What do you do when you’re looking for right spot to build your medieval palace? If you’re the Bishop of Winchester you’d choose somewhere which has adjoining brothels.
Yep, it seemed like Henry Blois had sinning on the mind back in the 12th century. Winchester Palace might not be there anymore but you can still indulge – in a different sense of course, because from late February the grounds (on Winchester Walk, next to Borough Market) will be home to the next Hawksmoor.
The building that Will Beckett and Huw Gott are occupying was originally built as a hops warehouse in the mid-19th Century by hop merchants Wood, Field & Hanbury, it later became a fruit warehouse and auction hall and they’re keeping many of the original structural elements – the timber beams, oak columns and brickwork. Other reclaimed materials include a salvaged parquet floor, wooden paneling, copperlight doors and old school chemistry lab tops coming back to life as tabletops.
In the upstairs restaurant, you’ll find the classic Hawksmoor dishes – the bone marrow with onions; signature steaks and roast scallops with white port and garlic. Making the most of Borough Market being so close Head Chef Simon Cotterill (Savoy Grill and The Criterion) will create a weekly Market Specials menu making the most of the produce available and could include anything from scallops with beef butter and horseradish to charcoal roasted skate with St George’s mushrooms. On Mondays you’ll be able to bring in your own wine too with corkage only £5 – nifty.
Downstairs the Cook’s Room will be a testing kitchen for Hawksmoor’s chefs to try out their ideas, come the night time it’ll be your private dining room with its own kitchen and own distinct menu that revolves almost entirely around market produce.
Borough Market is no stranger to good meat, but now you have a new reason to head, south of the river.
Hawksmoor Borough Market: Opens Late February 2017, 16 Winchester Walk, Borough Market SE1 9AQ, www.thehawksmoor.com