SquareMeal Review of
Hawksmoor Guildhall Bar
Made to look satisfyingly old-school like the adjacent steakhouse restaurant, Hawksmoor Guildhall’s bar features ample wood and leather upholstery, which fits well with the airy, basement premises. Such sophistication continues on the drinks list, where £8.50 secures a Sherry Crusta (Manzanilla, Shipwreck and lemon juice) or a Blinker (with raspberries replacing grenadine syrup in an updated take on the rye whiskey and grapefruit 1930s Familiar). Equally on the money is Cork Street Buck (a Jameson Select Reserve Irish whiskey and Manzanilla sherry Mule). Super-premium ‘top shelf tipples’ provide yet more seductive swank… at a price; you’ll pay £18 for the distinctly modern-sounding Fo’ Shizzle Ma Nizzle Swizzle (Beefeater Crown Jewel, grapefruit juice, bitters and sherbet). Bar snacks range from traditional with a twist (potted beef and bacon with Yorkshires) to voguish lobster mac & cheese – for £20 a pop, mind.