy! BBQ platter for two was more than enough, good selection of craft beer and ale.

H
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I went to the craft and cleaver in St Albans for a very special 40th birthday dinner for my partner we had a fun day out and just wanted to come and relax I was extremely upset we were so hungry we placed 2 orders of two main meals and enjoyed it thoroughly the food was lovely had problems with the drinks my wine was the wrong wine I ordered and my partner it was the wrong a beer that he ordered to we just were very unhappy that the drinks were unchanged when asked and also my partner's meal was £21 and when we got the bill it said £41 because he was charged for two meals so the waiter never made us aware at any point his meal had to be a minimum of 2 people and including my meal that was 17 or 18 pounds of bill came to a lot and when we queried it they wouldn't take the two Mills off and they're just really unhappy with the service I wouldn't recommend the restaurant again unfortunately I wouldn't go back there I have been there previously and not had any problems but I would like to make a complaint because this is just not good service thank you

YH
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food. We got a sharing plater that was a lot of food for two people. We asked for take away boxes and we had loads of food to then share with the family when we got home!

KG
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

service was poor. no waiter came for food order after providing drinks. no waiter came to provide bill after requesting it. The food was fairly greasy and whilst the marketing is great, the whole experience just didn't live up to the ambition.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was mediocre

HF
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff helpful . Lovely cocktails made to order .

AC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food was lovely, staff very friendly and it had a really good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I’ve had! Great service, the food come out very quick and was amazing! Would definitely go back and also definitely recommend to my friends and family.

TB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good beer, nice atmosphere. Wasn’t too busy as it is a bar as well. Staff were very friendly and attentive.

TJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve recommended it to everyone. So nice to go to a restaurant and the food looked exactly like the pictures I’ve been drooling over for the last 3 months! Once I snap myself out of me meat coma I’ll be back!!!!!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beer selection! Fantastic service as well.

LB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Large portions so make sure that you’re hungry! Really tasty food, friendly efficient service. We like the smaller area as it was a family gathering with lots of news to catch up on.

JV
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute superb service and food. Would definitely come again

JN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner with my friend here! Service was friendly and efficient, food was delicious. We both had vegan meals and were very impressed. Would definitely return.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came for a reunion meal after a long holiday. Service was great. Food was very good left wanting more but not being able to eat more! Was a quiet night so ambience was hard to gage. Definitely will be making a return.

ND
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended to try this restaurant. And I’m glad we did. If you like meat, this is a great place. Pleasantly surprised with the Vegan dishes too. The ‘burnt bits’......heavenly!

KJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal here for my mums birthday. The waitress we had was amazing. My 22month old loved her and she made dining with a little one a lot easier. She made sure her food came out quickly and got her crayons and paper to play with whilst we waited. Excellent service!

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, really attentive. Warm day and the sun was blinding through the window lovely member of staff made a makeshift blind from menus. Food was amazing.

G
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chicken Waffle burger was fantastic and service overall excellent

Will definitely be back

Q
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent, really hands on.
Food was amazing, although the chips were a bit hard, but overall really nice.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Staff were very attentive, food was great and there was a full vegan menu! Overall very good but was very noisy, not really a restaurant feel (but that is the vibe, so can’t really complain). All in all very good and we will definitely return. The vegan jackfruit burger was spot on. Was great to go to an American bbq restaurant that caters for vegans

JS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food & service! One of my favourite restaurants in St Albans.

One downside is the lights inside, when you sit down facing the wall there are horrible bright lifts shining down on your face, feels like an interrogation light, not great. Advice to the restaurant get lower Watt bulbs!

RP
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and brilliant service, would definitely recommend for a good meal and great atmosphere!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for meat lovers! Most meat not cooked in oils of any sort making it perfect for carnivores

PH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been referred by a friend whom likes Craft and Cleaver . My party loved the meats and as a vegetarian I enjoyed my choice . The cocktails were lovely and will definitely be back again for a visit .

GA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing evening...

Would definitely recommend!