Elizabeth Allen’s Top 5 Barbecue Restaurants In London

Elizabeth Allen, former head chef at Smokehouse and chef behind the soon-to-open Shibui (early 2018), shares her Top 5 barbecue restaurants in London.

Smokestak brisket

Smokestak. Elizabeth says, ‘incredibly juicy brisket and a sticky toffee pudding to die for, I’m so glad David Carter got a permanent home for Smokestak.’
Smokestak, 35 Sclater Street, E1 6LB


Temper Soho. Elizabeth says, ‘having worked for Rankin at Smokehouse N1, I knew this would be one hell of a restaurant to go to for smoked meat, barbecue vegetables and admiring the barbecue pit of dreams. Sit by the bar counter and watch the grill chefs work their magic.’

Temper Soho, 25 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DF

Kitchen at Kiln

Smoking Goat/Kiln. Elizabeth says, ‘to me barbecue restaurants aren’t all about smoked meats and American-style barbecue but Asian barbecue too. These two restaurants capture the essence of Asia perfectly with constantly changing menu exciting dishes such as barbecue Chiang Mai Pork belly.’

Smoking Goat, 7 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LZ

Kiln, 58 Brewer Street, W1F 9TL

Blacklock meat

Blacklock. Elizabeth says, ‘I’m a regular at Blacklock, when I’m feeling peckish for a couple of ‘skinny’ chops or when I’m gluttoning out for the ‘all in’. Simple barbecue meat cuts and awesome side dishes keep coming back. The all-in Sunday roasts are truly outstanding when I’m being greedy and can’t decide what to have.’

Blacklock, 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG

Barbecue at Pitt Cue in London.

Pitt Cue. Elizabeth says, ‘slightly more expensive barbecue menu here but you can get some rarer meats like their own herd of Mangalitza pig and their off-menu specials that keep you wanting to try more.’

Pitt Cue, 1 The Avenue, Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YP