Scarfes Bar at Rosewood | Holborn Restaurant and Bar
Gerald Scarfe has the rare distinction of being the only person on earth who has both a species of pterosaur (Cuspicephalus Scarfi) and a hotel bar named after them.
It’s almost cartoonish.
And for now, we’ll focus on that hotel bar. That is, Rosewood Hotel’s Scarfes Bar. This drawing room-meets-gentleman’s club style cocktail lounge displays a collection of Scarfe’s satirical paintings, alongside over 1,000 antique books and a grand dark wood fireplace, whilst a mixture of wingback chairs, velvet booths and sofas populate the room.
In contrast to the typically British interior, the lunch menu (serving from 12 to 2.30pm) is full of traditional Indian curries, kebabs and salads, including the Memne Chaanp (lamb chops with ginger and mint) and Aloo Gobhi Mattar (cauliflower, marrowfat peas and potatoes, asafoetida and coriander). Of an evening, bar snacks and sharing platters are available, but by that time the focus is on the “potions” being concocted by the bars tenders.
A short-but-sweet menu of just 16 cocktails includes a number from Scarfe himself (Gerald’s Marguerite, with gin, orange bitters, and “cartoonist’s punch”) and is backed up by the selection of over 200 single malt whiskies and over 60 gins (as well as a good selection of wines, beers and fizzes).
It’s time to celebrate the Scarfe, in all its neck-warming glory.
NOTE: Reservations can be made HERE. Also, Scarfes Bar is available for private hire for up to 120 guests.
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