Hawksmoor

Restaurants, Steakhouse Central Manchester
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One of London's best steakhouses sets up shop on Deansgate, cooking up some seriously tasty cow (and more)

With dark, panelled rooms and frosted windows, Hawksmoor Manchester is the first branch of the upscale steakhouse to make its mark outside of London. Yet like its southern brethren, it’s a place to blur day with night over ginger cocktails and the country’s finest meat.

House special is beef, sourced from the Ginger Pig farm in Yorkshire, with cuts sold per portion (bone-in sirloin, D-rump) or by weight. Slabs of chateaubriand, T-bone or porterhouse are listed on chalkboards around the room – yet other options are strong, too.

On a recent trip, veal rump with fried oysters vied with ceviche-style sea bass and baked scallops for our attention. Sides of mac’n’cheese, anchovy hollandaise and perfect spring greens were on a par with mains. Desserts didn’t drop the baton, either.

The ‘Ambassador’s Reception’ (Nutella stuff, chocolate, hazelnuts – basically, a giant Ferrero Rocher) and a peanut butter shortcake with salted caramel ice nestling in chocolate sauce stood out, the latter being a fun throwback for Millie’s Cookies fans. Drinks-wise, there's plenty for the boutique vineyard aficionado in the £30-£40 category.

Coming in higher in the food stakes than Grill on the Alley and a darn sight more contemporary than Gaucho, we found the price unexpectedly right. Our waitress tells us that she’s not sure that Manchester will ‘get it’; she is wearing her own clothes, after all, and the vibe is not glitzy. The real surprise, however, would be if Hawksmoor failed to fly.



By: Ruth Allan

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Venue name: Hawksmoor
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Address: 184-186 Deansgate
Manchester
M3 3WB
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nicknickn
Tastemaker

I like the Hawksmoor ethos. They eschew ostentation. They keep it simple. They do it well. 

Hawksmoor Manchester stick to this blueprint. There is wood panelling, wooden floors, good plain crockery and fantastic steaks.

The menu is relatively short but you can be sure that everything on there will be done exactly as it should be and prepared to a high standard. The potted beef with Yorkshire pudding was an excellent starter. The Caesar salad had romaine lettuce, anchovies, parmesan, croutons, and plain but perfect Caesar dressing. The fillet was high quality, and the rib-eye has just the right amount of fat to bring out the flavour of the meat. This is all as you would expect from the Hawksmoor brand.

The wine by the glass was excellent, the Malbec full and rich, and the Pinot Grigio rose was the nicest I have ever had. 

It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for here. The service was first rate too.

Jess H
tastemaker

You can't go wrong with steak, and you definitely can't go wrong with Hawksmoor. 


It always seems like a cop-out to say it, but this place can really suit every kind of meal; a romantic first date, anniversary celebration, big birthday bash, friendly catch up, or even something with family - I've heard they treat children and babies very well. What more could you ask for?


The staff seem to be really passionate and are always willing to give their personal recommendations for the different cuts of steak and sides. Of course the steak is the main event, but you can't leave without trying the mac & cheese. Trust me.

Harriet R
tastemaker

The staff were really great here. so attentive and welcoming. 

cocktail menu was really extensive and all tasted great. The food was really special and the staff really knew what they were serving. 

I felt that all my needs were being looked after and that the staff truly cared about making our experience perfect. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable with great lighting. We ate at lunch time in the week when it was pretty quiet but didn't feel awkward with the restaurant to ourselves. 

looking back I blame myself for choosing a fillet steak over a ribeye but the meat was great quality and the heritage tomato salad to start was a winner. Great upmarket, intimate venue in central Manchester.

GP
Staff Writertastemaker

Good to see this incredible small chain expand out of London.

The venue itself isn't quite as nice as the London venues, it feels slightly more cramped in the long thin dining room (but we visited on a quite weekday for a late lunch so don't want to judge atmosphere too much). Like all Hawksmoors the service is relaxed, chummy and attentive. You're treated really well, never rushed and they always remember your order when they come to the table, it sounds small but these things make you feel great about spending your money here. And thats all before you eat the food.

The steak here is without a doubt some of the best you can get your hands on, whether you are ordering the crazy reasonable express menu (under £30 for 3 courses) or a crazy-expesive cut to share with the table you can tell the quality is high. Sides are great too although you don't need many (I always over order) the potted beef and Yorkshires are amazing start to the meal too.

The best.