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DUE TO REOPEN AUTUMN 2017
In an area of Maida Vale needing fresh blood, theatre producer Andrew Fishwick and his wife worked wonders by transforming the once-knackered Truscott Arms into a charming gastropub. Winning several accolades and building a strong reputation as one of London's best, all the hard work came crashing down in 2016 when it closed due to rent increases. The Truscott Arms was given a new lease of life when it was bought in early 2017 however, with the intention of reopening as a gastropub once again. The new owner is restaurant/food consultant Chris Barber, a former chef to Prince Charles. Occupying a five-storey Victorian building, the place announces itself with a light ground-floor bar while the first-floor dining room is home to the gastro action.
The term “gastro-pub” is much over used and often under delivers. Not so in the case of The Truscott Arms, the independently owned pub in Maida Vale. I was introduced to The Truscott Arms by the lovely Lucy, my partner in crime on many a gastronomic adventure, shortly after it opened in 2013.They have hosted a party for me in their spacious function rooms and I have enjoyed many leisurely Sunday lunches, peaceful breakfasts (mainly when my son has been at a nearby activity or party) and have even stumbled across the weekly pub quiz!
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As we walk up to the pub, there is a little three-piece combo playing outside and the aftermath of a wedding party on the ground floor. Lots of relentlessly middle-class types braying and blocking the route to the staircase leading to the restaurant. C’s face spurs me on to sharp-elbow my way through.An oasis of calm awaits on the first floor of this bright large Victorian pub. The décor is quirky/traditional and they have clearly been to a decent lighting supplier as they have those Ingo Maurer wall lights, the ones that look like a light bulb surrounded by angel wings. Tip: if there are four of you, ask for...
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