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The charismatic dive bar at Hawksmoor Spitalfields – all burnished art-deco bronze, glazed Victorian tiles and coppery Steampunk styling – is a handsome spin on a Prohibition-era 'blind tiger' (illegal drinking den). Echoing drinks from days gone by, Hawksmoor's cocktails definitely cut the mustard: kick off with an 'anti-fogmatic' Bitter State (a rum and apricot Negroni), before easing into the evening with a 'bridging drink' – a blend of Irish whiskey, Aperol, pear liqueur, lemon and cacao is one light and fruity favourite. Finally, graduate to a round of 'cards and cigars' ideas – we can confirm that the butter-infused Bourbon Old Fashioned always comes up trumps. One fan rates the "spot-on" Margarita slushies with Hawksmoor's "lip-smacking" and magnificently meaty burgers, although the food offering also extends to lobster rolls, short-rib nuggets or Canadian poutine (a curious mix of fries, gravy and curd cheese).
I woke up with a slightly tender head yesterday and a massive craving for a hotdog! Weird I know, but this was one of those hangovers that needed feeding and I wasn’t going to argue. I went online and looked at a few menus but settled on the Hawksmoor bar menu at Spitalfields. It’s my favourite steak restaurant and I just adore that particular branch, so knew it would be a good choice.Food: The bar menu is completely different to the restaurant menu but it’s a cracker with lots of dishes I would try, but I already knew what I wanted. The chilli cheese dog (£10.00) I asked for mine without the chilli which...
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Much beloved by meat-loving Londoners, it’s no secret that Hawksmoor’s micro-chain of London steakhouses serves up some of the best beef in the capital. The staff are knowledgeable, the sides are generously proportioned, and the slabs of cow, which are available in vast, sharing sizes for the communally-minded and/or extremely gluttonous, are mouth-wateringly melty.
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