The Dickensian lanes around foodie mecca Borough Market make an apt setting for Hawksmoor, the chain which offers a contemporary take on the traditional British steakhouse. A moment for some history about this particular London branch, which is housed inside a former hops warehouse that was then repurposed as a fruit warehouse and auction hall in 1932. Our favourite iteration by far has got to be this one, where some of the best steaks in London are served amidst art-deco interiors.
Hawksmoor Borough is a typically old-school affair and you’ll find the rich wooden surfaces, leather seating and cosy lighting that is present in all its restaurants. The well-stocked bar is almost as central to its offering as the steaks, where a host of expert mixologists craft a list of unique cocktails.
Diners can opt to dine from a variety of menus, from sharing and set options to an epic Sunday roast. For a classic Hawksmoor experience though, the a la carte menu is where you’ll find a host of high-quality steaks, sauces and sides, alongside a handful of seafood dishes. Make a dent in the menu via a couple of starters, such as Old Spot belly ribs with vinegar slaw, bone marrow with onions on toast and smoked mackerel salad. On to the steaks, which vary in cut and size depending on how hungry you are! Whether it’s a T-bone between two or a superb fillet, all can be ordered alongside sauces (think anchovy hollandaise and bone marrow gravy) and sides. In fact, Hawksmoor is well known for its long list of side dishes which includes things like macaroni cheese, creamed spinach and mash and gravy.
On Sundays, don’t miss Hawksmoor’s mighty roast offering which includes a serving of slow roast rump with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic and bone marrow and onion gravy.