The verdict is in: Judge & Jury at the Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch

If you’re looking for a sophisticated atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation over a pleasant meal without having to shout, Judge & Jury is a great choice.

Sitting in what was once the courtroom of the Grade II-listed Old Street Magistrate’s Court, diners are surrounded by rich, wood panelling and some courtroom memorabilia. There’s a lot of history to the building itself and the Krays stood in this very room at their first criminal hearing back in 1965. Leaving the past aside, let’s get onto the food.

The menu covers all the usual bases (fish, meat, chicken, veggie) and we felt it had just the right amount of choice. We had a bottle of House Red (Le Troubadour) alongside rib-eye and chicken mains with a duck breast starter and a side of broccoli, which, I am happy to say, was not over-cooked. Portions were generous but not overwhelming and the food was tasty indeed. We skipped dessert and finished with an espresso to round out the evening.

The service was excellent and our waiter was helpful yet unobtrusive. Prices are not exactly inexpensive, but certainly not overpriced, with a very reasonably priced wine list, and our meal came to £77 excluding service.

Hotel restaurants can often serve merely as a convenient and – dare I say – rather bland stop-off for guests, so it’s refreshing to find one on our doorstep that has some character and personality.

Judge & Jury
The Courthouse Hotel
335–337 Old Street

T: 020 3310 5555

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FB:  @Courthousehotelshoreditch

Sun – Mon: 12.00 – 17.00
Tue – Sat: 12:00 – 23:00 (last order 22:30)

Starters from £6.50
Mains from £14.50
Sides: £4.50
House Wine from £20.50, £6.50/glass
Desserts from £6.00

Images courtesy of The Courthouse Hotel