Hawksmoor was started in 2006 by two entrepreneurs, Will Beckett and Huw Gott, 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 Graphite's investment, a fifth Hawksmoor restaurant was opened in Knightsbridge in the summer of 2014 and, in spring 2015, the company successfully opened in Manchester, its first restaurant outside of London. A seventh Hawksmoor has recently been added at Borough Market. The company has also launched a new restaurant concept, Foxlow, with an initial site in Clerkenwell in 2013 followed by sites in Chiswick and Balham in 2015.
Hawksmoor marks Graphite’s third investment in the restaurant sector. Together with the management team, we have mapped a further roll-out plan for both brands, in the UK and internationally. 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.