Food Review // Smoke & Iron Restaurant

Smoke & Iron have been offering take out food from their industrial unit on Midland road since early 2021, owner and chef David decided, why not create somewhere for his customers to enjoy his food.

Based on Midland Road, on the outside it’s a rather grim looking industrial unit but don’t let first impressions put you off because once you open that door, you enter a warm, welcoming waiting area with pops of colour and stylish accents, it’s quite a shock.

The use of colour, wooden pallets, ambient lighting and scaffold boards gives the place trendy city vibes, you don’t feel like you’re on an industrial estate in Scunthorpe, that’s for sure.

In the reception area there is a buzzer to call the waiting staff upon arrival. We were then greeted by the friendly waitress and lead through to our table.

As soon as you walk in, it’s just such a lovely atmosphere, with pleasant background music and twinkling fairy lights shining through the pallet wood surrounds. Beautiful rope light fittings with exposed bulbs and we loved the wall art that has been cleverly created with the use of faux succulents in steel pots on the walls.

Honestly this transformation of a small space is mind blowing, it’s intimate, cosy and feels very private. Once inside you just can’t believe it’s the same place you initially pulled up to in the carpark.

The best way I can think to describe it would be:

Opening the wardrobe doors to Narnia

Once seated we were given double sided A3 menus and the soft drink selection. The restaurant is BYOB, so if you fancy a tipple, you can take your own bottles and no corkage fee either! But we stuck to the Fanta on this occasion. At first glance the menu is quite overwhelming, the choice is extensive and all the offerings are so tempting!

We decided we would go for the large sharing platter, at a very reasonable £29. This would easily feed 3 or 4 people, the portion size absolutely huge!

all items included in sharing platter

Alongside the meat, the platter came with crispy skin on fries, homemade battered onion rings, a big dish of crunchy and creamy homemade coleslaw and a basket of fresh side salad.

homemade coleslaw

The meat options we opted for were the Smoked Hickory BBQ Brisket Bites, which were probably our favourite, so flavourful and just melted in the mouth.
The Jerk Chicken certainly had a spicy kick, The Pulled Pork in Seasoned Gravy was thick and indulgent, crispy Salt & Pepper Chicken Strips, Moroccan Lamb Meatballs & Crispy Garlic Mushrooms.

The Moroccan Lamb Meatballs were so tender and succulent, seasoned well and accompanied by a sweet chili sauce. The pulled pork in gravy was perfect for dipping and scooping up onto your crispy fries. All the meat was cooked to perfection, a different taste sensation with every bite in each bowl.

Overall, the dine in experience was a big thumbs up from us, friendly and welcoming waitress and owner. The portion size was very generous. We didn’t manage to finish our whole platter so the waitress kindly boxed it up as a take out. It’s a laid back, relaxing and atmospheric dining experience.

We can’t wait to return and try the soft tacos and burritos.

If you fancy visiting Smoke & Iron it’s open Thursday to Sunday and you can book a table to dine between 16:45 and 19:30.

49 Midland Road DN16 1DQ Scunthorpe

Just to help you locate Smoke & Iron, drive down Midland Road towards the end and look out for the unit in the photo below.


Service & Dining Experience : ★★★★★
Value for money : ★★★★★
Quality & Portion size: ★★★★★

Published by Scunthorpe Nights

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