Gerald Scarfe, renowned British artist and caricaturist has lent his name and artistic vision to Scarfes Bar where his completed artwork now hangs. The collection of amusing and conversation-provoking paintings, highlighting his best work, adorn the marble walls turning Scarfes Bar into a living canvas, described by Gerald as “my personal art gallery, where you can see my life on walls”. Gerald’s collection of original and one-off paintings, now a permanent feature in the bar, add a unique twist and depict well-known historical and famous faces recounting the colourful history of the United Kingdom in Gerald’s witty and satirical style.
Scarfes Bar, inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentleman’s club, features a roaring fire, a collection of cosy velvet armchairs and shelves filled with over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antiques dealer. A creative menu of cocktails and complimentary live music seven nights a week add to the conviviality and certainly give true meaning to the phrase ‘get scarfed’ at Gerald’s eponymous bar where potions and paintings meet.
Palash Mitra, head chef at Scarfes Bar, has created a delicious menu of curries and kebabs – these authentic, yet simple dishes include a mixture of local ingredients and those sourced further afield from a fair trader in India who coordinates a small number of premium spice growers. The lunch menu at Scarfes Bar offers a selection of culinary delights including the Memne Chaanp (Lamb Chops with Ginger and Mint) and Aloo Gobhi Mattar (Cauliflower, Marrowfat Peas and Potatoes, Asafoetida and Coriander) to name but a few. For evenings, the focus is on Indian bar snacks inspired by English pub favourites.
The bartenders are true craftspeople, adept at everything from advising on beers and matching wines to preparing specially-curated cocktails, some of which are poured from a stunning silver urn that takes centre stage on the long wooden bar. With over 200 single malts and a rare specialisation in sloe gin –including the hotel’s own label of the supremely British spirit– Scarfes Bar is a must-visit in the heart of Holborn.
Available to hire daily for private use for up to 120 guests between 7:00 and 11:00 a.m., hold a breakfast meeting or talk and discover a true sense of place and style in this unique venue.