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4A Upper St Martin's Lane
020 3641 0660
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 Although the original small-plates menu has been replaced by a standard three courses, it’s still easy to share: our goats’ cheese and heritage tomato salad showcased decent ingredients, while a spicy, smoky starter of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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StreetSmart - London restaurants
From: 01 August 2018
To: 31 October 2018
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
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4A Upper St Martin's Lane
020 3641 0660
Covent Garden Tube Station 160m
Leicester Square Tube Station 203m
The Photographer's Gallery 52m
St. Martins Theatre 71m
Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5-10pm (Fri-Sat -11pm Sun -9pm)
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Food + drink: 5
We were in town for the the day and wanted to find a place for a nice Sunday Roast. On hearing some good reviews we decided to give Tredwells a try and I have to say the the result was a success. Set on St Martins Lane in the Seven Dials area makes it's location a good one as it's quite central if your spending the day in London. Our arrival at the restaurant the greeting from the staff couldn't have been more friendly & welcoming a really nice way to start. On looking around you see they had booths on the left , tables at the front and the bar on the right all of which were nicely spaced out as well as seating upstairs. We were seated in a booth downstairs which was very spacious. We then looked at the menu one being the Al a carte and the other being the Sunday Lunch menu. You could also mix & match your choices if you liked. Our choice was to go for the Sunday Lunch especially as while we were deciding we saw a couple of the roasts being served. For our starters we had the fabulous Salt & Pepper Cod Cheeks with runner beans and a XO aioli and from the Al a Carte the torched Mackerel with pickled & grilled gooseberry a real treat Now to the mains a roast Pork shoulder and the roast Rump Cap both accompanied by the most amazing Yorkshire puddings you will ever see along with fantastic roast potatoes. The vegetables were fabulous as well especially the greens with bacon jam. We did order a side of Truffled Mac & Cheese well why not which was absolute heaven It was then time for a little rest before we chose our desserts. We decided to choose the Chouxnut with peanut & raspberry and the Salted Caramel Soft Serve with honeycomb both were delicious So that brought an end to a fabulous Sunday Lunch with great food & excellent friendly service. We will definitely be returning if not for another great Sunday Lunch but to try the al a carte. It's a great place for couples , business and the booths are ideal for families. So yes I would highly recommend a visit next time your in town. So finally Thanks to Chef Chantelle and the team for a great lunch and look forward to returning again soon
Food + drink: 1
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
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.
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