I’ve been wanting to try the Hawksmoor bar for ages and seeing as mine and my brother’s birthdays are close together it seemed the perfect opportunity to try it out. Jason had got delayed as he works in South London but the rest of us showed up around 6pm, and just managed to snag the last 3 top table thinking we could add another chair and it would be fine. Unfortunately, the rather officious lady on the front desk told us in no uncertain terms that this was not allowed and that all the booths were reserved. We were about to trail off into the night, birthday plans in tatters, when the shining light that is bar manager Liam Cotter intervened. On hearing it was our birthdays, he told us that we could sit in one of the booths until their rightful occupants arrived and when that happened he would squeeze us in somewhere else so we didn’t have to rush through our food and drink.
Thanks to lovely Liam saving the day, we were able to relax and ordered pulled pork sandwiches (£7.50), this had a good balance of sharp slaw and sweet meat, although it was served lukewarm.
I also got the Fillet o’ Fish sandwich (£8.50), which was a bit on the small side and the jalepeno mayonnaise lacked the expected punch. However, the triple cooked chips (£4) were things of golden, crunchy gorgeousness as were the ox cheek nuggets (£7). Deep frying makes everything better!
The smallness of my sandwich turned out to be a good thing as it meant that I had room for the sticky toffee pudding and it is definitely worth saving space for. Somehow managing to taste light and wicked simultaneously, it’s one of the best sticky toffee puds I’ve ever had.
The apple crumble had a lovely cinnamon note and was huge – and came with lashings of vanilla custard! Also, the raspberry pannacotta was gorgeous – the sharpness of the raspberries perfectly off-set the silky creaminess.
We washed it all down with seriously strong and delicious marmalade cocktails(£9), a cocktail Paddington Bear would be proud of!
For me, this was a perfect example of how great service can totally make a restaurant memorable. Thank you Liam for a great birthday. But if he’s not around to save your night either show up early or make sure you have a party of 6, reserve one of the cosy booths and prepare to have a good time.
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