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Mark Hix made his name through minimalist cooking using superb ingredients, and this approach reaches an extreme at Tramshed, where chicken and steak dominate the menu. The high-ceilinged dining room, a former tram electricity power station, resembles a smart canteen – albeit one where two dramatic Damian Hirst artworks rule the roost, with Cock and Bull (a tank containing the two animals submerged in formaldehyde) floating above the room. The tapas-style starters (such as cock and bull croquettes and ham hock terrine) offer more variation than the mains. Juicy whole chickens come upended on a board, but half portions are available, as is a piri-piri option where the sauce has a sweet, rounded heat. Succulent steaks in rib-eye, sirloin or porterhouse cuts are seared to perfection, and for pudding, salted caramel fondue with doughnuts and cloud-like marshmallows is a showstopper. Most readers agree: “food, service, ambience, location, all spot on!”


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Mark Hix

Chef, restaurateur and contemporary-art lover Mark Hix was a champion of great British ingredients long before it became fashionable. He spent the best part of two decades as chef-director of Caprice Holdings before opening his first solo restaurant Hix Oyster & Chop House in Farringdon in 2008. His rapidly expanding empire currently numbers eight eateries, including Hix Mayfair, Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis and his chicken and steak concept Tramshed.

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