Harden's survey result
“Now established as one of Manchester’s best restaurants”, the northern outpost of this epic modern steakhouse group has recreated much of the special aura it has established ‘darn sarf’ with its formula of “first class” British steaks, well-crafted cocktails, and “slick service”, all provided in an impressively converted Victorian space. “It’s not a cheap day out… but blimey it’s worth it!” according to (nearly all) reporters. Top Tip: “despite the meat focus, the seafood here is a hidden gem – it’s stellar, as is the wine list”.
“Classy like a Rolls Royce… and just as reassuringly expensive” – the “Hawksmoor formula has transferred solidly from London to Manchester” where it occupies “an impressive Victorian building” and has become “a well-established part of the Manchester scene”, inspiring more reports than anywhere else in the city this year. “The steaks are succulent and perfectly cooked”, “the chips are the best in the NW!”, “service is brilliant”, in fact it’s just “a-ma-zing” – OK, some would argue “overpriced”, but for most folks “oh, so worth it”.
No-one doubts the quality of this cult, London steakhouse chain: “amid all the bling of aspirational dining and the dirty burgers of Manchester, Hawksmoor stands quietly and reassuringly expensively head and shoulders above the rest in terms of pure class – the meat is first-rate” and they serve “amazing cocktails”. The ratings of this operation “in an old court house, full of nooks and crannies” (a bit “cavernous” and “gloomy”), are coming under pressure though: “trying to be metropolitan in Manchester doesn’t always work” and “the elephant in the room is of course, the prices… they just make you wince”.
“Standards have been maintained in the move to Manchester”, and this outpost of the legendary London steakhouse chain “is a fine addition to the city's improving dining scene”. In fact enthusiasm here is just as it was in the early days of the brand’s original debut in the capital, with adulation for its “confident” menu, “fabulous” steaks, and “engaging and knowledgeable” service.
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lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 5 pm - 10 pm, Fri & Sat 10.30 pm, all day Sun noon - 9.30 pm
Last orders: Mon - Thurs 10 pm, Fri & Sat 10.30 pm, Sun 9.30 pm