Hawksmoor was started in 2006 by two entrepreneurs, with the aim of creating a distinctly British steakhouse, providing consistently high-quality steak and outstanding customer service. Prior to Graphite’s investment in 2013, the company had launched four restaurants in Central London, all of which had been extremely successful.
Following the MBO, a fifth Hawksmoor restaurant was opened in Knightsbridge and, in spring 2015, the company successfully opened its first restaurant outside of London, in Manchester. A seventh Hawksmoor was added at Borough Market in 2017, followed by a second site outside of London, in Edinburgh, in 2018. Hawksmoor opened its first international restaurant, in New York City, in the autumn of 2021. The restaurant received critical acclaim, with the New York Times asking “Does New York need a British steakhouse?” and the answer being “Yes, if it’s Hawksmoor”. Later in 2021, Hawksmoor opened its seventh London site, at Canary Wharf. In November 2022, Hawksmoor opened its third UK site outside of London, in Liverpool.
Hawksmoor marked Graphite’s fourth investment in the broader restaurant sector. Together with the management team, we have developed a further expansion plan for the business in the UK and the US. The company has consistently been listed in the Sunday Times top 100 ‘Best Companies to Work for’, highlighting the emphasis placed on work environment, staff welfare, service delivery and the quality of its food and drink offering. In 2022, it achieved ‘B-Corp’ status and was ranked as the world’s best steak restaurant.