Renna's Discoveries: Marcus Wareing's Tredwell's Restaurant in London

Friday, March 18, 2016

Marcus Wareing's Tredwell's Restaurant in London

I've always loved food, but I'm not the most creative of people so trying to make a plate of food look like a piece of art, I've never mastered. Not like the current English Master Chef Judge Marcus Wareing. I've always been a fan...ever since the days that we realised Gordan Ramsey was labelled the Chef from Hell on a TV programme called Boiling Point where Marcus was his Sous Chef. I actually remember watching the programme thinking how could anyone work with Gordan Ramsey, he's a complete brute. But, then when I worked in kitchens and hotels, I actually realised why he is the way he is. There is an amazing amount of pressure in the kitchen, and as they say, If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. This is very true, and this is why I left the kitchens and went into hotel sales instead. I've followed Marcus's TV career ever since then.
In 2014 Marcus opened his latest restaurant - Tredwell's. So, naturally, it went on 'The List'. It is overseen by his Group Director - Chantelle Nicholson and in 2015 it won AA's Restaurant of The Year in London. Well.....that just says it all doesn't it!
When it's my birthday, I like to go to a nice restaurant for dinner, I'm so over going out clubbing, I just want to actually remember my night and remember the food. 
So, we booked up, just myself and my two best friends Miss M & Miss E to travel into London on a Saturday night for an early dinner on the 5th March. We booked via Bookatable as it was advertised as £25 for three courses including a Bellini for 6.30pm. You can't go wrong can you. The price is amazing. 
Tredwell's is literally less than a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square, so its nice and easy to get to. It's also a matter of metres from the theatres, so you can go for pre-theatre dinner at a great price too. 

I'm really sorry, but I couldn't take photos of the outside myself, and if I did, I wouldn't have done it any justice. Its amazing!! 
I liked the big door leading into the entrance and the reception desk is right inside the door. So they check you in and escort you to your table. Now, I just want to let you know, that when you walk in, you will notice the most amazing clock first of all, and then when you walk into the bar area, your first impressions is that its got a slight 50's feel about it. Leather booths and high leather stalls by the bar. Somewhere you could sit for a very long time watching the barmen do their thing and just soaking up the atmosphere. The bar is stunning.
I couldn't take photos of the restaurant, as it was packed with diners at every single table apart from one, and I didn't think anyone would appreciate me taking photos of them all. So here are a couple of photos from their website to give you an idea of how it looks.
We walked through the bar and up to the mezzanine floor where you have the best view of the clock and the very vintage feel of the place. 
We all loved how it was decorated, and the quirky extras, like the old radios on the wall and the mirrors that are old and mottled. We couldn't fault it, and for us, that's a miracle.

So, now, I'm going to show you what we ate, and then when you have finished reading this post...get yourself booked in.
 Here's our menu, and of course, it was a difficult decision as we wanted to taste it all. However, my friends ordered the ravioli and I ordered the Cod for our starters.
Whilst sitting at our table I noticed the waiters area and the Signed Book I said to my friends, that I'd love his book one day.
 The!! We all tasted each others, and they were all too delicious, I'm surprised we didn't just down them in one. Maybe it was the restaurant that made us sip them slowly, I don't know, but we could have happily drank these all night. I'm not sure what would have happened. Gorgeous arn't they.
 Here's my starter: Smoked cod rillettes, confit egg yolk, black olive caramel and extra toast on the side. I have to admit, I was worried when I saw it, as gorgeous as it is I wasn't sure if I'd like it. But, my mouth is watering just thinking about it now. I've never had anything like this, and certainly not with an egg yolk cooked this way. It truly was delicious. Perfect in every way.
 My friends tucked straight into their raviolis that I didn't get chance to take a picture of the beautiful display. They said it was amazing and would have happily eaten another one.
So next our mains came. My friend Miss M had the Slow Cooked Sea Bream, Jerusalem artichoke and baked lemon.
Miss M said it was beautifully cooked and so tender that it just melted in her mouth. I was quite jealous as I love Sea Bream, however I opted for the Corn fed chicken (because I do have sea bream nearly every time we go out....)
 This is before I poured sauce all around it. You know when you eat something and your whole body just relaxes with delight...well, this happened to me. I enjoyed every single mouthful, and would have this again, any day, any time.
My friend Miss E, has chips when we go out, as its a treat. Although, she has been disappointed with her triple cooked chips in the past at some restaurants, but this time she was extremely impressed. They look really good don't they. So our sides were the chips and a rocket and kale salad.
 Then to finish we all chose the Salted caramel with honey comb. I really enjoyed mine and ate the lot, very slowly to savour each mouthful. Yes, it was very salty and you could taste the salt, so if this is not your thing the rhubarb and ginger cake looked really good. Yes, we were spying every other tables food too. One gentleman had the largest cut of meat on his plate, and we missed whether he had actually eaten it all, but then we realised that he had gone from sitting very upright when it arrived, to then relaxing back into his booth when it was taken away. So we reckon he ate the lot and you could tell he was very happy with it. We saw the kids menu too, I know my kids would have eaten with no problems. Every single we dish we saw we wanted to try. We loved what we had but we kept getting food envy.
I also just want to say that the staff were incredibly attentive and all very happy. Everyone was treated the same and they all looks very professional.
 Then after our desserts we all had a tea or a coffee and then this little surprise come out.....aaaahhhhh thank you everyone.
 We loved Tredwell's and I know that you will too. We all agreed that it is somewhere you could go numerous times and be impressed and eat well every time. The prices are not extortionate, they are very reasonable for what you get. Beautiful setting with beautiful and extremely tasty food.

To finish off, my friend Miss M gave me this on my birthday which was on the 9th March. How she did it, I do not know.....but she's amazing !!

So, here's my Thank You to Marcus Wareing for taking the time in signing a book just for me and for being an amazing inspirational Chef. xxxx

Tredwell's - 4a Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9NY - 02037640840
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