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23 July 2014
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Scarfe's at Rosewood London (bar)one star

252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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Named after famed political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, this palatial, pillared marbled wing of the Rosewood London hotel is an imperial triumph from designer Martin Brudnizki, whose fruity take on Edwardian pomp creates a classic luxurious space – with great cocktails attached. Sink into deep accommodating sofas by a roaring fire while taking in Scarfe’s edgy works, and anticipate classy calls prepped at an imposing L-shaped bar. Try humidor (Chivas 18 Year Old, white port and absinthe), hats off (mescal, Aperol and agave-sweetened citrus fruit juices) or pith helmet – a reference to Britain’s colonial past, notably in India. Raj-style tiffin snacks also feature on the bar menu, alongside appealingly presented smoked salmon, merguez pizzette, and addictive cheese and onion sourdough toasties. Wines, whiskies, a grand piano and polished service are further reasons to adopt this distinguished drawing room-cum-library.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11th 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 the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentlemen’s club. A bar you would equally be chuffed to find out was the destination of a first date, or the location of today’s business meeting. A bar with live music in the evenings and potions that make you squiffy after one if the day is warm...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 3rd 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 entrance, moodily lit and aching to be played again – live music can be had hear 6 nights a week. The bar itself is a vision in mahogany, gold and glass, its dusky wooden cabinets holding countless champagnes, sloe gins, aged whiskeys, and whispered absinthes. And that, folks, is what you come to Scarfes for...
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  3. 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 sophistication. There are cosy armchairs and sofas, dazzling chandeliers and bookcases lined with antique books dotted throughout the room. But the focal point of Scarfes is the gorgeous fireplace that gives it an air of an old English manor...
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