I don’t think I have ever begun a post with such a large piece of meat at the helm of it. But I couldn’t not whack it up there because just LOOK at it. And it you can believe it, it tasted even better than it looks. And that seems to be the running theme at Tredwell’s – everything looks amazing, but it tastes even better.
I arrived a little before LM, so settled myself at the bar and ordered one of their cocktails, for which they are making rather a name for themselves…
I couldn’t decide which to go for, so instead the barman asked me what I was in the mood for – I opted for something gin-based and fruity… and five minutes later this arrived…
This cocktail has no name, but I can tell you exactly what was in it – gin, sugar, lime, fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, fresh chilli, egg white and peach bitters – it was delicious and I popped it up on Instagram immediately to share with the world – things like this should not be kept to oneself…
Tredwell’s is named after the butler in Christie’s 1929 novel ‘The Seven Dials Mystery. Coincidentally (or not) it is yards from the St Martin’s Theatre, where her play The Mousetrap has been running for 40 years….
LM arrived and we were whisked upstairs to our table. The restaurant has a lovely sophisticated yet casual feel to it – it’s softly lit with dark furniture and lots of space. More and more people arrived once we’d sat down and before long it was bustling with hungry Londoners on all of its three levels of dining.
We sat down and poured over the menu – Tredwell’s is described as ‘modern London cooking with a focus on British produce’ and that’s exactly what it was. It’s a magical land of posh comfort-food, where slow cooked pork belly, chicken liver mousse on bacon jam toast, sticky glazed chicken wings, pork chops on baked celeriac and baked polenta chips come to hang out.
I was absolutely ravenous and there was literally nothing on the menu I didn’t gaze at with unrepressed desire. It took us a little longer than usual to choose… but choose we did and we enjoyed a glass of wine (Torrontes Selection, Terrazas de los Andes, Argentina | Torrontes) while we waited for our starters to arrive.
And then the main courses arrived and I think my chin hit the floor when I saw LM’s slow cooked beef short rib…
I have always loved calf’s liver and find it almost impossible to not order it when I see it on the menu. It’s been my and my mum’s comfort food for years – are we the only ones that ate liver, onions and mash in front of Allo Allo?
All the food was delicious and it’s a miracle we didn’t pop on the spot. Although, what’s more of a miracle is that we then went on to order dessert… and then eat some of their delicious homemade fudge… sugar rush, anyone?
We had a gorgeous evening – the food was great, the service, impeccable and I loved hanging out and chatting with LM about all kinds of exciting things we’ve got coming up this year… I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of March!
We topped off our meal with fresh mint teas and then sauntered out into the streets of Covent Garden. We strolled through our beloved London town, heading homeward bound, with that lovely warm feeling of having just had a delicious meal and knowing we’ll be back with friends, to show off our newest discovery.
4a Upper St Martin’s Lane
LM and I were guests of Tredwell’s and if I hadn’t loved it I wouldn’t have written about it.