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Mark Hix’s Tramshed sets out to make an immediate ‘jaw-dropping’ impact, and it’s hard to take your eyes off Damien Hirst’s dramatic centrepiece of a chicken astride a cow (nicknamed ‘Roberta’ by
the staff). But the food is also worthy of attention, even if the menu is limited to just two main items: choose from deeply savoury, crisp-skinned chickens impaled on a spike (with feet still
attached) or ‘mighty-marbled’ steaks that are on a par with the capital’s best. Starters might bring coley croquettes or a ‘mammoth’ Yorkshire pudding with a side dish of creamy cauliflower purée
for dipping, while ‘outstanding’ puds could include raspberry-ripple cheesecake or a salted caramel fondue to share, complete with dunking doughnuts and marshmallows. Some readers gripe about the
‘cold’ ambience, but Tramshed shows no signs of going off the rails.
Tramshed is a massive open warehouse style restaurant with a inversely small menu. Yet, while it only does a few things, it does them very well. The open air layout gives the feeling of dining al fresco while hiding you away from the elements. All the staff were polite with our waitress being both hilarious and attentive. While it’s not cheap, Tramshed is a reasonable place to head out for a dinner with good friends with 3 courses plus wine ringing in around £45pp.This is one of Mark Hix’s restaurants and his touch is evident in the style and quality of the food. Of course, it’s hard to miss the giant cow and chicken which makes up the centrepiece of the restaurant. It’s strangely not off putting as you’d think (given it’s a massive tank of formaldehyde) and adds something to the serenity of the space...
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The Damien Hirst centre-piece really sums up this restaurant. A cock and bull preserved in formaldehyde is raised above the diners in the heart of the room. Quite the statement. Just like the menu, which offers nothing more than steak or chicken. How you feel about Damien Hirst will likely reflect how you feel about Tramshed. Either you’ll think he’s a genius who is at the forefront of modern thinking. Or...
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Tramshed appeared last year as another page to Mark Hix’s extensive portfolio. Situated on the desirable Rivington street. Tramshed sits ominously amongst the other buildings. Behind its door is no less of a sight. Almost floor to ceiling white tiles, long spanning bar and of course the lesser spotted Damien Hirst cock and bull sits above your head...
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