With Christmas just around the corner, the hard working people of London are keen to find the best venues for a well-earned winter knees-up. Eager to suggest the best party venues, we embarked on a fact-finding tour of the City. While navigating the alleyways near Bank, we found Harry’s Bar and Brasserie on Ironmonger lane; a swish independent restaurant with a welcoming feel. We were new to this venue, so the charming host was happy to give us a guided tour to help us gain a little party inspiration.
Harry’s Bar is set over two floors. At ground level we found a cosy bar area and a tastefully decorated dining room. The walls were adorned with artwork, plush leather seating lined the room and a glass partition offered diners a peaceful zone in which to enjoy their meals. (more on that later). The lower ground floor had a more expansive feel. There’s plenty of space for a large gathering which accommodates diners, drinkers and dancers alike. There’s even a canopied outdoor courtyard which allows smokers to pop outside and peer through the window as their friends make merry inside. Areas can be reserved, the lower ground floor can be hired exclusively, or the whole venue can be hired, offering potential for parties of all sizes.
Hungry from all this research, we chose to sample their menu too.
A selection of warm artisan bread and a generous portion of olives was delivered as we made our choices. We tasted the tempura salt & pepper chilli squid, which came delicately seasoned and wrapped in a light golden batter. The yellow fin tuna carpaccio was a beautifully presented starter. Dressed with quail egg, baby capers and anchovies, it was picture perfect and tasty to boot.
We couldn’t resist the grilled Scottish rib-eye steak. It came pleasingly juicy and we honoured it with creamed spinach and a portion of truffle macaroni cheese for added opulence. It was delicious and warming on a winter’s eve. We also sampled the homemade seafood linguini, which came packed with fish and bathed in a rich white wine and herb sauce.
With barely any space for dessert, we shared the Harry’s Bar classic Tiramisu. This heavenly pudding beautifully combined indulgent creaminess with boozy marsala and fresh raspberries. We’re glad our waitress talked us into ordering it. Harry’s Bar also offers a selection of set menus and a variety of Christmas packages aimed at impressing your guests.
We found Harry’s Bar to be welcoming, hospitable and bursting with potential to host great parties and private dining events for small and large groups. To enquire about Harry’s Bar for your event, or for other great venue ideas in the City of London, get in touch with the team at Flavour Venue Search.