The Court is part of the Scream chain and creates a playground for grown-ups with kooky cartoons, wacky menus and huge vats of alcohol.
Tottenham Court Road is the location of this informal pub. As part of the notorious Scream chain, you'll spot the Court by the big yellow dot on the facade and the youthful crowd that fill its window tables. There is a fair bit of space inside, with a large bar
running across the back wall, and its shape means that as well as large group tables, more intimate positions are tucked around corners and behind partitions. The look is a thinly veiled hook to the local student fraternity, who are apparently easily
attracted by funny menus, suggestible slogans and cartoons painted directly onto the walls. It's different at least and belongs to its own world where it neither matches the classic, hip or gastro pretenders that make up a lot of its competition. The
soft fairy lights, cushions and bright colours are comforting and it’s all a little like a rites of passage for late teens, easing the transition from student to the real world.
The Court offers a welcome to all but predictably attracts a young crowd of students and tourists. This reliable patronage keeps the tables busy during the day and even more so at night when the music is turned up and the whole place rapidly evolves into
something akin to a union bar. It makes for a good place to watch sport and with all its corners and fairy lights you could even use it for a cheap and cheerful date.
Apart from the quirky rewording of new menu to 'moo' menu, the cartoon cow on the chalkboard has little else out of the ordinary to show you. The list of burgers is long and there are things like Swiss cheese, bacon or pineapple to stuff in alongside your
patty (£3.50- £5.95). Generally it's standard pub food at very cheap prices and meals like sausage and mash and fish and chips are only £4.50 each, with a two meals for £6 deal available all-day. There are also plenty of snacks and desserts.
The Court serves shots by the load and so it makes total sense to have a Jaigermeister dispenser behind the bar alongside other exotically coloured spirits. Wine, beer and bottles are all cheaper if you sign up for a Yellow Card, which costs a nominal fee
to start off with. The draught lagers that you can save on are Grolsch, Fosters, Carlsberg, Carling and Stella, Hoegaarden and Magner’s. Without a discount card the pints start at £2.55, so if its good value you’re after, you’re in the right place.
The Last Word
The Court is a lighthearted pub that swerves any affected extravagance to create a simple place that’s doesn’t take itself seriously.