Craft & Cleaver

4.4
632 Reviews
£26 to £40
Barbecue
Craft & Cleaver is an Industrial, Brooklyn-Inspired Barbecue Joint & Bar – bringing authentic wood-fired Barbecue, expertly-sourced Craft Beer & awesome Cocktails to St. Albans.

A great venue for date night, a working lunch or celebration - we've got you covered with booths, restaurant & garden seating.

Proudly independent, open 7 days a week!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 632 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Peter
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to return after lockdown, outside space was great, food was delicious and a new menu to boot. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

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Kelseyw
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always and the set up was perfect. Really quick and efficient service!

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bobski
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat in a covered table with a fabulous heater - the sun was setting so it was as if we were in Spain! Great service and enthusiasm for our daughters 18th -THANKYOU. The amazing Burnt Ends weren't as good as before lockdown though - not sure why.

NC
NatalieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch outside, warm and sheltered. Friendly staff.

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FaniL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in town. Unfortunately, the signature burger "The Beast" was not on the menu, but the chef replacing briskets with pulled pork gave us what we want!
Every time our experience is unique!
We can't wait for another booking!

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Joanna
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We were looking forward to going to The Craft and Cleaver on Sunday, but were hugely disappointed. We were seated straight away which was great but after about 10 minutes had to ask someone if we could order drinks, then we ordered food and it arrived before our drinks came, so we asked someone else if they were on their way. The food was really fatty and greasy, didn't enjoy it at all. I left most of my burger and told the waitress the onion rings weren't nice, hence we'd left them. We were then told they needed the table back as our plates were being cleared, so it was a 1.5hr slot, which we hadn't realised. So it wasn't quite the relaxed lunch we were hoping for. The only thing we didn't have to chase for was the bill!

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Tove
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks. Really enjoyed the vibe of the garden given the outdoor-only dining due to covid. Was really comfortable and the service was great.

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ShellyB
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for tasty bbq food and incredible cocktails particularly Le Boeuf burger and the pineapple mai tais!!
Welcoming atmosphere and the staff are great fun. Highly recommend for a group gathering but equally as fun as a couple.
Looking forward to our next visit in a couple of weeks.

SC
SarahC
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this pub pre pandemic, but they have made such an amazing effort to make customers feel safe and welcome.
Loved being back, great food and drink and the best customer service.
Thanks guys xx

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TaraV
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Craft & Cleaver has, in all my visits, never failed to deliver on excellent food served with smiles and a fabulous selection of cocktails as well as draft beverages.. amazing!

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EllenW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fab as always, food was top notch and excellent service! The only downside was the uncomfortable seats.

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EmmaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have C&C back! One of the best restaurants in St Albans. Great new menu too.

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Megan
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience and cocktails were great!

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ZC2012
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to go back after reopening. The food was delicious as usual - took a little longer for drinks and food to come out but the serving staff were fab and friendly and it was just nice to have a change of scenery.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating and drinking here, such a great place and staff always so friendly! The only thing I’d say is it would be good to have more veggie options (mains!) and perhaps a fish main. It’s meat heavy which you expect but their menu pre lockdown had a great choice, less now for non meat eaters.

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FEDS
Liverpool
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu since lockdown has changed and is great. A really good selection. The new veggie burger was great.

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Richierich
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall good experience, big portions, but quite expensive. Chicken wings have gone down hill, and beers on draught are from less specialist craft brewers, very main stream - needs more guest brewers.

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Cat6789
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, super expensive tho! Would come back for a special occasion maybe, but not in general

JB
JamesB
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, really nice garden, good service.mmmmm

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Tallest
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers was honestly one of the best I have ever had! Like everything was amazing !! The waitress we had was phenomenal everything was just perfect.

One thing tho can you PLEASE OPEN IN LONDON!!

NC
NicoleC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outdoor heaters and lovely staff! Get the Mac n cheese croquettes!!

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ClaireC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drink and great service thank you

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Scottie
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, really cute. secluded garden with shelter and heaters when needed! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good to be back at this brilliant BBQ restaurant and craft beer bar. Service was great and welcoming and food and beer were spot on.

LB
LizziBish
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff. Delicious vegetable fritter burger. Lovely outside area.

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KellyW
London
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a meal here for my son's 18th and the staff were fantastic - very attentive and helpful, especially our waiter, Anna, who's first day it was.

The food was superb and large portions which we couldn't finish. I also have to mention the Watermelon Margarita which was sublime. Going back soon!

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RossR
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always superb food and great beer! Beer garden is looking great after Covid update and patio heaters kept us nice and toasty!

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LizP
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really lovely place for a lunch in what is a difficult time (December 2020 COVID measures). Friendly staff. Food good value / large portions. The main negative was a lack of vegetables / lighter options. Works if you like large pieces of meat.

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simonac
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our visit there and we will def go back soon!
Food was really delicious and tasty!
Staff really nice and attentive although I suggest they should be a bit less pressuring...they came at least 3 times whilst we were drinking an aperitif to ask if we wanted to order food ! We just wanted to enjoy a drink first that's all. They knew we were going to.order soon but it felt a bit too much to be asked so many times!
But overall it was great and we ll def recommend the place!!

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ShirazA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot!! Friendly helpful staff!
Held our table when we were late, moved us to bigger space. Helped us with the menu, quick service!!!

Definitely coming back!

Thanks!!

EJ
ElJay
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff friendly and very helpful. food was very tasty. Always enjoy it. Very happy to return when lockdown lifts.

KR
KateR
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely outside area nice atmosphere.
Good food good service and friendly staff

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EmmaN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such and fantastic lunch, lovely staff, stunning food, it was really special and amazingly good value. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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VictoriaP
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ok, nothing special, rushed out at the end so no time for dessert despite wait staff taking a while to take our order

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CaityG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and i came to craft and cleaver on Monday evening (14th December) and we shared a few starters and a side - it was all so delicious, I really can’t fault their food at all! We had a few cocktails which were really lovely (one waiter recommended a pineapple one which was so nice). To top it all off we had the most delicious white chocolate and orange creme brûlée! Honestly I love coming here - already making more reservations to come here again :)

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SamEden
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always really enjoy our food at Craft and Cleaver. Also it’s an easy walk home right next door. Excellent food, warm and friendly staff. Great for date night!

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ChrisB
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and great service. A little pricey but always expected in or around London

LB
LizziBish
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Delicious cocktails. Lovely outdoor area.

DC
DavidC
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff! Definite improvement on a previous visit.

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Marilyn
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely outside space. Not cheap but good for a treat! Staff friendly and attentive.

FAQs

Craft & Cleaver offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01727 568300.

Craft & Cleaver is rated 4.4 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.