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Owners Huw Gott and Will Beckett play knowingly to the City crowd at this branch of their beefy Hawksmoor chain. Dark panelling, acres of parquet and a distinct lack of embellishment conjure up an old-fashioned chophouse vibe, though service is satisfyingly modern – ensuring “no fuss or disappointments”. “Fantastic” breakfasts are done with a level of commitment that makes booking advisable for sharing platters of bacon chop, sausages, black pudding and trimmings or cornflake milkshakes with an optional slug of bourbon. At lunch and dinner, flawless British steaks (“always cooked to perfection”) are further enhanced by the likes of anchovy hollandaise, buttered sprout tops or beef-dripping chips. On either side, there might be roast scallops with white port and garlic, plus desserts such as a chocolate and honeycomb ‘Crunchy Bar’. Dive into the cocktail list and you’ll know all about Hawksmoor’s good, strong spirits, while a short bar menu caters to time-pressed carnivores.


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Hawksmoor Guildhall

10 Basinghall Street ,London EC2V 5BQ

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Client Lunch

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Feb 2016

I would like to say it was a fantastic and very pleasant lunch. This was a client affair so it is always nice to know you can go somewhere and enjoy the meal and atmosphere with no fuss or disappointment. Thoroughly enjoyed by all and we will return to one of your restaurants in the future.

Philippa C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Hawksmoor Guildhall

10 Basinghall Street ,London EC2V 5BQ

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Good Steaks

by   silver reviewer (18)

Oct 2014

I've been a few times now and can't really fault it. The service is friendly and efficient. The waiting staff seemed to tag in and out which meant that we were served by multiple staff and individuals did not appear to have been allocated specific tables or sections. This worked well enough for us because it meant that someone was always available. Others might find that a bit impersonal however. We bypassed the starters and went straight to the steaks which were perfectly medium...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Hawksmoor Guildhall

10 Basinghall Street ,London EC2V 5BQ

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May 2014

My wife and I ate here last night. The atmosphere is rather loud partly because of the large size of the restaurant and the fact that noise tends to bounce of the walls and wood floors. Nonetheless we were able to converse without shouting at each other. The wait person was new (first night!) and, not unexpectedly, had some difficulty answering questions about the menu but was helped out by other wait staff, so no real complaints there. Overall, the service was excellent, the wait staff were attentive...

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Ian R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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Maybe it's because it's near Christmas...

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Dec 2013

My team at work had planned a leisurely lunch for 16/12. We decided to share between us a porterhouse, T-bone and a sirloin steak, with various side dishes. The waiter was helpful and service was generally good. The steaks had been cut into strips to help us select pieces according to appetite. They were generally dry & chewy, as though they had been kept under the warming lamp for a while. The wine was good, as were the side orders (especially the spinach), so I wasn't completely disappointed....

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Plaudits deserved

by   platinum reviewer (203)

Oct 2013

Editor's pick It is relatively rare for restaurant groups to be able to expand successfully, particularly without risking dilution either to their brand or concept. In the case of Hawksmoor, full credit to the team. I had enjoyed visiting their Seven Dials restaurant earlier in the year, and a recent lunch at the Guildhall location showed every evidence of consistent delivery. The formula is not complex, but few seem to execute it capably: namely, good quality but uncomplicated food in a nice location served by...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Hopefully a one off

by   (3)

Oct 2013

have been here many times, usually very good. Sadly last night had the most dreadful, chewy chateaubriand ever. Complained to the waitress, she said she would tell the chef (why?) but heard nothing more. Shame because it's not cheap, and I expected much better.

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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