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.
The company now operates twelve restaurants, seven of which are in London, and one in each of Manchester, Edinburgh, New York, Liverpool, and most recently Dublin. 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”. In Spring 2024 Hawksmoor will open its second US site in Chicago.
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.