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Set in the grand marbled halls of the former Pearl Assurance building (now the Rosewood Hotel) and named after the political satirist whose original cartoons feature heavily, Scarfes really could be a height-of-Empire original. Autumnal tones, dusty old tomes, a roaring fire, a baby grand and leather ottomans create a cosy blast from an elegant past. Park yourself at the dandy bar for fine brandies and malt whiskies matched to a range of hunt-ball staples such as Fish House punch, Irish Mermaid (peaty Connemara single malt whisky, cherry liqueur, bitters and orgeat) or the standout Humidor: a mellow, amber blend of Chivas 18-year-old whisky, white port, absinthe, spices and chocolate bitters. The colonial-style tiffin strikes just the right note too – sandalwood-smoked chicken tikka with Glenfiddich 14-year-old whisky, for example. Service is friendly.

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  1. The luxurious 5-star Rosewood Hotel located at 252 High Holborn, previously the Chancery Court Hotel, reopened last October after an extensive refurbishment. The hotel’s launch also brought along some new dining options, one of which was Scarfes Bar. The bar was named after Gerald Scarfe, a London born satirical cartoonist who worked for Punch magazine...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Scarfes Bar

    Scarfes Bar is an homage to the fruitiness of British conviviality, its walls adorned with caricature-type artwork and its menu teetering between casserole and curry. This mixed up madness is housed in the recently opened Rosewood Hotel (previously The Chancery Court Hotel), refurbished beautifully and granted grade II listed status. The entrance to the hotel is grand and architecturally classical, opening up into a wistful courtyard that you might imagine in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Scarfes bar is located behind a vintage hand-revolving door, and offers total sensory delight. A grand piano sits in the...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    The Cutlery Chronicles :: scarfes bar, holborn - review

    The Indian venues I have recently stumbled across - stuffing me with all things keema and seekh and sambar, cooked in tandoors and on tawas, and served in pretty copper karahis - have been doing it quite well. It seems I’m on a good-Indian roll. The most recent is Scarfes Bar, stashed away in the splendid Holborn neoclassical landmark that is now the Rosewood Hotel.

    In a similar vein to Zumbura, Scarfes Bar is about as far from the well-worn and tired Indian high-street restaurants of yesteryear as you could hope to achieve. Firstly, it’s not a restaurant - it’s a bar. A beautiful, stately bar. A bar with...
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  1. The luxurious 5-star Rosewood Hotel located at 252 High Holborn, previously the Chancery Court Hotel, reopened last October after an extensive refurbishment. The hotel’s launch also brought along some new dining options, one of which was Scarfes Bar. The bar was named after Gerald Scarfe, a London born satirical cartoonist who worked for Punch magazine and Private Eye during the early 1960s. Scarfes Bar has not only borrowed Scarfe’s name, but also his artistic vision by showing off a selection of his distinctive drawings of historical and well-known personalities.
    Scarfes Bar epitomises the height of English...
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  1. Based in Holborn, sorry Midtown, The Rosewood is easily one of London’s finest hotels. From the minute you walk into the courtyard, past the fire pit and into the copper-clad corridor (that’s over a million pounds-worth of copper FYI) you can’t fail to be impressed.

    It is also home to one of London’s finest bars; Scarfes Bar named after the artist, Gerald Scarfe, who’s paintings are dotted around the room. The food offering is a wholly Indian affair which is most unusual for a hotel bar...
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