Hawksmoor Spitalfields

157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ
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Review Summary from 3 reviews

Address
157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ

Telephone
020 7426 4850

Region
Spitalfields

Nearest Station
Shoreditch High Street (0.18 miles)

Website
http://www.thehawksmoor.co.uk/spitalfields.php

Opening Summary

Lunch:
Monday - Saturday 12:00-14:30

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday 17:00-22:30

Sunday 12:00-21:00

Restaurant Facilities

Disabled Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Booking Advisable

This Spitalfields steakhouse has wooed much of London since opening in 2006; word-of-blog has only served to create an even bigger buzz around the restaurant and its food. A case of the emperor's new clothes? We think no.' Time Out

Spitalfields was our first restaurant, and the general view is that it is where the 'Hawksmoor spirit' is best embodied - many of the staff have worked there for years and would never consider elsewhere. Great steaks, great drinks and an amazing atmosphere, full of people who desperately care whether you enjoy your evening.

We are located just down the road from our namesake Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church Spitalfields and 10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street, Old Street and Aldgate stations.

It can accommodate 115 people for exclusive hire and the back section of the restaurant is ideal for groups of up to 55. The restaurant can be hired exclusively for a meat-fuelled party, corporate function and wedding receptions.

For information on private hire and events, please contact our events department on 020 7481 6358.

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All In London Review

Expat cocktails, absinthe…and steaks

Much has been written about the steaks at Hawksmoor, according to many a food critic they do “the best steak this side of the pond” however I’m here purely for the cocktails. Specifically, I’m here for a negroni, which I have quite unfathomably been craving all day.

Having walked past a handful of pubs which looked unlikely to satisfy my need, we swoop into Hawksmoor with its subtle American stylings. Diners get dark wooden tables and chairs whilst drinkers get to sit at the bar and watch the dextrous mixologists at work. Behind them is a brick wall lined with all manner of spirits, liquors and syrups.

Perusing the cocktail list I very nearly change my mind. A variety of Juleps, twists on Manhattans, sours and punches are described in detail along with their history. Sazerac and absinthe have a strong presence, as do ‘expat cocktails’, created by American bartenders who plied their trade overseas during the Prohibition.

A Tobacco Old Fashioned is a blend of bourbon, sugar and bitters infused with –you guessed it- tobacco, and was invented for bourbon distiller Colonel James Pepper in 1935. The Black Forest Sazerac makes my mouth water as I imagine swirling the cherry and chocolate infused rye and bourbon in my mouth.

I digress however. I stick to my guns and order what I have been salivating after all day, “good choice” the barman responds. I don’t regret it. A negroni is a strong, gin-based drink that is tempered with sweet vermouth. It acquires its deep red hue by adding Campari, and the finishing stroke is the aromatic orange peel. This bold balance of flavours is what makes it so satisfying, and my barman has got it just right.

As I savour each sip, my friend enjoys a very minty Harry Collins. Beefeater gin, Noilly Rouge vermouth, absinthe and a sprig of the aforementioned herb make up the elegant drink poured into a martini glass. Named after the Savoy’s head bartender, its sharpness surely separates the wheat from the chaff.

With steaks made from 35-day aged meat from providers The Ginger Pig, Neal’s Yard cheeses, and a trifle recipe inspired by Victorian cookery writer Mrs Beeton I’d be mad not to go back. I hear they even have specific wines to match each cut of steak – ideal for when I’ve had my fill of negronis.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on May 19, 2010


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Best places to munch a delicious Sunday roast

Clear your diary this Sunday and take in one of these badboys...

If you have ever eaten steak at one of Hawksmoor’s (Hawksmoor - Spitalfields, Hawksmoor – Guildhall or Hawksmoor – Seven Dials) restaurants the prospect of a roast should already have you salivating. When a place takes its beef this seriously all you need to do is book, turn up and enjoy one of the top roasts in London.

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Our favourite steak restaurants

Mmmm. Steak.

Hawksmoor are arguably the city’s finest steak specialists and with locations opening across London – The City, Shoreditch and Covent Garden – bookings are relatively straightforward. Choose your cut, pick the weight and delve into Hawksmoor’s exquisite sauces. Whether it’s a chateaubriand for two or a rib-eye for one, Hawksmoor’s premium steak and service will seduce you again and again.

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Next time an American brags to you about their steaks, point them in the direction of Hawksmoor. It's Britain's best steakhouse, the cuts are big, and they have everything - Chateaubriand, Tomahawk, T-bone, rump...you name it. Add creamy Jansson's Temptation, belly ribs or macaroni cheese for a meal to rival any transatlanic feast.

User Reviews

Reviewed by florence-anders
This is great, classic, British food - a proper meat and two veg kind of place. They can really handle their meat and you won't be disappointed with the portion sizes. Our menu included lobster to start and a rib of beef which was excellently cooked.

You definitely won't need a portion of chips on the way home!

Jun 23, 2014

Reviewed by T.A.O
As someone who doesn't eat steak a lot of the time I was really looking forward to a trip to try the famous meat at Hawksmoor - I wasn't disappointed. We shared a rib eye, cooked medium-rare (it could have been slightly bloodier) and it was one of the best steaks I've eaten.

The sides weren't so great. It's a full on big occasion but in a way only the steak can really live up to the prices here.

Nov 12, 2013

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