The Harcourt, Marylebone
Location: Marylebone, London
Commissioned by: The Harcourt Pub Ltd
Samantha Palmer and Andrew Endean
This elegant restaurant opened in 2016 in a former public house in the Marylebone district of London. Deriving from the French Mary La Bonne – Mary the Good – the area’s international heritage continues at The Harcourt, itself once known as “The Swedish Pub”, which today boasts a Finnish chef and Swedish “mixologist” (for those who don’t know that’s someone skilled in making cocktails!!). Originally The Harcourt Arms, a public house opened in 1826, its new owners sought to incorporate its period features in their new-look interior to give a sense of warmth and elegance.
The Grade-II listed building’s Regency oak panelling has been preserved by owner-designers Samantha Palmer and Andrew Endean, being incorporated into the new interior.
A modern edge is provided by the art adorning walls and the “beautiful bespoke furniture” that owners Samantha and Andrew seem justifiably so proud of.
The leaded windows – another original feature – rejuvenated period panelling and Craftwood’s deep button back seating in black leather combine seamlessly in conveying style, elegance and warmth to the interior dining areas.
With so many historic pubs closing The Harcourt gives a new lease of life to a Regency public house with a lot of character but which in more recent times had failed to fully realise its potential. A change of management and major refurbishment has seen it transformed into one of the capital’s most stylish purveyors of Scandinavian cuisine.
Billing itself as the “big corner of Sweden in the heart of London”, The Harcourt’s combination of a former Regency town house setting and cuisine with a Nordic twist has been hailed a success within the trade and by diners alike. With its tantalising Scandinavian “fika” – that’s a coffee break Swedish style – a menu that includes reindeer, expert mixologist and the comfort and style of Craftwood’s plush seating The Harcourt offers a London dining experience like no other.
Andrew Endean – Partner and Designer, The Harcourt, Marylebone, London commented:
“I have been in the hotel development business for 25 years, working with top brands and overseeing over five hundred million pounds of projects and I can honestly say that Craftwood are one of the best specialist furniture manufacturers / contractors I have worked with. Craftwood offer a no nonsense service and are fairly priced in the market place. The finished product speaks for itself”.
“Thank you Craftwood, and we look forward to working with you on the next project”.