Hawksmoor Borough 22

16 Winchester Walk , London, SE1 9AQ

SquareMeal Review of Hawksmoor Borough

The Dickensian lanes around foodie mecca Borough Market make an apt setting for the sixth London Hawksmoor, the chain which offers a contemporary take on the traditional British steakhouse. The leather-chaired, 160-cover dining room is on the first floor of a converted Victorian warehouse, all brick walls and big windows. Hawksmoor’s delicious-sounding menu classics are all here, while trying to choose is even tougher thanks to the Borough Market specials menu (ox-cheek cottage pie, for example). Starters from the main menu include a pair of hefty Old Spot belly ribs, deliriously sticky, or Yorkshire puddings that act as edible bowls for potted beef dolloped into a pool of gravy. Perfectly cooked steaks are the main event, each charred and crusted without and ruby-red within. Fabulously good sides such as sticky gobbets of roasted marrow or soft chunks of maple bacon almost steal the show, the latter being so sweet that it shows up with doughnuts on the pudding menu. Staff could do with more training on the finer points of a Euro-focused wine list (with decent choice under £30), and we were sorry that on a busy Saturday night nearly all of the bar area was given over to diners. Nevertheless, this is another accomplished outfit from a fantastic group, proving British cooking is at its best when it’s done simply, with top-notch ingredients.

Special offers

3 courses and a glass of champagne: £35

From a set menu, includes a glass of Champagne or a cocktail.

From: 03 January 2018

To: 28 February 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

London Bridge Tube Station 389m

Cannon Street Station 464m

Address

Address: 16 Winchester Walk , London SE1 9AQ

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm 5-10.30pm Sat-Sun 12N-10.30pm (Sun -9pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Borough Market 57m

Vinopolis 69m

Details

Telephone: 020 7234 9940

Website:

Cuisine: British Steak

Lunch: £25/28 for 2/3 courses

9.0

Food & Drink: 9.5

Service: 8.5

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.5

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Emma O. bronze reviewer 04 January 2018

I went to Hawksmoor Borough on New Years Eve. I have to say everything was impeccable. The staff were a delight, especially our waitress who's name I wish I knew but she was very tall and blonde. The food was exceptional, I had the ribs which were the most delicious combo of salty and sweet and it was steak all round for main. You would be silly to order anything else! My personal favourite side was definitely the parsnips, they were insanely good and very well caramelised. On another note - my mum said the ceaser salad was the best she has ever had! If I didnt already mention it - what service! The waitress overheard that it was my fathers birthday - without us even mentioning a thing the most delicious ginger cocktails arrived to our table free of charge! Now that is what I call amazingly trained staff. All in all a great experience and definitely worth the money.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 19 July 2017

The wonderful thing about Hawksmoor is its consistency – you know you are going to get a damned fine piece of steak. Borough is the fourth of the eight-branch chain I have visited (after Air Street, Gulidhall and Seven Dials) and the standards set on previous visits were more than adequately maintained here. The Borough outlet was exceptionally accommodating, serving a group of sixteen of us over a recent lunch; and despite our multiple requests/ needs, everyone left happy. For those unfamiliar with the idea behind Hawksmoor, think quintessential British with a modern twist: wood panelling but natural light in the venue; a lot of meat, but also some pretty funky cocktails and an extensive wine list. The summer set menu of 2 courses for £25 or 3 for £28, (£30, if you want a cocktail thrown in), constitutes amazing value, and even eating the default house options suggested here provides a great insight into what makes Hawksmoor so good. The undoubted highlight for me from the set menu was the main course (chosen from a list of three) comprising 300g of 35-day old rump steak, a lump of meat that was about as tender and flavoursome as it might be possible to imagine. Combined with a macaroni cheese side – yes, it does work – and this is a form of culinary heaven (the impact to the waistline might, of course, be a different matter). We loved the wines too, which even at the lower-end of the list, delivered: a sparkling from Oregon, white from England and red from Austria. There were some small gripes: Hawksmoor missed a trick not suggesting some bread, olives or similar for the table when we arrived – an obvious up-sell given the size of the group and the time it took to order; and, vegetarians were poorly catered for (salad followed by salad on the set menu). These are easy fixes and should not diminish from what remains generally a great dining experience worth repeating.

Special offers

3 courses and a glass of champagne: £35

From: 03 January 2018

To: 28 February 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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