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Judge and Jury at the Courthouse Hotel

SEEN is very intrigued by the Courthouse Hotel (once the Old Magistrates’ Court, housing infamous villains such as the Kray Twins), which has launched a new restaurant, appropriately named Judge & Jury, and has also presented the Jailhouse Bar on Monday 13th March, for your delectation. Already host to the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, the Courthouse Hotel seems set to become a destination experience in itself.

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Intended as a refreshing take on British fine-dining, the trendy hotel, situated in the heart of Shoreditch introduces a new concept and menu, launching officially next month, with 50% discount on food for the soft launch phase in March. Leave court-room formality behind and indulge in simple yet refined comfort food classics at Judge & Jury; the freshest of British produce combined with an atmosphere of relaxation and sophistication.

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From starters of Lime Marinated Scallops with Heritage Beets, Pickled Cucumber and Feta and Cornish Crab Croquettes with Spiced Pineapple Salsa to mains of Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Pressed Confit Leg or Rump of Lamb with Rosemary and Mustard, with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Cavolo Nero, the new menu is perfect for those wishing to sample an eclectic mix of delicious dishes in the comfort and luxury of one of London’s top hotels.

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Guests will find themselves surrounded by leather-bound law journals and courtroom memorabilia, evoking centuries of British legal history, that exist within the hotel walls.

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The Jailhouse Bar is situated on the hotel’s ground floor, and includes private cells where once-infamous prisoners were held while awaiting trial, including the Kray brothers. The Jailhouse Bar serves as a relaxed lounge area throughout the day, perfect for meetings and coffees, and then transforms into an after-work hub for those looking to unwind with a drink or two, post 5pm.

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The innovative, cocktail-led drinks menu features in-house infusions, tinctures and syrups, while the bartenders are always at the ready to serve up great craft ales, varied and interesting wine selections, premium spirits and classic mixers. Guests can also enjoy a delicious offering of street-inspired small plates, alongside their drink of choice, courtesy of the bar’s innovative grazing menu.

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Jailhouse Bar specialises in creative cocktail offerings, such as the Ball and Chain Cocktail – made from Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and orange marmalade, with the “chain” being a shot of Prosecco. Also available is the Solitary, a heavenly mixture of Havana 3yr and Havana 7yr rum, lime juice, dark chocolate liqueur, red chilli and charged up with ginger beer; and Liquid Cosh, featuring Eagle Rare, Grand Marnier, apple juice, fresh kumquats, apricot jam and served over crushed ice with a fresh slice of kumquat.

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Later, the lights dim at Jailhouse Bar and the DJs take the stage, playing everything from covers of modern hits and old school R&B, to reggae and even salsa. The atmosphere transforms to one of excitement and electricity, making it a great destination for those who are looking to let loose and have some fun at the weekend.

Hotel Photography Jarek Klocinski

The Jailhouse Bar will also offer the quintessentially British staple of Afternoon Tea every day from 12pm. Freshly prepared sandwiches, delicious pastries, and gently warmed scones will be served alongside homemade preserves and clotted cream to honour this timeless tradition, alongside a glass of pink champagne to add a light-hearted and contemporary touch. SEEN is looking forward to visiting and will report back.

Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch
335-337 Old St

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