After selling a majority stake in Hawksmoor, their chain of much-loved steakhouses, Huw Gott and Will Beckett chose not to rest on their wildly successful laurels. Or sail away in yachts. Instead, they opened Foxlow, a collection of neighbourhood restaurants found in Balham, Chiswick, Clerkenwell, and soon-Soho, to boot.
Foxlow offers a modern take on comfort food that weaves together good old English pub grub with a hint of Southern flair (the fried chicken with apple and fennel ‘slaw is a must) and steakhouse moxy.
Considering the founders’ background, there’s an unsurprising emphasis on meat – after all, why mess with what works? Here, it’s carefully sourced and faultlessly prepared, ranging from mouthwatering steaks and burgers (their signature is a dry-aged rump, rib and bavette blend) to roast chicken and ribs. They do it well, but that’s not all they do. There are spice-roasted cauliflower and lentil salads, Brixham squid with devilled mayonnaise, mac and cheese, and house-cured salmon. In fact, there’s more than a little bistro style in the menu at Foxlow.
The puddings, meanwhile, much like the rest of the menu, have a tendency to change with the seasons. But there are always dishes to tempt, whether it’s a fruit-heavy crumble with Devon cream or a blood orange posset with homemade shortbread. And, as an added boon to Foxlow’s already enticing package, it now offers weekend brunches with bottomless Bloody Marys. But there’s always the Foxlow Sunday roast, complete with giant Yorkshire pudding, roast spuds and gently-spiced spinach, which has gained a cult following.