Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing.
But this is never true when it comes to steak.
A fact triumphantly demonstrated by the arrival of the sixth London branch of steakhouse mammoth Hawksmoor, now in South London for the first time. Specifically, you’ll find it in a former Victorian fruit warehouse opposite Borough Market, where, conveniently, most of its suppliers – like The Ginger Pig, Chegworth Valley and Neal’s Yard Dairy – are also planted.
Hawksmoor Borough is a sizeable affair, seating 140 over two floors trussed up in its now signature mix of polished, wood-panelled walls, parquet flooring and vintage furnishings. The ground floor is devoted to the main dining space; low-lit, elegant, and eminently convivial. Downstairs, meanwhile is the tiled Cooks’ Room (equipped with its own private kitchen), which simultaneously provides an excellent private dining room and notably allows smaller groups to experience the grand Beef Feasting Menu.
The menu upstairs, meanwhile, still touts their famous “dictionary-thick” steaks, 35 day hung and sourced from Yorkshire Longhorn cattle, but you’ll also find Old Spot belly rib; potted smoked mackerel; fillet carpaccio with pickled chestnut mushrooms; and spice-roasted cauliflower with IPA-soaked raisins. For dessert it’s malted chocolate mousse with bitter chocolate sorbet and malt crumbs; sticky toffee pudding; or summer stone-fruit crumble with toasted walnuts and Devon cream.
And then of course there’s their inimitable Sunday roast, not to mention the ‘anti-fogmatic’ cocktails and bridging drinks that first turned heads back in their Spitalfields Bar.
Unfortunately you can have too many of those.
NOTE: Hawksmoor Borough Market is open daily. As always, BYOB corkage is £25, or £5 on Mondays. You can find out more and book on their website right HERE.
Hawksmoor Borough Market | 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ
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