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The Courthouse Bar (Bar, Restaurant, Hotel)

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The Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HL
Cuisine: Bar Average Price: £15.00
Tel: 0871-961-7344 ? | Email to The Courthouse Bar | Website | Transport: Oxford Circus | Write review

The Courthouse Bar Review

Best for: Soho cocktails, ex-prison adventures

Great: Indian paneer with capsicum, Dickens Delight cocktail

‘Flush W.C after use. Pull Near Door’ – well that ought to whet your appetite, hey? Although, in this instance, it sure beats ‘Slippery when wet!’. Behold the wall signage of the Courthouse Bar in Soho. On arrival at the Courthouse Bar we were huddled into our very own jail cell. It’s not the place to be for romance, or business meetings, unless you can find some enchantment in old school dunnies. Yes, friends, I bring you the original, the magnificent, the totally awe-inspiring jail cell toilet! The loo is but a token of the many remnants of the original Victorian courthouse jail cells in this now bar which are all pertinent and curious.

Waiting patiently for our cocktail ‘Dickens Delight’ (named in honour of Charles Dickens himself as he was a reporter of the court proceedings here in 1835) we were starting to wonder if the cops were going to do a body searches and handcuff us, but the chances of that happening were about as close as one of the poor prisoners of old would have had of winning a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card. Then we wondered if we would at least get to be undressed and then forced to wear those blue and white stripes. Not even.

It was quiet for a Saturday night ... but not unfriendly. We were most delighted when we managed to catch the eye of a regular, and lure him into our not-so-dull den. Although not in favour of taking the throne in this case, he described the Courthouse Bar as a “wonderful establishment”. We also learnt that the staff turnover is very low, and current staff have maintained their posts since opening 5 years ago. The ultimate testament to a very well run business. When I finally did decide to visit the ladies’ lav down the hall, I noticed that all the cells were full, thereby speaking for the ‘lack’ of customers at the bar. The cells are popular, there is no doubt.

Sadly, our friend didn’t stay long (maybe we were just not bad enough for him), as this bar is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks or a few pre-party pops. And even the odd snack or two. I was most endeared towards the paneer (Indian cheese) with capsicum on sticks. I’d also recommend tickling the tongue with the tikka chicken on kebabs.

Eventually, the time came to make our escape. And as we touched freedom again, with a sigh and a glance, we realised our experience in prison rocked; jailhouse rocked. Toodle’loo’.
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Philippa Morton

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The Courthouse Bar Opening Hours

Monday: 11:00am - 11:45pm Friday: 11:00am - 11:45pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 11:45pm Saturday: 11:00am - 11:45pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:45pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 11:45pm    

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The Courthouse Bar Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Bar
  • Average Price: £15.00

The Courthouse Bar Food Menu

The bar serves a range of light dishes including canapés and platters to share.

Updated 31/01/2008

Item Description Price
Prawn Cocktail Last meal for some, as traditional as can be £ 7.95
Meat Platter Chicken Lollypops, Duck Spring roll, chicken tikka, Chorizo £ 16.95

The Courthouse Bar Drinks Menu

The bar serves a wide range of Spirits, Cocktails and Champagnes. The drinks range from Beer/Wine priced at £4.50,Cocktails priced at £9.00 to Dom Perignon Brut 1996 Champagne priced at £180.00.

Updated 31/01/2008

The Courthouse Bar Hire Details

Name: Listed Prison Cells
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 8
Notes: Featuring the original prison cell blocks as cosy VIP rooms, The Bar is popular for both evening drinks or social gatherings and as a casual meeting spot through-out the day.
Name: The Bar
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 300
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 70
Notes: Minimum Spend fluctuates from £300 onwards depending on the number of people as well as the timings and day of the week.

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