Balls Brothers’ Bury Court, has undergone a bit of a revamp and we went to check out what’s happening in the shadow of the Gherkin…
Bury Court sits at the foot of the Gherkin and is one of Balls Brothers many venues, but without that chain vibe. Their recent overhaul has seen it go from gastro pub meets gentlemen’s lounge to something a bit more appealing to the ladies of the city. Being the only guy amongst a table of women, and all enjoying ourselves thoroughly, I can confidently say that Bury Court has succeeded in it’s unisex approach!
The open kitchen, warehouse tiles and low lighting make the whole place quite intimate and on the mid week evening that we went it was a full house – so expect a good atmosphere.
We kicked off with a taster of their revamped cocktail menu, not before appreciating the actual menus which looked great and were really helpful in picking just the right cocktail. If only every bar had handy graphs to aid your decision making! Shaky Petes Ginger Brew, “designed to pay homage to the classic drinks culture of London” came recommended and didn’t disappoint. Whilst some of the more spicy concoctions didn’t fail to live up to their descriptions either! Expect a kick!
The food menu is made up of some hearty staple dishes such as the Cut of the day (Sirloin on the evening we went) and Fish Pie as well as some more ‘adventurous’ dishes that really play with flavours such as the Black pudding and potato hash with a free range poached egg and tomato hollandaise or the Braised pig cheeks and scallops.
The whole menu is pretty reasonably priced so you have no excuse other than the size of your belly to not fit in dessert! If you do, then the Chocolate fondant comes highly recommended!
And as an added bonus, if you thought Bury Court was just an after-work spot for city workers to neck a quick pint, they offer Master classes to brush up on your Gin, Whiskey or Fortified Wine knowledge!