salt beef on rye, fish balls and drink from Tongue & Brisket

salt beef on rye, fish balls and drink from Tongue & Brisket

"The home of real salt beef" is what you'll find emblazoned on the Tongue & Brisket homepage, and at the front of their two London sites. And with accolades from people in the industry who know a thing or two about this traditional Jewish staple, it's a claim that holds true.

A family-run business now in its third generation, founder Bambos Georgiou started life in the salt beef trade in the 1950s. He was the man behind the opening of Brass Rail - the salt beef bar found in Selfridges (still there today) - along with B&K Salt Beef Bar in Hatch End. 

Fast forward a few decades and two further sites, both under the name Tongue & Brisket, now exist in Holborn, and very recently, Soho. 

Sandwiches generously filled with your choice of meat are all £5.20 or less. Along with their signature salt beef, think options that include ox tongue, roast beef, roast turkey, chicken schnitzel, smoked salmon, and chopped liver. You can select your bread, and pimp these up with extras such as more meat, sauerkraut, stuffing, cheese, and so on.

salt beef on rye from Tongue & Brisket

salt beef on rye from Tongue & Brisket

Sides include homemade chips (£1.50), fish balls (£2.40), latka (£1.50), pickled cucumber (80p), so it's easy to get a fully loaded sandwich, along with an accompanyment, for well under £8. 

But the Soho branch does a deal for £7.50 that includes a sandwich, a side and a drink for £7.50, which lasts all day. In the Farringdon branch, this is £8.50 and includes a fresh juice rather than a soft drink.

Whichever combo you choose, it needs a visit. There's seating at both sites and note, they're open until late in Soho over the weekend.

Words and photography | Leyla Kazim

John from Tongue & Brisket

John from Tongue & Brisket




Soho | 199 Wardour Street W1F 8JP
Farringdon | 22 Leather Lane EC1N 7SU

Opening hours
Soho | Mon - Thur 10am - 9pm, Fri - Sat 10am - 12am, Sun 10am - 6pm
Farringdon | Mon - Fri 7.30am - 11am & 12pm - 4.30pm

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Soho | +44 (0)203 784 2273
Farringdon | +44 (0)207 404 5353

Last updated | 24th Aug 2016