Hawksmoor Group is closing the Stoke Newington branch of its neighbourhood restaurant brand Foxlow after admitting it failed to get things right in the location.

The restaurant, which opened on Stoke Newington Church Street in April 2015, will close its doors for good on 14 January.

Co-founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott said they were closing the restaurant ‘with integrity’, paying all suppliers and ‘looking after’ staff with the intention of finding them jobs at other sites. They said they would also be holding a party for regulars and would invite them to the soft launch of its next Foxlow.

Beckett said: “We tried something and unfortunately, despite great feedback for the food and service, it didn’t work. As Gary Thomas, the Foxlow restaurant director, has reminded me, these things aren’t unusual in business, even if they are very painful.

“We’re not making any excuses about the wider trading environment or anything else - we made a couple of poor decisions and just didn’t get everything as right here as we thankfully have at all our other restaurants. We look forward to letting people have more positive news very soon.”

Foxlow’s other three restaurants - in Clerkenwell, Chiswick and Balham - continue to trade successfully, a company spokesperson said and there are plans to expand the concept to other areas in the future, and that there was “good news” in the pipeline for the concept.

MCA understands that the group is in talks on a site in Soho for the format.

As revealed by MCA last year, Thomas, formerly of YO! Sushi and Soho House Group, was appointed by Hawksmoor to oversee the next stage in the growth of Foxlow.