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Hawksmoor Restaurant To Open In Manchester

The rise and rise of city food continues with arrival of celebrated London operator

Published on July 10th 2014.


Hawksmoor Restaurant To Open In Manchester
 

BIG NEWS for the Manchester food and drink scene with major London operator Hawksmoor moving up by 2015.

Gordo says, “I agree with Giles Coren’s verdict on Hawksmoor; ‘flawless’. The best steak you’ll find anywhere. All you need to do is taste the Stilton hollandaise to realise Will Beckett and Huw Gott are the most obsessed foodies in the UK. I can’t wait for their Manchester place to open.”

We always said that if we were going to go anywhere else it would have to be somewhere where we really enjoyed spending time, and we love Manchester.

All that follows is the official press release with some of the giddiness removed.  

Hawksmoor is opening a restaurant in Manchester next year, having signed a lease in the Courthouse building near Spinningfields.

Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s British Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar will open in 2015.

Huw Gott and Will Beckett

Huw Gott and Will Beckett

Over the last few years Hawksmoor has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s best restaurants with its simple mix of dictionary-thick steaks cooked over real charcoal, a wine list drawn from interesting small vineyards as well as big-name winemakers, and award-winning cocktails all served by people who care about what they do.

Hawksmoor sources all its meat from The Ginger Pig in Yorkshire, where Tim Wilson rears traditional breed British cattle. His grass-fed beef is widely acknowledged to be the best in the country. 

Oysters and fish

Oysters and fish

Will and Huw have known each other since they were 11, and the two friends opened their first bar in 2003. Hawksmoor Manchester will be their first restaurant outside London. Hawksmoor, the only restaurant company in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For this year, is starting its recruitment soon with a plan to take a few people down to London to get to know the restaurants for a few months.  

The Courthouse on Deansgate

The Courthouse on Deansgate

Will: “We’ve been coming up to Manchester for a few years now, and in that time have really enjoyed the bars and restaurants up here. 

“We always said that if we were going to go anywhere else it would have to be somewhere where we really enjoyed spending time, and we love Manchester. There’s a really friendly, relaxed atmosphere in the city, and I hope that Manchester in turn will like what we do – really high standards of food, drink and service, but in a relaxed environment with none of the stuffiness that sometimes comes with fine dining.”  

Yes, they do drinks tooYes, they do drinks too

Hawksmoor Manchester will be opening in the Courthouse, 184-186 Deansgate, which was originally built in the late Victorian era by the Office of Woods and Forests.

Huw said “We love opening restaurants in heritage buildings, and the Courthouse is a beautiful late Victorian building. I hope we can do something there that does it justice. We always try to adapt what we do to the local area, and we’ll be aiming to do something Manchester can be proud of.”  

This is a sample menu from the London operation.

The Hawksmoor 'look'The Hawksmoor 'look'

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62 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

johnJuly 10th 2014.

Great news. I always thought they might end up with a big chunk of the new Corn Exchange but the Courthouse should suit their style equally well. Also, does this mean that Steve Pilling's Oyster Bar, the long-mooted tenant for this space is now no more?

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

No that is still going ahead

Georgina Hague shared this on Facebook on July 10th 2014.
AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Great news

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Great news but who's moving into the old Monsoon store on King Street?

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

The type of restaurant that Jonathan doesn't like.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

YAFI?

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

I was hoping the rumours were true. Superb restaurant: top quality steaks and oysters, plus a great wine list. That'll do for me. Manchester is really motoring on the food and drinks front.

Peter CoppingJuly 10th 2014.

More burgers. What do you think we are getting the posh version?

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AVOJuly 10th 2014.

Look at the pdf menu Anon has posted below. There isn't a burger on the menu you ignorant fool.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

You're wrong Avo. It's on their bar menu thehawksmoor.com/…/SD-BAR.pdf…

MikeJuly 10th 2014.

The menus vary from location to location, however, burgers definitely are NOT the main event at Hawksmoor.

EvoJuly 10th 2014.

Another nightmare for Avo!

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

It's a London vibe/themed restaurant sans them city types.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

London prices too? Oh dear, hope not. Spinningfields will soon become known as the 'Psuedo Riche' Quarter. thehawksmoor.com/…/AS-DINNER.pdf…

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Those prices are hardly outlandish. Good food costs money. If you don't want to pay it, go somewhere else.

TimbucJuly 10th 2014.

I'll pay London prices. One of the finest places I've ever eaten. Food, service, drinks, they get everything right. I know I'll sound like some PR flunky but I'm not. It's simply a fabulous place to eat. Could be spoiled by Manchester trendy wannabes but I'm sure we'll muddle through.

TimbucJuly 10th 2014.

Ooh, and I sent some glowing feedback after a meal there one time and Will Beckett took the trouble to reply to me himself.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

@Timbuc Oh dear! Who's this 'we' you speak of?

GordoJuly 10th 2014.

Believe me, the prices are high but you will not begrudge one penny spent. Extraordinary fish here as well as steaks

MikeJuly 10th 2014.

Didn't I just say that?

AVOJuly 10th 2014.

Even better value if you go on a Monday night where their corkage charge is just a fiver.

Mark BoardmanJuly 10th 2014.

this is awesome....although out of my price range to be honest. hopefully they will do something similar to what the did in london and open a pop up in a nice pub somewhere out of the city center so I can go around 6pm and not have to pay 30 quid to park too.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Bad move imho. Would like to see more independents in the city centre with locally sourced produce. As a local lad, born and bred, this corrosion of our local identity is upsetting to see. As Ian Brown said "meat is murder" and places like this are certainly killing are high street. Shitehawksmoor.

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Oh good, a veggie with a chip on their shoulder (and can't even get their cultural references right). In what way is a high-quality operator making their first foray outside of London a 'bad move'? What are we supposed to do, leave the units empty until an independent decide they want to open in there?

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Corrosion of local identity - hat exactly is Manchester's identity? Considering a London operator has decided that Manchester is a good spot for their next eatery shouldnt it be looked at as a compliment?

NickNameJuly 10th 2014.

I'm veggie but I don't have a problem with this. I've never heard of the place, partly because I avoid London at all costs so haven't come across it, but it sounds and look like real quality. I have no problem with anything opening in Manchester that's top notch. And it was Mr Morrissey who said and sang meat is murder, Ian Brown said Manchester has everything but a beach :)

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Manchester wasn't ready for L'Entrecote.

MikeJuly 10th 2014.

Corrosion? Erosion surely? Also their fish is excellent, it's not just meat

Olly BeatJuly 10th 2014.

Entrecôte was a one steak pony and Hawksmoor has an extremely extensive range of steaks and I expect it to be a huge success.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

@Olly Beat Hmmm...I'll just stare longingly at the food in the restaurant whilst standing outside on the pavement.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

L'Entrcote was a poorly conceived restaurant that Manchester saw through. It wasn't a case that Manchester wasn't ready for it. Manchester would never be ready for the metropolitan conceit as seen in the not missed L'Entrecote.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Fantastic news. Best steak around and will make other restaurants up their game too

Olly BeatJuly 10th 2014.

Can't wait. The best steak (or combination of cuts on one plate!) I've ever had. Fantastic atmosphere in seven dials, service and wine, not forgetting company too! Couldn't eat for a week I was so full! The steak bar had been well and truly raised in Manchester. Good luck and see you next year.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Absolutely brilliant news. I shared a Porterhouse at the Covent Garden Hawksmoor a few years ago with Christopher Biggins. It was divine.

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

...and I shared a cab once with Shaun Ryder. It was an experience.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

MORE BURGERS, BURGERS, BURGERS! thehawksmoor.com/…/SD-BAR.pdf… I do hope they regionalise some of their menu and all of their prices.

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

I hope they keep doing what they do well, and if I have to pay those prices for it then so be it.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

You're so carefree Anon.

MikeJuly 10th 2014.

There is a burger on a menu but this is certainly far more than a burger joint. Try a different bandwagon

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Setting up in the Spinningfields area is joining the bandwagon TBH.

NickNameJuly 10th 2014.

What's wrong with Spinningfields?

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Business wanting to set-up near to successful area of city. Shocker.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

@Nickname Oh dear! Did you just type that?

MaggieJuly 10th 2014.

GO AWAY!

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Business wanting to set-up near to successful area of city. Shocker.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Good news at last for the city - that miller & whatever on kings st is a terrible excuse for a steakhouse

Emma WarburtonJuly 10th 2014.

This is great news! I've been to two in London and their sister restaurant, Foxlow. All great but we should ask for a Foxlow too, their bacon ribs are to die for!

Damien HindleJuly 11th 2014.

On the Bar Menu (in the small print) you can Bring Your Own (booze). Tremendous idea, I don't mind paying top dollar for your food if its BYO! Right then, corkage fee...hmmm...have a guess... ...£25!!!

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Mark ClintonJuly 17th 2014.

Don't they do £5 corkage on a Monday I think?

FoodieJuly 13th 2014.

Overrated, my steack wasn't cooked properly and for this kind of prices you expect it right

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GordoJuly 14th 2014.

did you tell them and get it replaced?

FoodieJuly 14th 2014.

No I didnt, I decided I won't be back anymore

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GordoAugust 11th 2014.

'Foodie', meveryone makes mistakes, you should have complained straight away and you would have been a lot happier. Hawksmoor are generally the best of their kind in the UK

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

So because of one instance of a steak being overcooked, you think the whole place is overrated? And you didn't even give them chance to rectify the situation? Sounds like good logic.

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FoodieJuly 16th 2014.

Good logic is you are an arsehole

ParisAugust 11th 2014.

I went to Hawksmoor Air Street last Sunday and had THE worst roast ever. Only good thing about it was the wine. Cremated Yorkshire, tasteless and over chewy beef, and exorable (hardly) roasteds. Only hot component was the nuked gravy. I complained and they offered me another roast there, but as I live here (which I did point out) that's not much use. Staff were pleasant and it had a convivial atmosphere...but I work hard for my money and there are other, more dependable, places to spend it.

ParisAugust 11th 2014.

Oops soz- am getting old - have already moaned about this elsewhere. Mind you it really was bad!

CheshireFoodieNovember 6th 2014.

We plan an annual trip to London which always centres most importantly around a meal at Hawksmoor... I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal having been at various times and tried several things from the menu. The cocktails are fantastic, wine choice amazing & atmosphere second to none. I have been long awaiting an opening closer to home & cannot wait to book! I'm sure Will, Huw & the team will do their usual faultless job.

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