We were invited by Alice Henderson, PR & Marketing Manager for Hawksmoor, to Hawksmoor Guildhall to hear about their wedding packages and to sample the drinks, cocktails and food available to wedding parties.
First we tucked into a lovely selection of interesting canapés including caviar and cream cheese on toast, accompanied by champagne and cocktails including Espresso Martini, Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew and the Blinker (with gin and raspberries).
The only disadvantage of standing at what turned out to be the end of the waitress’ circular canapes route was that we only got to try a couple of the canapes selection. Waitresses, next time I would suggest alternating clockwise then anti-clockwise directions with canapes trays, as then everyone in the room will get to try equal amounts of canapes.
For starters, we had Hawksmoor Smoked Salmon and a Chicory & Pear salad. Both a nice start to the meal. Fantastic Colston Basset (similar to Stilton but creamier in texture and lighter flavour) in the Chicory & Pear Salad. A light, citrusy white wine accompanied our starters.
For mains, it was a sharing selection of Porterhouse, Prime Rib and Rump steaks accompanied by Triple Cooked Chips, French Fries, Macaroni Cheese, Creamed Spinach, Roasted Field Mushrooms and Buttered Green. Unfortunately, I think I was unlucky with the pieces of steak that I got: the Porterhouse was mostly fat and hardly any meat; and the Rump had quite a lot of sinew. Also, I personally found the chips too salty – if there are salt and pepper mills on the table, people can then adjust it to their own tastes. Though, on the plus side, the Prime Rib was good, sauces included a fab Bearnaise, and the Macaroni Cheese was amazing. A wonderful full-bodied red was perfectly selected to accompany the meat selection.
Desserts were the highlight of the meal, with desserts including a gorgeous sticky toffee pudding, and a lemon meringue pie (a perfect balance of sweet and citrus). These were accompanied by a beautiful Moscatel dessert wine which complemented the desserts.
Now onto the wedding packages information:
The restaurant can accommodate 160 people seated/ 300 standing
• Hawksmoor Guildhall has a late licence until 2am
• The venue can be hired for a minimum spend of £ 15,000
• There are three menus available to choose from: £ 55, £ 65 and £ 85 – coffee and drinks are at additional cost.
Would recommend Hawksmoor Guildhall if you want to hold your wedding party in a historic location, with the Guildhall courtyard just round the corner for some lovely wedding photographs.
Overall, an enjoyable evening with interesting food and pleasant, attentive service. Thank you Alice and the Hawskmoor Guildhall team.
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