May 11, 2018
A slice of Sweden situated a stone’s throw from the Marylebone High Street in London, The Harcourt has taken over a Georgian Grade II listed townhouse and taken it to soaring new heights. The gorgeous building that The Harcourt resides in has housed a drinking establishment for over two centuries, but assuredly nothing near as striking as this. ‘Sumptuous Scandi’ may be the best way to describe the decor of the bar and restaurant, as each room is more impressive than the last. The stately Oak Room features plenty of softly-weathered timber touches and a bar stocked with an impressive range of Japanese whisky and akvavit. The Garden Room has an evergreen vibe, awash in lush leaves and an ivy-coated wall – the perfect place for sipping wine. Finally, the Summer Room is a bright and clean conservatory, home to a sheer glass roof, ideal for The Harcourt’s soon-to-be-famous Swedish Afternoon Tea. In addition, two stunning private spaces accompany the already ravishing roster of rooms to present a splendid package indeed. As far as libations are concerned, a large range of Continental wine, craft beer, and Nordic-inspired cocktails like the Berry Pine – premium gin, pine liqueur, mint, lingonberries, lime, tonic, garnished with rosemary sprigs – The Swedish Maccloud – Swedish whiskey, cloudberry liqueur, sugar, lemon, and bitters – and the Freudian Slip – akvavit, elderflower, lychee, and lemon topped with bubbly prosecco – tell the story, in addition to a vast assortment of premium spirits. The fare at The Harcourt follows suit with Scandinavian specialities like gravadlax with pickled cucumber, reindeer with lingonberry, and line-caught Skrei Cod.