See past the comfy seats and lovingly crafted cocktails and Hawksmoor is essentially a barbecue joint.
Not the low’n’slow American style with its secret spice blends and herb rubs, but the very British battling-the-drizzle back garden variety.
With that in mind, this summer, the Hawksmoor team have put together a brand new Ultimate Barbecue Box to enjoy this month in the comfort of your own back garden – perfect timing since it’s National BBQ Week this week.
We tried one to find out what it’s like.
What’s in the Hawksmoor barbecue box?
The Ultimate Barbecue Box revolves around carefully dry-aged beef from British farmers.
For the first time, the mighty tomahawk, a cut of beef worshipped by steak fanatics for its flavour and cartoonish size, is available for home deliveries alongside fillet, sirloin, Old Spot belly ribs and burger patties.
In total, the box contains a huge 35 day dry-aged tomahawk, a 35 day dry-aged sirloin steak, a British grass-fed fillet, Old Spot belly ribs and a glass jar of pickled slaw to go with them, four burger patties, plus six cans of Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA.
What’s it like?
The kit is straightforward – and chef Matt Brown’s easy-to-follow video masterclasses are available for anyone needing extra help to bring off the perfect barbecue.
The tips are especially useful for the enormous tomahawk, which is a cut many people won’t have barbecued before and which takes the longest to cook.
The meat itself is simply superb, as you’d expect from Hawksmoor.
The fillet is buttery soft, and the sirloin is tender but also has a nice fat content that renders down during cooking.
The juicy tomahawk, an on-the bone rib steak, cut from the fore-rib with the entire rib bone left, is visually spectacular both before and after slicing, but also packed with flavour.
The Old Spot belly ribs and are just as good as in the restaurant, as are the huge burgers, which only contain British beef (99%), salt and pepper.
Essentially, this kit is all about the primeval pleasure of fire and flesh.
How much is it – and is it worth it?
Hawksmoor at Home Ultimate Barbecue Box serves four to six people – though could serve up to around eight, in our opinion, if you add a couple of sides and you’re happy to share burgers – and is priced at £125.
It’s great value for money, considering both the quantity and quality of the meat.
Deliveries are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to mainland UK until 31st July, with Saturday delivery carrying a £5 surcharge.
To order the Ultimate Barbecue Box, and view the video masterclass, go to shop.thehawksmoor.com.