Birthday at The Hawksmoor

The twins turn twelve next week and I still can’t quite believe that they are growing into young men.
I mean, they are still kids, still my little boys, but they are hitting that age where they are to grown up for parties or pass the parcel.

The same applies with eating out. They are starting to divert from the kids menus to the adult side.

It means our bills have increased, but I love watching them choose what they want to eat and trying different dishes.

I cant bear to think how much we will be spending when we are taking six ‘adults’ out gor dinner!
Mikey and Harri have also taken a serious liking to steak, thanks to a meal in Florida where they tried a porterhouse, medium/rare (melt in your mouth – perfection).

With this is mind, for there birthday we decided to take them to one of Londons top steakhouses, The Hawksmoor.

It is a first floor restaurant set between Regent Street and Picadilly. It has a lovely classy Art Deco feel along with a very relaxed atmosphere and is not pretentious at all.

I gained brownie points straight away because Mikey thought the restaurant was like a scene from the Kingsman movie.

When I told the lovely host at the front desk what Mikey had said, he played along brilliantly…..offering him his lighter (along with a wink) and told him to keep it safe as one twist and the taser is activated. The boys thought it was fantastic!

Lets start with my favourite…..the cocktails.

The cocktail menu is extensive but after a quick look I decided on the Hawksmoor Collins cocktail (£10.50) which is a gin based sour drink, and to die for!
Mike stuck with his favoirite, an Old Fashioned (a whisky cocktail), which he said was one of the best he has had.

I had the Dorset Crab starter and the boys shared the ribs. The obvious main for us was the fillet steak. We chose creamed spinish, beef dripping fries and mash with gravy.

The boys shared a fillet steak as after their rib starters they didn’t think they would manage a whole one and they were right.

The whole meal was spot on! Perfect, simple and delicious, the boys absolutly loved it.

I am afraid the food was so good that I made the rookie mistake of not taking many photos.

The menu has something for everyone, the fish dishes looked incredible (I eyed up a few as they were being taken to neighbouring tables) and will be trying one of those at my next visit.

The Hawksmoor is not cheap but it is no more expensive than what you would expect to pay at a London restaurant with a similar reputation.

They do have offers such as two courses for £27 and can provide an express menu if you have theatre deadlines.
We decided to stick with the A la carte menu on this occasion.

Whether it is a date night, family dinner, a lunch with the girls or taking your kids out for a special meal, I definatly recommend the Hawksmoore, Air Street and can not wait to go back.

For more information take a look at their website https://thehawksmoor.com

Have you eaten at The Hawksmoor? What did you think? What restaurant do you reccomend?

Love Kate

Xxx

Galvin At Windows

I’ve spent a lovely day with Mike and baby George.

We occasionally treat ourselves to lunch or dinner at Galvin at Windows on special occasions.

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The elegant restaurant is situated on the 28th floor of London Hilton, Park Lane. 
The views are absolutely stunning, the atmosphere is classy (but not pretentious) and it’s pleasantly relaxed.

Galvins is French haute cuisine created by head chef Joo Won.
The manager,  Fred Sirieix you might recognise from Channel 4’s First Dates.

The service is probably one of my favourite things about this restaurant.

On this occasion we decided to take George (our seven month old).
I rang to ask if they could pop a highchair at the table for me
The lady couldnt have been nicer, after confirming the highchair she told me she would be reserving us a seat by the window so that George could enjoy the views!

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The reason we booked an impromptu visit is that I was sent an email.

It is Galvins 10th anniversary this month and they had a couple of special offers.
The one we went for was a three course meal and a bellini cocktail for £30 per person.

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When we arrived the staff,  as usual were absolutely fantastic.
They are cooing over George,  which put me at ease straight away as I really wasn’t sure what the reaction would be taking a baby with us.

After a coffee in the bar we were seated.
Elisa, the lady who was looking after us was absolutely charming.  
She was attentive without being over the top.
She brought over a little play pack for George and made sure he was a happy as we were.

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The menu was impressive and both Mike and I went for Steak Tartar for starter and Pork Cheek for main.

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Both were stunning,  fine dining at its best.

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For dessert we both went for Creme Brule and coffee.

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Whatever our bill is,  we always come away feeling like we have had a really special experience and great value for money.

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For us,  it’s such a beautiful restaurant and I honestly can not recommend it enough.

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For a special occasion or just a date night it really it worth the trip and the money.
If anyone ever fancies dinner with a view, forget Aqua at The Shard (which I was super disappointed with) and book here instead.

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FYI we used the Justpark website to find a car park.  
We pre booked on our way to London at the Hilton,  Park Lane Car Park.
For three hours it cost £12.50 which,  compared to Croydon parking prices I thought was great value for London, let alone Park Lane!

http://http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/london-hilton-on-park-lane-LONHITW/dining/galvin-at-windows.html?WT.mc_id=zELWAKN0EMEA1HI2DMH3LocalSearch4DGGenericx6LONHITW

http://https://www.justpark.com