Will Beckett and Huw Gott, founders of the Hawksmoor group of restaurants, are set to open their seventh site, this time in London's Borough Market.
The 140-cover venue, spread over two floors, will open in February 2017 at 16 Winchester Walk.
Many of Hawksmoor's early suppliers had a stall or shop on Borough Market, including: Neal's Yard Dairy; Brindisa; Wright Brothers; Chegworth Valley; Borough Wines, Isle of Wight Tomatoes, Kappacasein Dairy, the Fresh Olive Company. More recently the business has added others from nearby Bermondsey such as: Little Bread Pedlar, Natoora, Kernel, Partizan and Fourpure.
The restaurant will be housed in a mid-19th century building, which started life as a hops warehouse owned by hop merchants Wood, Field & Hanbury. In 1933 it was taken over by Borough Market fruit merchant J O Sims, who specialized in "colonial and foreign fruit", and became a fruit warehouse with a fruit auction hall on the second floor.
The Victorian warehouse boasts original timber beams and brickwork. "The building has lots of existing character. We're going to sensitively build the restaurant's interior around this heritage. It's a very exciting project", said Gott, who is developing the interiors with Macaulay Sinclair architects.
Hawksmoor Borough will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and will take reservations.
Beckett and Gott founded Hawksmoor in 2006 and have since grown it to six sites, with five in London and one in Manchester. They also run Foxlow, with four sites in Stoke Newington, Clerkenwell, Chiswick and Balham.
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