Eleven years after it first opened and changed the way Londoners enjoyed premium steak, the original Hawksmoor restaurant will close on 1 January. But, they have assured their legions of followers, just for a month. “The time has come to lavish a whole load of love,” the operators said. The site is expected to re-open in early February, following a full refurbishment.
Co-owner Will Beckett said:
"Back in 2006 we stumbled upon a failed Turkish kebab joint and thought that it might just make the perfect spot for a restaurant celebrating amazing British beef and finely crafted cocktails. The only problem was that we didn’t have any money. We managed to cobble together enough for the rent deposit, but not much else.
“So all we could do was repaint the walls (from white to white) and raid eBay for the bare essentials. What we now know as Hawksmoor Spitalfields was born. Over the years we’ve tweaked and added to it, but the time has come to lavish it with love – to make sure that it looks the part for the next eleven years and more. We’re really excited.
“As the first, it holds a special place in our hearts and we can’t wait to unveil its new look.”
Since 2006, Hawksmoor have been one of London’s biggest and well publicised success stories. The company now operates six sites in London and one in Manchester, and has plans for opening in the World Trade Centre in New York City, though that site appears to be behind on its scheduled opening for this year.
More information about the new look and details of new dishes will be announced in early 2018.