Reinvented Scandi pub-restaurant serving home comforts from the motherland.
With the Swedish Church across the road and the embassy around the corner, Marylebone watering hole The Harcourt Arms was always popular with our friends from the north. So much so that they’ve gone and bought it.
The new Swede owners have dropped the ‘Arms’ from the name and turned it into more of a high-class ‘dining room in a former pub’ style set-up, but not much else has changed. The wood-panelled walls, bar and bustling atmosphere (heavy with Scandinavian voices) are still evident; but now the customers are here for cross-Nordic fine-dining rather than just öl (that’s beer in Swedish, Scandophiles).
Tempting starters include sliced heritage beetroot, burratina and walnuts, glazed ox cheek and house gravadlax. Mains feature the inevitable reindeer, potato and sage dumplings, and Swedish meatballs, pink in the middle and flounced on a bed of homemade pasta.
Private dining areas are also available and, if you still hanker for a beer at the old ‘Arms’, the smokers’ area at the back has been transformed into a swish, enclosed bar area. We’ll cheers – or rather, skål – to that.
The Oak Room, sumptuous and tobacco scented with a thick marble-topped bar and wooden panelled walls, is where you can enjoy an eclectic mix of Japanese whiskeys and the finest akvavit. The Garden Room has a calmer, brighter ambiance, verdantly-decorated with hanging plants, lush greens and ivy-coated walls where rotating wine specials will be served. The Summer Room, beyond The Garden Room, has a high glass-topped roof conservatory and is complemented by a broodily-lit floor and elegant lighting, and is perfect for a spot of fika (Swedish afternoon tea). Two diverse private dining rooms are situated upstairs offering privacy in luxurious surroundings with curated art pieces and original furnishings.
Wines on offer have a distinct Mediterranean character, while craft beers from across the Scandi regions are served. The Harcourt is open for lunch, dinner, brunch and fika (Swedish afternoon tea), seven days a week. Välkomna!
|Venue name:||The Harcourt|
32 Harcourt St
|Opening hours:||Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm, Sunday from 12 to 10:30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Edgware Rd|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.|
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Average User Rating
4.9 / 5
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The reindeer with smashed swede, creamed mushrooms, and lingonberries is one of the best meals I've ever had. My boyfriend's steak was superb. I can't wait to go back and try the arctic char for 2. Really cool decor. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
Good atmosphere, great food, very good all round Marylebone experience. Unexpected gem in a quiet street.
Simply a cool local that sums everything I look for in food, drinks and atmosphere. Decor is great and staff are lovely.
The Harcourt is everything you need if you want to have a really cool night out in London. From the decor to the amazing location, from the staff to the events, from the delicious food to the mesmerising cocktails, The Harcourt has it all...plus the soundtrack...great stuff! and the craft beers! it is a non stop thumbs up... experience...
What a glorious restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Marylebone. Had a great evening at The Harcourt in their beautifully designed restaurant. The food was flavorsome, really varied, with large portions and a real consideration for flavors. The staff looked after us to no end and made us feel super welcome.
Dining at the Harcourt was such a treat, the interiors are beautiful down to the playful cutlery! There was a big group of us and everyone was well looked after, with watchful eyes manning our glasses of wine. The gravadlax was delicious and pickled cucumber spiced with cumin, spot on. The duck was so tasty and cooked really well, we ended with a cheese board and sweet strawberries and cream. A beautiful place serving beautiful food.
Just re-opened and totally transformed. Beautiful venue, the garden room was the hidden gem. Super friendly service, not stuffy but really engaging staff. The Nordic twist for the food works so well, never had Reindeer before. The lamb shoulder was a great take on a classic dish. Definitely be back.