SquareMeal Review of
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Bar
Shorn of ghastly glitter balls and celebrity-owner hubris, the art-deco basement that formerly stabled Marco Pierre White and jockey Frankie Dettori’s Bar & Grill is now a much better bet for sharp shakes and juicy steaks. Prop up the zinc bar or bag a banquette for a taste of Hawksmoor’s consistently competent cocktails: on hot days, Grapefruit Picador is a tangy Tequila cooler, while equally refreshing Sinking Spritz marries Aperol, vermouth, Picon orange liqueur, elderflower and Sauvignon Blanc; on less balmy evenings seek out the creamy, clarified butter-infused bourbon Old Fashioned (‘not for the faint-hearted’, says the blurb). Otherwise, get the party started with disco drinks, Champagne or London craft beers. Cool, casual staff are not the clenched Knightsbridge norm, while solid fuel comes from oysters, steak tartare and some of London’s best burgers.