Tredwells

4A Upper St Martin's Lane , London, WC2H 9NY

020 3641 0660

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6 reviews

43 British Covent Garden

SquareMeal Review of Tredwells

An accessible take on Marcus Wareing’s high-end cooking, Tredwells is ”perfect for couples, clients and friends alike”. Although the original small-plates menu has been replaced by a standard three courses, it’s still easy to share: our goats’ cheese and heritage tomato salad showcased decent ingredients, while a spicy, smoky starter of harissa-glazed aubergine got its kicks from chilli and coriander. To follow, slow-cooked beef short-rib falls off the bone and briny-fresh mackerel is paired with lentils. Some visitors feel let down by a lack of wow factor (“I expect a bit more from Marcus Wareing”), but we’re with those who rate the “extremely good-value” pre-theatre menu, weekend brunch, “amazing cocktails” and commendable wines by the glass and carafe. Named after the butler in Agatha Christie’s novel The Seven Dials Mystery, Tredwells is spread over three floors with attractive vintage styling and genial service throughout.

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Tredwells is recommended for

Fun | Counter Dining

Special offers

4 course seasonal menu and a gin and tonic: £33

Available for bookings of up to 8 guests. Non-alcoholic alternative available.

From: 25 May 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

2 courses and a cocktail: £25

From a set menu.

From: 12 July 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Covent Garden Tube Station 160m

Leicester Square Tube Station 203m

Address

Address: 4A Upper St Martin's Lane , London WC2H 9NY

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5-10pm (Fri-Sat -11pm Sun -9pm)

Nearby Landmarks

The Photographer's Gallery 52m

St. Martins Theatre 71m

Details

Telephone: 020 3641 0660

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Cuisine: British

6.8

Food & Drink: 6.5

Service: 8.5

Atmosphere: 7.2

Value: 6.3

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Amy M. gold reviewer 09 March 2017

I first discovered Tredwells at Taste of London a couple of summers ago. My dad and I enjoyed our amuse bouches so much we went back for a second dish, so I was very excited by the bargain set menu of £30 (only available until 1800) as a way in to try a reasonably expensive joint without an expense account. Well. What a disaster. From start to finish. I had a giant raviolo stuffed with ham hock to start, into which I can only presume that they had dropped an entire box of salt into the stuffing as to render it entirely inedible. OK. Accidents happen and they did offer to replace it, but I don't imagine they are making each set of stuffing individually so I took the option to forgo. It did not improve from there. The second course came out absolutely stone cold. At first, I thought mine was supposed to be tepid as the sea bass was cooked sous vide and never the hottest, but my friend had ordered the pork fillet and was the first to point it out. So poor Guiseppe (our lovely and charming waiter) returned them to the kitchen for fresh ones. They did come out hot. That is about the only good thing I can say about the dishes. The braised fennel was so stringy it could have come from an old guitar, the fish was relatively tasteless (but inoffensive), the pork fillet had been chargrilled to heat it up and so became tough. The chips were really greasy and the side of broccoli had the weirdest, grainiest almond paste on top which was just gross. So on to dessert, at which point poor Guiseppe was kind of laughing with us and afraid to bring the final course. Remember Fruitini when you were a kid? Those little cans of fruit your mom used to put in your lunchbox? Yep, it could have been that with the most over sweetened meringue and coconut cream. All was vile. We did speak to the manager and he was a bit nonplussed, he did apologise, but he didn't comp one of the meals or even discount in any way, which I thought was astounding. We made sure we left Guiseppe a big cash tip as he dealt with it perfectly, but if this is what Marcus Wareing has his name on, I won't be visiting this, or any of his other establishments on the strength of it. Shocker!

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

David H. platinum reviewer 25 January 2016

Our first visit to a restaurant already busy by the time we showed up at 12.30 for lunch last Saturday. Its modern on the outside, made to look traditional on the inside, and from the way it looks could be anything from a branch of Cote to a mid-range restaurant. Not plush, not a place you'd expect to spend a long time in or visit for a special occasion. Service was timely, but getting the bill became an issue when our waiter just didn't respond to requests to bring it. The food was middling, and somewhat variable. My wife's pumpkin soup was tasteless but her chicken was better. Conversely my oxtail raviolo starter was tasty albeit that the accompanying baked potato mousse didn't really work for me. However my miso roast cod main course was not very good- flavourless, too many sesame seeds and probably a little overcooked. If you have any curiosity about how this sort of cod and cauliflower combination can work then can I suggest trying it at Jason Atherton's Little Social rather than here. The house wine , at £26 wasn't good either. All the way through the meal I kept wondering why someone like Marcus Wareing would want to open a restaurant like this. We've eaten at his flagship at the Berkeley quite a few times both in its "Petrus" and later incarnations and he's quite obviously one of the very best chefs in the UK. What satisfaction he gets out of churning out food like this is quite beyond me, and I don't think I'll be the only person to leave Tredwells thinking that not a single ounce of his magic has survived the trip from Knightsbridge to Leicester Square, and I can't think of any way on which this middle of the road establishment is benefitting from his involvement. Indeed I hope and believe that if any of the chefs he supervises on "Celebrity Masterchef" turned out dishes like this then it wouldn't be just the food that got a roasting. Of course he is by no means the only top chef to launch a second or more) restaurant offering simpler food to a different market. Our experience to date is that they are more likely to be disappointing than a revelation and indeed that the quality only rarely translates. Interestingly the best of these ( our opinion ) - the above mentioned Little Social- is yards away from the flagship, presumably gets the man popping in frequently, and has some food synergy with the flagship. A few streets away, The Social Eating House is not as good. In general it seems that the magic does not translate, and diners need to deal with these follow- on restaurants as entirely different enterprises rather than a "light" version of the class act. Can't see us going back to Tredwell's. The food's not great, and because of that and the mediocre house wine, the value is questionable.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 05 October 2015

I have eaten here before when it first opened and the menu seemed very different this time. That could be because I was there on a Friday night this time instead of a weekend lunch, but I remember the menu consisting of lots of small plates, which I really enjoyed. This time the menu seemed to be much more based on large plates which was not really what we were looking for, but, I should have checked! What we had was OK, but nothing (apart from the triple cooked chips) was particularly great – we had a burger, the Tredwell sharing platter with toasted bread, bacon jam, chicken wings in a chipotle sauce and 1 pulled pork slider and a cheesecake for dessert – all were fine, but nothing special, I expect a bit more from Marcus Wareing. If I’m honest, I won’t be rushing back, there are just too many other new restaurants to try.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Timothy P. silver reviewer 23 May 2015

Picked for its convenient location for Shaftesbury Avenue, tredwell's (that's how the bill spelled it!) is a bright new addition to St Martin's Lane. It's opposite Dishoom (where the queue at 6.30 wasn't moving at all). We arrived in good time, just before 6pm; the pre-theatre options were 2 each from the starters and mains; we had chicken liver mousse (in a jam jar) and beetroot salad, followed by wild salmon and an excellent sliced rare roast beef salad. Dishes were well-sized and freshly prepared. A good choice of red and white wines by glass, and carafe (something I appreciate seeing nowadays). All was completed in good time. A nice touch was a couple of marshmallows with a candle to note my wife's birthday, which came after the bill. Total bill was £79 which when service was added came to a memorable £88.88!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Jud H. 02 May 2015

It was our first time here and I guess we expected it to be good as we've seen Marcus Wareing on Masterchef enough times to know that he's very particular! So is my husband…...The meal, the ambience, and the service were all excellent. We had the pre-theatre menu which was extremely good value. The only minus was the howling draft coming through the glass doors which open onto the street on fine days. We were seated near them and I was frozen, although they did turn up the heating when I complained.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Petra H. 27 October 2014

Thank you Marcus for stepping outside side your Michelin world and giving us all a chance of eating delicious food at reasonable prices. Ambience service food and wine were just prefect for our pre theatre supper. Before the secrets out book this new eatery it's a winner!

Special offers

4 course seasonal menu and a gin and tonic: £33

From: 25 May 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

2 courses and a cocktail: £25

From: 12 July 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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