Your business in brief?
Hawksmoor started 11 years ago with a simple aim: to try and serve great steak. Our philosophy was always to try and scour the country for the best produce and then cook it simply.
We just want to try and build great restaurants in great cities, and Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of those. It’ll only be our second outside London...the third will be New York next year.Will Beckett, co-owner, Hawksmoor
We’ve now got seven restaurants in London and Manchester, and have consistently been voted amongst the best restaurants and bars in the country, as well as being listed as one of the best places to work in the UK by The Sunday Times for seven consecutive years.
What makes Edinburgh an attractive market for you?
We just want to try and build great restaurants in great cities, and Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of those. It’ll only be our second outside London ... the third will be New York next year. We’re really excited about opening Hawksmoor in Edinburgh, not just because we’ve found a beautiful building (in the former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters: an art deco banking hall in a Grade A listed building of national importance on St. Andrew Square) but also because we’re going to be able to indulge our geeky fascination with produce and go and find some of the best that Scotland has to offer.
Scotland has some of the best produce in the UK, so that’s a big plus for us.
What presence will you have here? What jobs or roles will be created?
It’ll be a 170-seat restaurant, so will employ about 80 people. Lots of those will be local, although there’s a lot of clamour in our other restaurants about the opportunity to move (or come home) to Edinburgh. We want to open a local restaurant, not a London restaurant in Edinburgh, and to us that means benefitting the local economy – creating jobs, using local suppliers and so on. We’ve already enjoyed spending money in the local restaurants.
What's the vision for your business?
Generally speaking, we want to build great restaurants that stand the test of time – not fadish and not too many. We want to be able to look at the business in ten or 20 years and still feel really proud of it. For this specific restaurant, we just want to be a restaurant that the people of Edinburgh love as one of their own. That was our aim in Manchester, where I think there was a bit of suspicion about Londoners coming and opening a restaurant there, and we think it’s worked – mancunians voted it the best restaurant in Manchester.
An Edinburgh restaurant for Edinburgh – that would be the dream.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.