Londoners have been embracing Scandi style for years now, but the affluent district of Marylebone Village got there first. Since 1911 London’s only Swedish church has welcomed visitors in Harcourt Street. In nearby Crawford Street, Swedish food and gifts can be bought at convenience store Totally Swedish, while the Swedish embassy has remained at Montagu Place for 35 years. Opposite the church, a gorgeous grade II listed building is home to The Harcourt, a welcoming restaurant that embraces its history within ‘Little Sweden’.
This former pub in a grade II listed building is decorated with plush wooden panelling, in keeping with its Scandinavian influences. The menu features Swedish single malt and ‘gin’s Nordic cousin’ Akvavit; along with obligatory Swedish meatballs, Nordic reindeer and gravadlax.
Our cocktails were both potent and handsome – the Swedish Maccloud was a fluffy, heady mixture while another cocktail came with a wedge of homemade chocolate. Food was incredible. Gooey, slow cooked organic duck egg on a bed of crispy straw chips; creamy, golden pumpkin soup; a generous portion of duck breast with potato cake, cabbage and figs; followed by simple and divine poached pears in a crimson mulled wine reduction – this place oozes elegance.
Published in Le Prestige Scandinavia