On Trial at the Judge & Jury, The Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch
May 15, 2017
The Judge & Jury is a brand new restaurant housed in the gorgeous Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch. Last year, the hotel underwent a £40 million renovation of the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and police station and has been transformed into a stunning five-star hotel with an incredible bar and restaurant within.
As we walked into the grand space, we were met with a sprawling double staircase that leads up to the hotel area. We were whisked away into the Jailhouse bar for some top notch cocktails before dinner. The jailbird reference features throughout the bar – think handcuffed Mona Lisa and Darth Vader’s mugshot framed behind bars. It was a stark contrast to the Grade II-listed building’s period features including the original courtroom wood panelling and stained glass windows. It is a superbly special spot to have drinks in an and ideal for a date night – it just feels special in there.
But on to the drinks – which were the real stars of the show. The bartenders are incredibly creative and can whip up creative tipples at the snap of a finger. We had our pick from any of the delightful concoctions on the menu. My dining companion opted for the Passion Jack Martini served in a gorgeous vintage coupette. I went for something off menu – a heady tipple called the Strange Feeling – a mix of spicy rum, tequila, almond syrup, agave nectar, and floating Jaeger in an egg that slowly drips out into the cocktail – it’s a stunner and a drink that is sure to help you unwind!
After a few cocktails, we made our way into the Judge & Jury restaurant for dinner. It was quite a majestic setting with a stained glass dome ceiling and gorgeous chandeliers. For starters, we indulged in the Slow Cooked Pork Belly with spiced squash puree and kale alongside the Cornish Crab Croquette with red chilli and pineapple salsa. The pork belly was tender, juicy and full of flavour. Pork belly is really difficult to master, and although there was a tiny bit of fat not quite rendered down fully, it was a succulent and delicious dish. The Cornish crab croquette was flavourful and the red chilli and pineapple salsa added some delicious heat. A really strong start to our lovely dinner.
For mains, we enjoyed the Duck Breast, confit pressed leg, pear, walnut, blue cheese and truffle oil – wow what a dish! The combination of duck and blue cheese was quite interesting and one I’ve never had before but it worked so well combined with the pear and walnut. Salty, sweet and delicious. We also enjoyed the Black Cod with wild mushrooms, puy lentil and double cream fricassee. The fish was perfectly cooked and the wild mushrooms and lentils paired really well with the fish. The dish was made a bit on the heavy side with the cream fricassee but I have to say, regardless of the density of the dish, I loved it! It would be best suited to a really cold winter night when you want something hearty and thick.
Nearly too full for dessert, but decided ‘hey, ‘it’s cheat day’, we shared the Whisky tart with vanilla ice cream and the Figs Parfait with Almond Tuille – both of which were beautifully presented and was the perfect way to end our meal on a sweet note.
The jury has spoken and the verdict is in: The Courthouse Hotel, restaurant and bar is magnificent! The perfect place to go for a dazzling date night or a fun night out for cocktails and dinner with girlfriends. The service is great, food is delicious and the cocktails – well, they were just superb. An all around phenomenal venue for an impressive evening out.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Colleen Monaghan