Hawksmoor is a British steakhouse and cocktail bar chain. The original establishment is in Spitalfields, near to where the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built Christ Church. Subsequently, there are five other restaurants in London: in Seven Dials, Air Street nearby Piccadilly Circus, Knightsbridge, Guildhall district of the City and Borough, near Borough Market. Hawksmoor also have two restaurants outside of London, Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate, near Spinningfields and Hawksmoor Edinburgh opened in 2018, just off St Andrews Square. Hawksmoor New York will be opening in 2020.
The restaurant was founded by Will Beckett and Huw Gott in 2006. They had previously worked in bars and kitchens in London's East End and opened their new bar/restaurant on Commercial Street there. Their plan was to offer high-quality, well-butchered beef, so they tasted a range of beef from all over the world, until coming to the conclusion that the best tasting steak was from the UK.
In 2013, the founders sold a majority stake in the chain to the private equity group Graphite Capital — investors in other London businesses such as the Groucho Club and Wagamama. The valuation was £35 million but the founders planned to continue to work and invest in the business.
The company has been ranked three star Sunday Times Best Companies for eight consecutive years (in 2014 was the best restaurant company to work for), three star Sustainable Restaurant Association award as well as being involved in variety of charity projects (predominantly for Action Against Hunger, for which Hawksmoor has raised/donated over £1m).
Giles Coren, reviewing the Seven Dials branch in The Times, praised it as "great, great steak. Best you’ll find anywhere. ... cooked medium rare at Hawksmoor's suggestion and had deep black charry cooking flavours and sweet pink fruity juices. The fillet was uncommonly flavourful, the sirloin unusually tender. There was no texture-taste compromise to consider, it was all good. All, all good".
Tom Parker Bowles, while reviewing the opening for Knightsbridge in 2014, summarised Hawksmooor restaurants as "(...) one of the best restaurant groups in the country, one that manages to mix the bracingly modern (brilliant, no-nonsense cocktails, unusual cuts of steak, beards, tattoos and east London soul) with the reassuringly traditional (proper service, reservations, serious wine list)".
Branches and dishes
The Hawksmoor burger at Spitalfields with triple-cooked chips.
A Georgia Peach Julep.
Air Street near Piccadilly Circus.
Langley Street in Seven Dials.
Basinghall Street near the Guildhall.
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