This city branch of the much-loved steakhouse Hawksmoor can be found on Basinghall Street in what’s rumoured to be the world’s first steakhouse, which dates back to the early 18th century. Fast forward to the current day where it certifiably serves up high-quality British steaks to a well-heeled clientele amidst suitably glamorous interiors.
Hawksmoor Guildhall is one of the group’s largest operations, boasting a ginormous dining hall and large private dining room decked out in true Hawksmoor attire – think burgundy leather seating and banquets, wood-paneled walls and parquet flooring.
Luxurious surroundings are matched by a just-as-decadent menu. Starters include things like bone marrow and onions on toast, half a lobster with garlic butter and fillet carpaccio with pickled mushrooms and parmesan, before moving onto a main course that’s just as meaty. Naturally, steak is part of the equation and you can choose from large cuts (chateaubriand, T-bone, Porterhouse) or smaller cuts (fillet, sirloin, rump). From there, it’s all about a mix-and-match selection of sides and sauces. Opt for peppercorn, bearnaise or anchovy hollandaise, before pairing alongside onion rings, macaroni cheese, creamed spinach and mash and gravy. Puddings are just as outrageous with a sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream, and one called The Ambassaor, a chocolate-bar shaped treat with caramel and hazelnuts.
To drink, you might want to mosy on over to the bar for one of its signature cocktails. Look out for the Reformed Pornstar (Absolute Elyx, passionfruit, jasmine tea and Champagne) and an Apple Martini (vodka, green apple acid, lillet blanc and apple and pear Eaux De Vies).
On Sundays, guests can order its spectacular roast which includes a serving of slow-roast rump with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshires, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and bone marrow and onion gravy.