Scarfes Bar

4.3
38 reviews
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£25 and under
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International
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  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Moments from Covent Garden, Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London, evokes a convivial atmosphere with a roaring fire, bookcases filled with over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antique dealer, low lighting, cosy velvet armchairs and sofa seating.
Each cocktail on the Scarfes Bar menu takes its inspiration from Gerald Scarfe's iconic caricatures for each distinctive serve. Developed by Bar Manager, Martin Siska, Head Bartender Greg Almeida and the dynamic bar team, the menu is an artwork in itself and joins the extensive gallery of Gerald’s work with unique drinks inspired by cultural symbols ranging from
Monty Python to Margaret Thatcher.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday:
4:00 p.m till late

Bar Snacks
4:00 p.m till late

Live Jazz and Blues
Monday to Wednesday
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight
Thursday to Saturday
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Sunday
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
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Phone number
020 3747 8611
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
Scarfes Bar offers valet parking.
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Public Transit
Located on High Holborn, Scarfes Bar is a 1 minute walk from Holborn tube station and a 10 minute walk from Covent Garden tube station. The area is served by various bus links as well.
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Entertainment
Scarfes Bar hosts complimentary live music seven nights a week. It is the perfect setting for enjoying jazz, soul and blues from the comforts of a velvet armchair with
a cocktail in hand.
Additional
Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 38 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
3.6
value
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 1 March 2017

Great lunch spot

I had lunch with two friends last week. The food (Indian cuisine) was quite good as was the service. The room itself is very beautiful.

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OT
3.0Dined on 13 February 2017

The atmosphere is amazing, very nice decoration. The food is not so good, indian style, but we didn't enjoy it, somewhat poor quality.

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OT
5.0Dined on 8 February 2017

I love this bar. Really relaxed at lunch time, much busier in the evening - but both great experiences. Only thing that lets it down is the rude doorman.
Una

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OT
5.0Dined on 24 January 2017

ticks every box, a great place to settle in for the afternoon . . .

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LB
3.0Dined on 29 December 2016

Had the express lunch, the starters were more excellently cooked than the mains this time.
The main courses were good on the whole but the basmati rice portions were on the dry and chewy side. I suspect the kitchen was rather hot and busy and the rice may have been left out uncovered for a bit too long. We did tell our Italian waitress to pass our message to the chef and she did kindly offer to bring us more portions of rice but there was no need as our bellies were happily full.

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OT
5.0Dined on 21 December 2016

My favourite spot in London.The lamb chops are amazing.The setting is great and never disappoints.I took some American friends who were here for Christmas and they loved it.

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2.0Dined on 17 December 2016

Beautiful venue but that's about where it ends. Service was incredibly slow and the drinks horrendously overpriced. £15 a glass for an average wine, you don't pay anywhere near that much for the same drink in a place like The Shard

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5.0Dined on 17 December 2016

Situated in fabulous Rosewood Hotel, relaxed, cosy, great service & food. Would highly recommend.

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OT
5.0Dined on 17 December 2016

A wonderful find. A very warm and sumptuous place to share a meal or drink with attentive staff. I'll be going back...

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5.0Dined on 1 December 2016

Recommended by the Telegraph we agreed with their review that it felt more like being in a Club bar. The indian meal, choice of two or three courses for a set price was outstanding. And good value. The drinks were highly priced though, but service was personal and waitresses charming and had obviously tried the dishes.

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3.0Dined on 24 November 2016

unfortunately when we arrived for our table we were told that in fact no booking had been made. I showed the confirmation on my phone. All the large tables were already reserved and an impromptu table was made up which was over in the corner and very cramped.

When the last member of our team arrived and spoke about our table we were moved to another table (which had now become free). This was slightly better but all very cramped.

The service was quite slow, we waited about 30 mins for our drinks order to be taken and then our food order about 5 mins after that. The food that came up was very nice and the overall feel of the bar is lovely - which is why we went back there.

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4.0Dined on 14 October 2016

Lovely cosy venue and one of my favourites as a regular visitor for either a catch up with friends or business lunch. Food is delicious although if very hungry might have to order two dishes. Drinks are a little expensive so nice to wet the appetite and pop around the corner where a bottle of champers is almost the same price as 2 glasses.

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5.0Dined on 1 October 2016

The service in this very attractive bar was first class. The food also surpassed our expectations. The portions were an excellent size not your usual small and delicate. We will definitely return

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5.0Dined on 1 October 2016

I went there for lunch with my girlfriend. Amazing food, amazing service, the interior design of the place is just amazing. Get mentally ready to spend a lot on drinks cause they are on the expensive side but the place is definitely worth it.

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2.0Dined on 7 September 2016

I phoned in the morning to ask whether any light food (sandwiches, salads, sharing platters) would be available at the bar, as I had noticed that the menu was mainly Indian. I was told that other options were available , but when we got there, they were not. The waitress also really struggled to communicate.

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5.0Dined on 27 August 2016

Beautiful bar with a low-key ambience. Expensive drinks inevitably but the decor certainly merits the prices!

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2016

This is my favourite hangout especially for a catch up and business meetings.

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JU
5.0Dined on 5 August 2016

We have never had an experience like eating at Scarfes. The food, ambiance, and service were spectacular. We asked for special accommodations for medical reasons, and they were extremely receptive and helpful. The food was delicious and plentiful. The prices are high, but Scarfes is worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2016

One of my favourite places to socialise. As an interior designer I appreciate the fabulous furnishings and surroundings. I love the food and everything about it.

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5.0Dined on 5 March 2016

Exquisite and interesting Indian cuisine in an unexpected setting! Walls adorned with Scarfes illustrations, with comfortable and eclectic seating, excellent bar too! Fantastic dishes, some that I haven't seen on a menu in London ever but are terribly authentic, the prawn with kasundi was a treat! Will be back soon!

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EJ
2.0Dined on 2 March 2016

The waiting staff directed one of our party to another table to wait for us despite the fact that we were already there waiting for her. Not very impressed as she was pushed for time and meant that we started our discussion late when we had been waiting for half an hour. The staff when tried to get their attention often rushed past and spent a while talking to someone on a table opposite us. Atmosphere was generally nice though and drinks/snacks provided good other than that.

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5.0Dined on 30 January 2016

Love it! Cool place with the best drinks!

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2.0Dined on 14 January 2016

No member of staff greeted me in this spectacular room. I had to seat myself.

The staff had no knowledge of my booking. I had to showmthem the confirmation email on my phone.

While l waited 10 minutes for my delayed lunch companion, no-one offered me anything except a menu.

When my colleague arrived and we looked at the (one) menu, it turned out to be like a cheap indian - inappropriate for a lunchtime business meal.

We immediately decamped to the sister room across the entrance where the menu was much better and the soup and salad passable.

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DS
5.0Dined on 6 January 2016

Unusual setting and meal. Nice food, will definitely go there again.

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LB
4.0Dined on 30 December 2015

Always good to return to celebrate our Happy Holidays.

The waitresses were all so pretty and attentative to our needs. We particularly liked the sharing platter served on a cricket bat and this was after we scoffed our way through their Indian fusion menu.

The sharing dessert was excellent value to ... compared to the house wine at £11 per 125ml glass but that is to be expected for such a warm and classy
establishment.

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5.0Dined on 19 December 2015

The Rosewood is a fantastic hotel and it's bar does not fail to impress too!

Nice food, fab drinks and the most perfect decor. We will be back on Christmas Eve ... If there is space!

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3.0Dined on 11 December 2015

The food is good without being exceptional and the menu choice quite limited. The atmosphere and decor are good and more characterful than most hotel bars and restaurants. It is worth a visit but probably better for a drink and a snack than a full meal.

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RJ
5.0Dined on 28 November 2015

We really enjoyed Scarfes Bar. It's a beautiful setting with lots of nooks and crannies to hole up in with your favourite person. There was a roaring fire and the illustrations dotted around are hilarious.
The food was superb, one of the best curries I've had and the veggie option was great too. The service was great and I won't hesitate in going back soon.

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4.0Dined on 9 November 2015

I'm under 35! I loved Scarfes, and everything about it EXCEPT the piped music was way too loud and way too different from the ambience the decor, food and service suggests. Please Scarfes, consider people's aural experience and don't assume we like the music chosen by that says restaurant manager. Otherwise this is a sublime place to come.

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TS
5.0Dined on 22 June 2015

Expensive but worth it for a treat every now and then

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2015

I was taken here as a birthday treat for lnch and the food was excellent as was the service and the place itself is beautiful. I will be taking my partner there very soon.

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5.0Dined on 14 January 2015

A beautiful room with great ambience. You are advised to book for evenings later in the week.

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CB
3.0Dined on 10 January 2015

Went there for midafternoon Saturday drinks to catch up with an old friend. Ordered a soft drink at the bar while waiting for her. She showed up quickly, we were given a table, and when I tried to take the Coca-Cola I had just started drinking to the table the bartender said "No no, I'll bring it for you." Okay. So my friend and I go to a very nice spot. Five minutes later a woman comes over and says "Wouldn't you like to go to YOUR table?" "No", I said, "Is this one okay? We're fine, thank you." She says of course and immediately leaves. I can see my Coke sitting on the bar untouched. Five minutes later with no service I flag the hostess again, she seems surprised to see us. She asks if we would like anything. I said sure, I've been waiting for the Coke that I've been watching sit on the bar for the last ten minutes, and my friend would like a coffee for now. She runs and gets the Coke, ten minutes later the coffee arrives. The new server tries to insist the coffee is for me. After that things worked out, but for a deserted bar and an eventual £120 tab based on drinks alone you'd think the service would have been far more on their game. Terrific ambience though.

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4.0Dined on 31 December 2014

Went for lunch for two at Scarfes and was pleasantly surprised. The food is relatively straight forward and expensive for what you receive, however the reason you will go to Scarfes is the setting. Leather chairs and oak panelled walls, give it a homely feel while, The staff are excellent and the wine list very good. I would recommend going for quiet drinks as it gives you the feel of drinking in a country house, rather than the centre of London.

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4.0Dined on 11 December 2014

This is a hotel bar that does fancy bar meals. It's good quality fare, but, as you'd expect on a bar menu, nothing adventurous. Portion sizes aren't huge and so you could get much better value from some of the better pubs in the area.

In particular, if you imagine that it's might be an inexpensive place to grab a meal, you will find yourself sorely mistaken. It's not that the food itself is all that costly (although it isn't cheap). For example, I'm perfectly happy to pay £15 for a cheeseburger, so long as it's a sizeable piece of juicy, flavoursome meat, cooked to perfection, served with crisp double- or triple-cooked chips and a generous salad garnish. For that price at Scarfe's, you get a tasty burger and a few unexceptional fries. Nothing to complain about, but not much to recommend. However, the sting comes as soon as you want a drink: the least expensive wine (which was certainly tasty, but no better than you could easily get for half the price elsewhere) comes in at £45 a bottle.

Setting all that aside, it's the ambience where Scarfe's beats other options nearby: a large bar, with cosy wood, glass, mirrors, a real fireplace, sumptuous seating, warm lighting and wonderful cartoons by Gerald Scarfe that provide a great talking point. The service was attentive and wonderfully courteous. You could happily spend a few hours here, letting the hubbub of London pass by.

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5.0Dined on 21 October 2014

Went for a pre theatre lunch the food was good, Crab Cakes for me with thrice cooked chips and pizza and broccoli for my wife.
Very nice surroundings with Scarfes paintings on one wall of the lounge and we sat next to an open log fire (gas)
I can recommend this place and the next time we are in London this would be one of our stops

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5.0Dined on 4 September 2014

Not much to say here apart from I'd highly recommend this venue for a business meeting, would also be good for a date or evening drinks. The decor is fantastic and grand but the place doesn't feel pretentious. Great staff. All round a lovely surprise, I'll definitely be back and the client I took there told me he'd be using it for his own client meetings in the future!

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J
4.0Dined on 23 July 2014

Lovely curries (particularly the fish curry). Good décor (think gentleman's club) and lovely and cool even on a warm day.

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