Words: Shamim de Brún
Hawksmoor, the renowned UK-based steakhouse chain, is set to open its first restaurant in Ireland on May 25. Bookings may open as early as this week.
The restaurant, which is located in the historic National Bank building, will feature an elegant back-to-back bar and private dining space and can accommodate up to 152 guests.
For those who have joined the mailing list, subscribers will receive invitations to book tables during the soft launch period from May 17 through 24. With fifty per cent off the food bill as the restaurant perfects its offering. If you want to joing the list click here to sign up.
Started in 2006 by two childhood friends, Will Beckett and Huw Gott. Hawksmoor quickly gained popularity in the UK and New York. Both for its sustainably sourced seafood and traditionally-reared cattle steaks, as well as its progressive cocktail program. The restaurant chain has since ranked as the number one “World’s Best Steak Restaurants”. It is considered one of the most admired companies in the industry.
In Dublin, Hawksmoor is taking over the National Bank building, an ornate Italianate structure designed by William Barnes in the mid-1840s. The restaurant is committed to preserving the historic building’s original features. Such as the grand hemispherical cast-iron dome set on Corinthian columns and the elaborate plasterwork. Using reclaimed materials is also a signature of Hawksmoor’s design. Here reclaimed doors and antique lighting are incorporated into the decor.
General manager Alex McGettigan, who was born in Bray, and now lives near family in Bray, is excited to welcome guests. He said, “After restoring this wonderful bank building to its former glory, we can’t wait to welcome our first guests through those beautifully grand doors so as many people as possible can enjoy the Hawksmoor experience in this iconic Dublin building.”
Hawksmoor’s impact report sets out an ambitious plan to work with local farmers and fishermen focused on sustainability. As well as local, national, and international charities fighting food poverty. The restaurant has also become the world’s first carbon-neutral steak restaurant group in the UK and US. It was the first UK restaurant group to gain B Corp certification, making it part of a global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.
With Hawksmoor’s Dublin restaurant being its twelfth worldwide, the restaurant has created over ninty jobs in the city.
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