Hawksmoor has announced it will open its Manchester restaurant on 16th July – the second branch to open in the UK following London’s Borough.
The Deansgate restaurant will be open initially for dinner during the week, lunch and dinner on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.
“The last few months have been intensely busy working out how to survive this crisis, support our staff and organisations doing incredible work feeding frontline workers and people in need in the communities we work in, and thinking about how to reopen all of our restaurants,” says co-founder Will Beckett.
“We could have perhaps done it quicker, but our very clear preference is to focus on doing it as well as possible, including giving Manchester a full week of our attention and the benefit of what we’ve learned in the first week of re-opening at Borough.
“Our plan is to work extremely hard behind the scenes to make everything as safe for our staff and customers as possible, so that when you come and sit in our restaurants everything will feel as normal as it can be.
“We are lucky to have restaurants where social distancing is relatively easy, to have been able to consult with government on the guidance over the last months, and to have the resources to ensure we go above and beyond to ensure we are Covid-secure.
“We believe that customers are likely to want Hawksmoor to do what it has always done and offer people a haven from the outside world, where you can be comfortable with the people you’re eating and drinking with. If we learn differently, we will adapt.”
With Hawksmoor at Home, the team have tried hard to put something together that will allow people to experience Hawksmoor in their homes if customers are nervous about going to restaurants, are still self-isolating at home or if they live too far from a Hawksmoor to make the trip as often as they might like.
The boxes are strictly limited to 500 boxes per week over the next six weeks. They are starting slowly, with one Hawksmoor at Home box available for delivery. If successful, the range will expand.
Priced at £120 and generously serving two, the bumper box includes a 35-day dry-aged Porterhouse steak and Maldon sea salt to season it as well as bone marrow and Madeira jus (for making the signature bone marrow gravy), Koffmann potatoes and Hawksmoor beef dripping to cook them in, and British tenderstem broccoli and Gentlemen’s Relish.
There are drinks, too: a bottle of Hawksmoor blend Pulenta Malbec, Hawksmoor’s Ultimate Dry Martini, plus Hawksmoor lager.
They’re also including a copy of the Hawksmoor Cookbook, so you can get all the tips you need to recreate the beefy restaurant experience at home.
And if you want to support the hospitality industry further, Hawksmoor is part of Today’s Special, which is bringing together chefs, restaurants, bars and hospitality figures for a huge online auction, live event and a live auction (including a special Hawksmoor prize) on Wednesday 1st July to raise desperately-needed funds for Action Against Hunger and Hospitality Action.
“Restaurants, pubs and bars don’t just feed people, they nourish their souls and bring people and communities together,” says Hawksmoor co-founder Huw Gott.
“Hopefully Today’s Special can help two charities that are extremely close to our hearts, Action Against Hunger and Hospitality Action, continue to support those most in need and support hospitality’s most vulnerable, whose struggles have become even more acute since the pandemic started.
“I also hope it will celebrate the role and impending reopening of our industry: the neighbourhood restaurants, the incredible independents, the high-street favourites and the multi-starred greats as they struggle to their feet to welcome people once more.
Hawksmoor Manchester bookings will go live on 6th July. The restaurant will have a reduced capacity and open for dinner only Monday to Friday (Mon & Tue 5.30-9pm, Wed & Thu 5.30-9.30pm, Fri 5.30-10pm), lunch and dinner on Saturdays (12-3pm and 5-10pm) and all day on Sundays (12-9pm). Hawksmoor at Home boxes are available from Monday 29th June. Today’s Special is at 8pm on 1st July, and tickets for the online event are available for a £5 donation at todays-special.co.uk.