The Harcourt

Bars and pubs, Pubs Marylebone
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The Harcourt
Venue says Join us for a Scandanavian 'fika' selection. £12.50 for a choice of sandwich, cake or bun, and tea/coffee.

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.

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The Harcourt says
A five-story Georgian townhouse, just up the road from Marylebone High Street and formerly The Harcourt Arms, has reopened its doors as The Harcourt. The beautiful bar and restaurant celebrates its Scandinavian heritage with relaxed, all-day modern-European dining and drinking that includes a nod to Nordic cuisine. Expect home infusions, house-made cures and tasty pickles which can be enjoyed in any of the various spaces that have retained the original elements of the building.

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!
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By: Dave Faulkner

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Venue name: The Harcourt
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Address: 32 Harcourt St
London
W1H 4HX
Transport: Tube: Edgware Rd
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.
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Jessica J

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.

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

The Harcourt Pub specializes in Swedish food and the decor is a nice compromise between sleek Scandinavian style and a cozy and comfortable English pub. The feature in the front room is a gorgeous wrap around marble bar. Service was fairly slow and impersonable even though the pub wasn’t very full at 2:00 on a Friday. The food and drinks are definitely not cheap - about £20 for a main and £12 for a cocktail but you could tell that only the best ingredients were used and everything we ordered was delicious. I had the vegetarian option with potato dumplings, grilled lettuce and lots of delica pumpkin. My boyfriend had the burger which was spot on and came with perfectly cooked chips and broccoli. Desserts only cost around £5 but the cheesecake we ordered wasn’t the best. Tea was served in beautiful gold trimmed tea pots which finished off the meal nicely. Although the prices are quite high, you know you’ll be getting quality food at the Harcourt. Best to go and enjoy a leisurely meal and soak in the lovely decor.  

Tim Y

Good atmosphere, great food, very good all round Marylebone experience. Unexpected gem in a quiet street.

Eileen U

Simply a cool local that sums everything I look for in food, drinks and atmosphere. Decor is great and staff are lovely.

lara w

Lovely atmosphere, gorgeous decor, amazing drinks and food menu, fab hospitality

Helia A

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...

Beatriz S

The staff & enviroment are excellent . The food and drinks are brilliant. lovely place.

Daisy H

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.

Minal S

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.  

Scott
Staff Writer

What a hidden treasure in the heart of Marylebone. The inside is immaculate and it just keeps on going, so many dining areas, each one bigger and better than the last. The bread selection was lovely, the pork steak was cooked to perfection and the triple cooked chips put everyone else to shame. I'm not in the area much but I'll make a point of coming back again.

Richard L

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.  

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