The Harcourt, London’s ‘Little Scandinavia’ will be hosting Midsommar; a tradition dating back to the 1500s, celebrating the sun and Sweden’s lightest day of the year, this June. The evening will see the three-course menu paired with an Akvavit tasting selection and Midsommar cocktail on arrival. Click here to reserve a table.
Midsommar is a chance for friends and family to come together and enjoy each other’s company whilst honoring the rhythms of nature. This will be reflected at The Harcourt with a menu running from Monday 18th – Saturday 30th June, designed by Finish Head Chef Kimmo Makkonen (The Avenue, The Greenhouse, Orrery) and priced at £40 per head.
A floral-inspired Midsommar cocktail will get the evening off to a fine start, pairing olive oil washed Gin, Crème de Violette, Lemon, Maraschino and homemade Rose Bitters in a twist on the classic cocktail ‘Aviation’. Once, seated, traditional dishes will feature, with The Harcourt’s Homemade Gravadlax served with Potato Salad to start and Swedish Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes to follow; made from a secret family recipe. To finish, Blueberry Cheesecake will be served with a pistachio cream; balancing sweet yet sharp notes.
Accompanying the set menu is a carefully paired Akvavit selection. Bar Manager Kenny Pajaziti will be serving The Harcourt’s own in-house Akvavit with the starter, made from Reyka vodka with caraway seeds, cardamom, pink peppercorns and then added with rosemary and fill at a later stage of infusion. Linie Akvavit will complement the main course with flavours derived from the oak barrels that it is matured in, which previously held Oloroso sherry. This gives the spirit its distinctive golden colour. Hallands Flader Akvavit will be the final drink pairing; mild and flowery in character it’s flavoured with elderberry for an elegant and subtly sweet flavour.
Established in 1826 as The Harcourt Arms, this Grade II listed five-story Georgian townhouse reopened its doors last year, fast becoming a haven the London’s Scandinavian expat community. The light-filled rooms of The Harcourt are the ideal destination for the most important event in the Swedish calendar and the beautiful conservatory at the heart of the restaurant is a botanical haven in the spirit of Midsommar.