Ob. disclaimer – we went to a Qype event and the soft opening of the new Hawksmoor in Covent Garden
Good luck on actually finding the place (psst: it’s pretty much opposite the famed Pineapple Dance Studios) – and once you do, you’ll find a very imposing set of double doors.
But get past those and there’s a friendly host who offers to take your coat. Not many places do that these days for free, so there’s a good start!
Down the steps, and as someone else mentioned, it’s a throwback to urbane 1950s New York, with a dark bar thronged with people supping cocktails and generally being fabulous. There’s not really any such thing as a bad cocktail, but the Hawksmoor Julip was tastily bitter, and the Concealed Weapon certainly was.
The bar snacks on offer are highly recommended – the lobster roll are oozing in gorgeousness and something slightly Oriental, while the lamb cutlets were very easy on the stomach.
Of course, all it did was whet the appetite, and we’ll have to come back one night for the steaks in the dining room, which looked opulent, spacious, gorgeous and well-lit.
Definitely somewhere you’d take Christina Hendricks on a date *swoon* and far more visually impressive than its predecessor.