Royal Court Theatre Cafe Bar

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Royal Court Theatre Cafe Bar
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The Royal Court is a lively meeting place for audiences, writers, directors and actors. The facilities occupy the nineteenth century auditorium 'pit', the original vaults under the pavement, and a completely new spacious hall built underneath Sloane Square. High vaulted ceilings with natural light pouring in through glass pavement blocks make a dramatic addition to the original theatre's cramped public spaces.

We have sourced fantastic foods from award winning suppliers; cured meats, cheeses, oils and olives from Brindisa Spanish Foods, with shops at Exmouth and Borough Markets, Neals Yard Dairies provide an endless supply of cheeses for our seasonal cheese plates.
Our comprehensive wine list has been selected from London wine merchants Bibendum and includes Organic wines, Prosecco and Champagne.

In September 2014 the bar/restaurant underwent a major refurbishment, its first since 2000, by Lyndon Goode Architects with Citizens Design Bureau. There is a new horseshoe bar at the centre of the room to the centre; nooks, booths and benches diversifying the choice of dining and drinking spaces suitable for day and evening use; and an intimate library at the rear.




Venue name: Royal Court Theatre Cafe Bar
Address: Sloane Square
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm. Meals served Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5-8pm, Sat noon– 8pm.
Price: £25 and under
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I simply love the Royal Court's bar downstairs. 

This restaurant/bar/cafe is the perfect setting for endless poetical, theatrical, Brexitical or other debates, be it before the play you came to see or after. Yes, you heard me - finally, here's a place that actually stays open for some time after you've finished sucking up your cultural dose of the month.

Unfortunately, they have transformed their menu quite a bit recently, cutting down on some of the best dishes; although this is perhaps a seasonal change. Never fear! Their charcuterie board for £12 is still excellent value, with a decent selection of meats, crusty, warm bread and a celeriac remoulade that is so exciting and fiery in the mouth, you'll be thinking about it for the rest of the evening.(Don't let it distract you from the play, usually the Royal Court's plays are worth every penny.)

If you prefer something warm, the duck terrine is a perfect one-dish supper, served with greens and a lovely sauce that compliments the melt-in-the-mouth meat perfectly; but if you want to get your fingers dirty, the Royal Court burger, served in a fresh and warm brioche bun, is the way to go.

The wine selection is really impressive, and staff really know what they are doing here. Let them guide you, be it a humorous comedy you're preparing for, or trying to shake off the depressingly beautiful scenes you've just witnessed.

Although probably not my first pick if I'm not seeing a play, for theatre evenings, this reasonably priced bar at the Royal Court leaves nothing to be desired.

The recent refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre Bar is to its own detriment as there is now so little space to stand or sit. It's a good place for a quick pre-theatre drink, however it is no longer a bar in its own right anymore, given how hectic it has become.

Pretty much flawless for a quick pre-theatre supper - be aware that you'll definitely need to book.