The Harcourt

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Thanks to its Finnish chef, Swedish mixologist, and a location in a Scandi part of town (the Swedish Embassy is nearby), this good-looking gastropub has Nordic leanings. Nevertheless, the theme is subtle – an akvavit cocktail here, a reindeer there – rather than the gastronomic equivalent of an Abba tribute act. The refit of the Grade II-listed Georgian pile is ravishing: the bar-cum-dining room (cleverly separated into various cosy nooks) is aglow with copper-topped tables, polished wooden panels, and warm, golden lighting. Other levels reveal a stripped-back garden room and atmospheric private-dining options. Sadly, the food didn’t impress: the ingredients in our Marinda tomato and buffalo mozzarella starter weren’t of a sufficiently high quality to warrant such simple treatment; a more adventurous slow-cooked duck egg with smoked mayonnaise and crisp straw potatoes lacked strident flavours; and a pavé of slow-cooked lamb shoulder with super-smooth whipped polenta was mono-textured and overly salty. Slow, inexperienced service didn’t help matters – teething troubles, perhaps, but only time will tell.

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The Harcourt

The Harcourt

32 Harcourt Street ,London W1H 4HX

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Really nice food, but is it a disco or a restaurant?

by   platinum reviewer (153)

Apr 2016

Editor's pick The Harcourt used to be one of those wonderful local pubs that are now so rare in London: with the Swedish church almost opposite, it became a home away from home for the Swedish community in London. A proper boozer. It still has nods to its previous incarnation (there is reindeer on the menu, one section of which is entitled "Fika", and the sign above the door is the wooden, dala horse), but long gone is the Freddie Lundberg signed shirt, the TV with Swedish sport, the menu of meatballs...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 7

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    The Hedonist :: The Harcourt

    Sometimes appearances are deceptive. Outwardly I look like an average 55 year old man, receding hair line, slight paunch and skin that has lost its elasticity. In actuality I’m a Nordic God-think Chris Hemsworth as Thor-with the power to shape worlds and the libidinous energy of an 18 year old oyster farmer. My inner deity is hidden inside the earthly frame that I inhabit just biding its time…
    The Harcourt and I have a lot in common. From the outside it looks like an average boozer. Admittedly a well-kept one in that posh reservation for the wealthy that is Marylebone Village.
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  • Address: 32 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HX
  • Telephone: 020 3771 8660
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 11am-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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