Legendary steakhouse Hawksmoor has built an empire since the establishment of its flagship Spitalfields restaurant in 2006. Every location, be that in Guildhall, Manchester or New York City, has its own unique character but retains the key Hawksmoor features - art-deco interiors, moody charm, and of course, expertly-sourced sumptuous steaks.
Located just off St Andrew Square, Hawksmoor Edinburgh occupies the former National Bank of Scotland, a Grade A listed ‘building of national importance’. Inside is a treasure trove of reclaimed artefacts; the elegant bar features panelling from a Glasgow townhouse, a pass made from mahogany radiator covers from the British Museum, floors from a Blackpool ballroom and laboratory counters as tabletops.
Christmas here is a more refined affair. Don’t expect to hear Wham or Mariah Carey pumped through the speakers, and there are no punny festive cocktails to be found either. Instead, find tasteful decorations that act as nods to the festive season - beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, but certainly no dancing snowmen or flashing lights.
Hawksmoor Edinburgh hosts two separate private dining rooms ideal for corporate or private Christmas dos. The Tellers’ Room, which takes its name from the bank tellers who formerly operated from this room, is situated in the core of the building and can seat up to 46 diners, whereas the McLellan room, whose name pays homage to 20th century Scottish artist Sadie McLellan, seats 13 guests around its grand dining tables. Group sharing menus are offered for those who book the private dining rooms.
Food-wise, all the Hawksmoor classics are still available. Grass-fed native-breed beef is the star of the show, with large cuts priced per 100g and an impressive range of sides. Hawksmoor Edinburgh is also renowned for its seafood, all sustainably sourced from the Scottish coast.