Tredwells, Marcus Wareing’s trendy Covent Garden restaurant never fails to disappoint.
I’ve been to Tredwells a few times in the past and had thoroughly wonderful experiences so when my friend Lucy and I were discussing where to go for an early Christmas catch-up it was an easy choice. Trendy it may be but stuffy it is not. There’s a fantastic ambience at Tredwells: it’s cool yet casual and open yet intimate.
We booked our table for 7:30pm but arrived earlier to have a drink at the bar. Both firmly in the festive spirit (or should that be festive spirits?) we settled on a mulled wine bellini which was quite unlike anything I’ve tried before. I had two.
After some deliberation we decided on a main and a dessert rather than a starter; for main I had field mushroom ravioli with wild mushrooms, spring onions and a shallot sauce. It arrived beautifully presented and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The mix of mushrooms was really unique and the spring onions and shallots added a totally new dimension to the dish. I wasn’t able to finish all of mine but that may be because I also ordered a side of triple cooked chips with a hollandaise mousse which I devoured in minutes.
The chips were absolutely perfect, soft and pillowy on the inside and perfectly crisp and crunchy on the outside. The hollandaise mousse is a really unique addition and is really quite special.
If you’d like to read about Lucy’s main, the Iberico pork then head over to her blog to read more.
Lucy and I both opted for the same dessert of white chocolate mousse with espresso granite and tonka with an espresso martini to finish. The mousse was superb, it had a perfectly light but creamy texture and it worked really well with the espresso granite.
I’m a big fan of espresso martinis and this was up there with the best of them even though the espresso was too strong for me. I was determined to finish it though and as such spent most of the night awake but it was worth it.
The staff are brilliant, they couldn’t be more friendly or helpful and that definitely adds to the experience. As you can imagine, Saturday night at any time of year is incredibly busy and even more so at Christmas but this didn’t have any impact on the standard of service.
Tredwells isn’t cheap but it’s worth every penny, the quality of the food sets it apart from the other restaurants in the area and puts it firmly on the London foodie map.