Hawksmoor Guildhall

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This version of the mini-chain of excellent steakhouses tempts a City crowd with its top-quality meat, perfectly mixed cocktails and gut-busting breakfasts.

Hawksmoor’s easy-going charm appeals to the more relaxed type of City diner (shirtsleeves, no ties), happy to be served by an efficient but casually dressed young crew. The short main menu centres on steak (ribeye, T-bone, porterhouse, fillet, sirloin and more), at serious prices, plus the likes of grilled chicken, lobster with garlic butter, monkfish grilled over charcoal, and a meat-free choice for the odd misplaced vegetarian. If you’re not on expenses, pay heed to the 'express menu', where the delectably charred ribeye comes in a 250g size (more than enough for most people’s appetites, especially when paired with the triple-cooked chips). Roughly textured potted smoked mackerel (served in a little pot, with dill-heavy cucumber alongside) made a nice contrast as a starter – although an equally good kick-off is one of Hawksmoor’s renowned cocktails. Puddings range from ice-creams (a scoop of peach sorbet was tip-top) to calorific delights such as gooey peanut butter shortbread, served with salted caramel ice-cream. The wine list allows room for City excesses, but also has a decent choice by the glass. The basement premises at this branch are better suited to the winter months, when the sea of brown – leather, extensive wood panelling – is comforting rather than stifling.

 

Venue name: Hawksmoor Guildhall
Contact:
Address: 10-12 Basinghall Street
London
EC2V 5BQ
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-10am, lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: St Paul's tube, Bank tube/DLR or Moorgate tube/rail
Price: Main courses £20-£65. Set dinner (5-5.30pm, 10-10.30pm) £24 2 courses, £27 3 courses. Meal for two with wine and service: around £130

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Amanda
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Great steak Was so full couldn't have dessert Had the rump and was very tasty Good wine too

Simon
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I was lucky enough to dine here twice in three days, once for dinner with family and once for a work lunch. For the evening meal we started with cocktails and prosecco, and Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew has gone right in there as one of my favourites – really refreshing and great flavour. And the steaks! I’ve eaten in a few steak houses around London and these are possibly my favourites, the only real competition so far would be Goodmans. For the evening meal two of us shared one of their bone in prime ribs (at 950 grams) which was cooked perfectly – moist in the middle with a lovely char on the outside. The surf n’ turf (fillet and half a lobster) also went down very well, shared by my wife and her sister. Sides were great (love the triple cooked chips) but the béarnaise sauce was possibly a little thick – the fork stood up in it! Very tasty, but too rich. Lunch was a couple of days later, and to be honest I still felt full from the previous meal! But the rib-eye at 400 grams was perfect, the beef dripping fry’s actually better than the triple cooked chips of the previous night and the bone marrow gravy much more suited to the meal than the heavier béarnaise. What can I say, I enjoy a steak and both times I've been here in quick succession they've been flawless. I know some people have mentioned the service, but both times I had absolutely no problems with it. Having said that it was slightly unnerving having the chap on reception start singing my name at me...

Samx
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Food fabulous, service great, decor superb, can't praise it enough. Hawksmoor do the best steaks in london...fact. Looking forward to trying Air Street soon too!!

Sophie
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Wow - they've done it again! The steak, the sides, the cocktails...oh my - they totally lived up to my drool-laden experiences of their Seven Dials branch. The service also maintained Hawksmoor's friendly, attentive, down to earth style. We were sat next to a particularly offensive group of rowdy suits (which I guess is what you have to expect in a City restaurant), though the staff dealt with them impressively. Hats off to the the manager, who had a discreet word to get them to tone it down, and then offered us cocktails to compensate (even though we hadn't even complained). That's class.

marcus
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i went there the other day, an di must say that the service was shockingly bad, even rude. i went there with my brother, and being in our early 20s and not dressed in an uninspired suit, we were perhaps not the usual cliental. now, i really dont think that calls for an incredibly patronising and rude service. first, we were not allowed to share a portion; "they don't do that" apparently. we also chose not to order any drink except tap water, something that awarded us a smug comment alluding to our age and clothing. after that, we had to wait a considerably longer time for our food than anyone else. i guess that a young audience is not the kind of crowd hawksmoor wants or even pays the slightest respect to. the food was good, but then again, given a good butcher, it is really nothing that you couldn't do at home. in fact, i make much better chips myself. its a steakhouse, its not really rocket science, something that makes the smugness and rude service even more bizarre. a humble honest down to earth product should be matched with a similar attitude to service and costumers one might think. finally, someone should really have look at the acoustics in this restaurant. if you have any kind of real hearing problem, i'm guessing that any dining experience at hawksmoor guildhall will be a wordless dinner.

Foody
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Whilst the quality of the better cuts of steak are undeniably excellent and the cocktails superb I have always been let down by Hawksmoor whenever I have visited. For example, when I last visited a month ago for a friends party the triple cooked chips were terrible and the prawn cocktail starter was soggy. Nothing something I expect for the price! If you want an excellent steak it's hard to go wrong but fine dining this isn't and the price definitely could be better spent on far superior restaurants.