I have always admired Marcus Wareing ever since he graced our TV screens in Masterchef. So when the opportunity came to try a Bookatable offer at his restaurant Tredwell’s, it was too good to pass up.
The offer was valid for weekends so Husband and I decided to make it a Saturday night date night special.
Our table was reserved for 9 pm but we got there early at 8:30 pm. Still, they were very accommodating and gave us a table straightaway so extra points for customer service.
We got a table on the ground floor near the windows so there was a view (and a chance to check out the poor people queuing outside Dishoom in the rain and cold while we sat warm and snug in the restaurant!)
Tredwell’s is set on three floors, including a more intimate basement section and a mezzanine level from which you can look down into the dining section below and views outside.
They also have booths to accommodate larger parties.
On weekends, they organise live jazz music which was quite nice and added a special touch to the date!
For food, we ordered from the set menu that came with a refreshing glass of Blood Orange and Rosemary Bellini.
For starters, I ordered the charred mackerel with confit egg yolk, caper jam and crème fraiche. My mackerel was fresh and the salty, vinegary notes of the jam worked very well with the fishy mackerel.
Husband ordered the Brixham crab with mango, elderflower and lemongrass. The dish, although pretty on a plate, felt a bit of a lacking in texture and at £3 supplement was a bit hit and miss.
We both ordered the slow cooked sea bream for our mains. It came with spring peas and baked lemon. It was absolutely spot on- meaty fish over a mushy pile of rustic pea purée.
As a side with the fish we ordered the triple cooked chips that came with a hollandaise mousse .The chips according to Husband was one of the best he ever had. Knowing he is a bit of an expert in the chips department, I would say that’s impressive.
We basically ended up having a posh fish and chips for our evening!
Dessert was a salted caramel soft serve with honey comb which came in a cute little ice cream cup. Unfortunately it got devoured before photographs could be taken!
Husband ordered the Valrhona Caraibe chocolate with blood orange and creme fraiche . It looked like a rich chocolate ganache and was absolutely delicious! Thankfully I managed to get a picture before it was polished off!
Throughout the evening the staff were very attentive and friendly, asking how we liked the dishes after every course which was appreciated.
Tredwell’s is a good place for a Saturday night date in town or a post theatre dinner (as they serve dinner quite late till 11 pm) or a special celebration with friends/family.
However, a lack of attention to a few details made it slightly less of a spectacular restaurant. Coming from a Marcus Wareing offering, I was expecting slightly more.