Cafe Bar Restaurant
In the heart of peaceful Thornbury, you’ll ﬁnd the charming stone building known as Hawkes House; an independently owned venue serving fantastic food and drink with warm, welcoming service. It’s a relaxed and informal dining experience, not unlike that of a traditional pub, but with high ceilings and exposed stonework, there’s something decidedly modern about the venue. An outside seating area lends Hawkes House a French bistro feel and is a lovely spot for al fresco dining. We visited on a Sunday afternoon and took up residence at a table ﬂooded with sunlight from large windows, which lend the dining room a light and airy feel. Our cheery hosts made us feel at home as they served us delicious pale ale and refreshing local cider, which we sipped as we perused the extensive menu and specials board.
Hawkes House serves brunch, bagels, salad bowls and light bites throughout the day, as well as generously proportioned and comforting meals. Craving a hearty meal in place of a traditional Sunday roast, we opted for a selection of tapas to start.
From the innovative selection of tapas, we sampled spicy goat curry topped with baba ganoush, black king tiger prawns, and ﬂavoursome chorizo with garlic and onions. Pleased that the majority of the dishes could be served gluten-free to suit her dietary requirements, my companion enjoyed the balsamic rump of lamb, which looked delightful and was accompanied by feta, mint, and green bean fricassee, wilted greens and balsamic reduction. My choice of Asian-style basa ﬁllet, battered with chilli, garlic and coriander, was beautifully presented atop sweet potato wedges and mint pea purée with the enchanting addition of edible ﬂowers.
Desserts are just as innovative as the rest of the menu. We recommend you try the rich black bean and chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream, or the palate-cleansing lemon posset accompanied by gin and tonic sorbet. With such delicious food and friendly staff, it’s not surprising that Hawkes House has a loyal following of regular customers in the local neighbourhood and beyond.