Hardy’s Brasserie & Wine Bar review
A neighbourhood favourite, Hardy’s Brasserie & Wine Bar has been Marylebone’s best kept secret for the last thirty years. This family owned and run restaurant offers classic British dishes alongside seasonal brasserie staples in a charming series of inter-linked rooms. Set just off of Chiltern Street, between Baker Street and Marylebone High Street, Hardy’s has a continental, Parisian feel – stripped mahogany floors, claret velvet banquettes, antique vases spilling over with flowers, Aubrey Beardsley murals – it is charming but unaffected, suitable for business meetings, lunches and dinners as well as personal celebrations; the five rooms can be booked privately in any combination, seating 5 to 160.
From the outside, Hardy’s is handsome – bottle green and glossy with highlights of gold , a full scale Union Jack proudly flying from a jutting pole (though the owner is Swedish/Basque). The main Brasserie Room (seating 48) with its bare tables or linen has a wall of large windows making the room airy and bright. The bar at one end provides a focal point, with stained glass, Dutch lamps and a Verona marble top. The Green Room (seating 12) – a side room of the Brasserie – with its thick green and white striped paint is ideal for a small party that still wants to feel the buzz of the main restaurant yet not be overheard by other diners. It features a collection of interesting old menus collected by the restaurant’s founder Nick De Bastarrechea.
Continuing round from the main Brasserie is the Restaurant (seating 25) – with white linen table cloths, giving it a slightly more formal feel than the Brasserie, but otherwise similar in style, decorated with Ruskin Spear and Patrick Proctor prints. The Library (seating 16) houses an eclectic array of books – a personal collection from an antiquarian book dealer –a stained glass window and some antique rugs. With one large table, it’s the most private place in the restaurant and therefore ideal for relaxed yet confidential meetings or a quiet dinner with friends.
Finally, below the restaurant is Underbar, a vaulted cellar with a complete with private bar, old piano, church pews, and PA system. Ideal for parties that want music, its red neon light defines it as a different space to the rest of Hardy’s. Events at Hardy’s are totally flexible; the owner/manager Dominique makes it her business to ensure her guests are happy. There’s no room hire charge, and food and drink are tailored to meet all budgets. A supper license means drinks can be served till midnight.