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Curious passers-by peer through the window to catch a glimpse of Damien Hirst’s ‘Cock and Bull’ installation housed in chef/art collector Mark Hix’s Tramshed. They should brave it and go on in; allcomers are welcome at this cavernous industrial space where Hix serves seriously sourced chicken and steak – crowd-pleasers both – to solo diners at the bar, rowdy parties in capacious booths, and everyone in between. In less capable hands, Tramshed would be a fail-safe ‘yawn’ of a concept, but Hix’s menu goes beyond salt-aged Glenarm beef and roast barn-reared chooks into lively international territory. To wit, whipped chicken livers served with an enormous duck-fat Yorkshire pud (as a British alternative to brioche), American-style bone-in rib and slaw, a fearsomely hot curry, and a no-airs-and-graces raspberry cheesecake – not that anything will lure the lunchtime crowd away from their steak sandwiches. Wines and cocktails are credible rather than posey.
This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about Tramshed in Shoreditch. I first went a couple of years ago for New Years Eve with Tim. We wanted a nice dinner with good grub that wasn’t too fancy, and this ticked all the boxes!You may know of Tramshed because of its controversial/awesome art display in the centre of the restaurant by Damien Hirst, featuring a whole cow, with a chicken riding on the top, preserved in formaldehyde solution, known as ‘The Cock and Bull’. Not for the faint hearted, but an impressive feature...
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Last weekend I was lucky enough to be treated to a top-notch meal at the Tramshed in East London. Celebrity chef Mark Hix opened the doors to his 150-seat restaurant in 2012 which is situated inside the old electricity generating station for the London Tramway System.The menu follows a strict chicken and steak theme which is reflected in the restaurant’s interior. Showcasing specially commissioned artwork from Damien Hirst, including the infamous ‘Cock and Bull’ (2012) – a Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde! It’s an impressive space to dine in to say the least!...
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You’re probably aware, along with the rest of the world, that celebrated chef Mark Hix has turned a disused tram shed (from 1905 don’t you know) into a chicken and steak restaurant in Shoreditch. You may or may not also be aware that there is a Damien Hirst formaldehyde-encased cow standing on a huge pillar in the centre of the room, with a large cock perched on its back. It’s definitely a novel way to stand out. Arriving ridiculously early for a birthday party having just picked up our wedding rings (eek!) Ian and I settled down at the bar to while away the time. He had a zombie and I went for a Temperley...
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