“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” – Winnie the Pooh.

Pooh understood lunch’s endearing power to make a person happy – great food and great company, whether you’re popping in for a quick something or sitting down to indulge in Lunch with a capital L.

Another big cuddly bear who has come to understand lunch in a different way is Hawksmoor’s Executive Chef Matt Brown. Whereas once, in Michelin-starred kitchens, if he was asked to create a dish from the best Scottish Langoustine, he wouldn’t have deep fried them, served them with triple cooked chips and his own secret recipe tartare sauce – a dish that would probably be served on a Fish’n’Chip night in heaven. Now, Matt is better known for being the man to create a completely-new-and-in-no-way-trademark-infringing take on the hamburger, the Big Matt.

If, like Winnie and Matt, you love lunch, then Hawksmoor’s new lunch menu is for you. Alongside the Summer Specials of Langoustine scampi & chips (£21) and the Big Matt (served with fries and a Shaky or Steady Pete’s Ginger Brew for £20) is a set lunch, priced at £25 for 2 courses and £28 for 3.

It features, to start: Heritage tomato salad and Spring herb salad, goat’s curd, radishes, sourdough crisp alongside Hawksmoor classic Potted beef & bacon with Yorkshires.

Mains include roasted hake, heritage tomatoes & new potatoes; chargrilled heritage courgettes, Twineham Grange dumplings, courgette fries and 35-day aged rump with triple cooked chips.

For puddings, choose from Peanut butter shortbread, salted caramel ice cream; Original Beans chocolate, pannacotta, raspberries, lemon & elderflower granita or grilled peaches, almond meringue and muscat cream.

The Hawksmoor Summer Set Lunch menu and Summer Lunch Specials is available
12-3pm Monday to Saturday at all Hawksmoor restaurants from Monday, 8th July.

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