Hawksmoor

Price guide: Expensive

11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JH

Price guide: Expensive

Steak and lobster

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#6 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
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Service:
4.8
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Location:
4.5
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Value for money:
4
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Hawksmoor

New York meets North Yorkshire in this sophisticated British steakhouse and cocktail bar.

I love this place, set in a dim-lit Covent Garden basement. The dark wood paneling, art deco-style lamps and enthusiastic use of reclaimed materials give it the feel of a joint that’s been jumping for generations but it’s brand-spanking new and as hot as the prestige Josper grill on which the meat in cooked.

Food and drink: 

Esteemed North Yorkshire farmer-butcher The Ginger Pig supplies the steaks (there’s a choice of seven cuts), which come from the Longhorn breed of cattle. Starters emphasise seafood, but there’s also pork ribs, lamb chops and vegetable dishes such as salt-baked beetroot with goats’ cheese. The chips cooked in beef dripping are probably London’s best, and sides of buttered veg are impressively crunchy and fresh-tasting (unlike most American steakhouses). Hawksmoor’s wine list is lengthy and naturally majors on reds that go well with steak (we had an inexpensive cabernet franc from the Loire) but it’s the extraordinarily intelligent cocktail list that most rewards exploration – try one of the antifogmatics.

Ambience: 

Think Wuthering Heights versus Wall Street. Reclaimed woodwork (chemistry lab tables, a parquet floor from Christie’s) adds warmth to the open brickwork, white tiling and exposed pipes. The bar feels a little more conspirational than the huge 142-cover restaurant.

Service: 

Knowledgeable, with a good balance of professional and informal.

Location: 

A former brewery and fruit warehouse at the corner of two narrow Covent Garden streets, seemingly both discrete and discreet, but really very central and handy for the tube.

Price advice: 

Ouch – if you go à la carte and can’t resist the lobster and fillet steak. Think about sharing large cuts such as chateaubriand, which is £12 per 100g. But also check out the lunch and pre-theatre set menu, which offers a 250g ribeye steak with one side dish plus a seasonal starter or dessert for £20 (three courses is just £22.50). Or eat in the bar, where you can have those fabulous chips for £4, or a £15 burger. Wines start at £17 a bottle.

Other useful branches: 

The original, much smaller, bar and restaurant in Shoreditch is a short walk from Spitalfields market.

More information on Hawksmoor:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
British, Steak
Address:
11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JH
Telephone:
020 7856 2154
Website:
http://www.thehawksmoor.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur noon-3pm, 5-10.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 5-11pm; Sun noon-4.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Hawksmoor? Would you recommended it?