We were talking about celebrating more just the other day, and here’s a very good
excuse reason to celebrate something rather brilliant. The unfailingly excellent steak palace that is Hawksmoor is celebrating ten years in business – cheers to that! Cheers is exactly right, as – alongside a celebratory History of Hawksmoor menu with ALL THE FOOD – there’s also a special new cocktail selection. And it’s very, very good.
Behind an unremarkable door next to the restaurant, Hawksmoor’s Spitalfields Bar is an absolute gem – and a favourite of many a cocktail aficionado. Why? The stylish basement bar has won too many awards to bother naming, the mixologists really know their stuff, and it’s a sophisticated spot from the drinks menu to the deco. The bar’s new cocktail menu divides into The Gin Years (celebrating the past ten years) and a shiny new list to honour the start of a new decade of adventures. Some of it is a bit bonkers, some of it is a little silly, but we can attest that it’s all delicious.
There’s creativity on the drinks menu galore – with Hawksmoor’s bartenders not only dreaming up incredible cocktails, but also making their own bitters, shrubs and syrups. The Old Fashioned Date Night mixes that craziness and creativity; it’s popcorn-washed Ron Zacapa, Coke & date reduction, chocolate and tickets. It’s a strong, sweet and very moreish concoction that needs to be tried to be believed. And we love the Good Tiki Drink which is pure holiday in a glass – with rum, spices, smoked passionfruit and toasted coconut.
Traditionalists won’t be disappointed though – we’d recommend the Pastis St Germain (St Germain Elderflower, lemon myrtle tea, tea pot bitters and a dash of Pastis) which is a deliciously elegant, refined cocktail – and one of the most popular on the menu. And then there’s ten years of gin cocktails to try too… 2006’s original Champagne Charlie always goes down a treat – it’s a potent mix of champers, gin and the current seasonal syrup. Guaranteed, you’ll want more than one.
Soak up the booze with a bar snack or two – although ‘snack’ doesn’t really do Hawksmoor’s legendary shortrib nuggets or gooey macaroni cheese justice honestly. There’s also lobster rolls, hotdogs and – of course – burgers, which are as exquisite as you’d expect. Happy Birthday Hawksmoor – here’s to another decade!
For more information, see Hawksmoor Spitalfield’s website.