King of Breakfasts - Hawksmoor
Breakfast at Hawksmoor is one of my favourite places to have the first meal of the day, but not somewhere I frequent often or would recommend going to regularly, not least due to the brilliantly named (and tasty) list of breakfast cocktails; anti-fogmatics. I love the idea that by imbibing a Corpse Reviver No. 2, a Shaky Pete's Ginger Brew or one of the variety of Bloody Mary's that you will counter the haziness of a hangover with an anti-fogmatic, like the sun burning off a morning mist. However, if you're more of a delicate flower in the morning after a heavy night, the robustness of the food as well as the cocktails are unlikely to be agreeable, as they are not for the faint hearted.
The occasion for this visit was partly some recent success at work and partly the fact I'd been banging on about how much I like Hawksmoor breakfasts to the point that several people wanted to see for themselves. I also was keen to try the sharing breakfast, which I was yet to sample. Having recreuited a willing partner this time, we ordered the 'for 2 to share' breakfast, consisting of Smoked Bacon Chop, Sausages, Black Pudding, Short rib bubble & squeak, grilled bone marrow, trotter baked beans, fried eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes with HP gravy & unlimited toast. Others on the table went for slightly less belly busting, but still substantial Full English (Bacon, Sausages, trotter baked beans, fried eggs, hash browns, 'shrooms, toast & toms).
Accompanying the feast I had the cornflake milkshake with a shot of bourbon, plus an RAF breakfast tea (from the lovely Rare Tea Lady). The milkshake is as good as you can get and the bourbon a naughty, boozy addition.
I loved the porky additions to the baked beans and bubble & squeak as well as the HP gravy, although probably would have preferred bacon to a bacon chop and for the sausages to be just pork, rather than pork, mutton & beef. However, these are only slight amendments to an excellent meal. One last recommendation I have is that if you do decide to go large and clear the fog, make sure your diary is relatively clear for the rest of the morning!!
HAWKSMOOR GUILDHALL 10 BASINGHALL STREET, LONDON EC2V 5BQ 020 7397 8120