Hawksmoor is the daddy of London steak restaurants and its Spitalfields branch is where it all began, way back in 2006. It’s still going strong of course, and famous for not just their meat but for one of the best Sunday roasts in London. Twelve years is a long time for any restaurant, so it was recently given a big refurbishment to bring it bang up to date.

We went by recently to check it out and we love the look of the new space, especially the stained-glass windows at the front – previously there were curtains here so not only do they look pretty, they let in lots more light too. Other great new features include the reclaimed wooden flooring which was sourced from an old sanatorium in Northumberland, tabletops made from old chemistry lab benches, and a new shiny brass-topped bar.

There’s new dishes on the menu too, including a twelve-hour short rib with claret, bone marrow and Roscoff onions, and roast scallops with fennel pollen and garlic, which we had for a starter and were bloody delicious. For the mains we had to go classic Hawksmoor with a big Porterhouse steak for two to share and a side of their beef dripping fries – you cannot go wrong here. For dessert, we had to have the peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream.

Hawksmoor is looking (and tasting) better than ever, nearly twelve years after opening, so if you’re yet to check it out, there’s never been a better time.

157A Commercial St, London E1 6BJ