As a birthday treat, my good friend, Laura, and I took a half day off work and went out for lunch and wine. We very much enjoy eating out (as you’ve read before with our visits to Roux at Parliament Square and Guinea Grill). The venue for lunch was to be Tredwell’s, one of Marcus Wareing’s fine restaurants. Tredwell’s offers “relaxed fine dining” and was the winner of the AA Restaurant of the Year Award 2015. It’s now under chef-patron Chantelle Nicholson, who has been working with Marcus Wareing since 2006. By the way, Chantelle recently released a fantastic book on vegan food called Planted.
This wasn’t my first time at Tredwell’s – I’d been with another friend previously a couple of years ago. This time, as with last time, we went with the set lunch menu which offered some great dishes. They currently have a summer lunch menu with two courses for £22 and three courses for £26.
When we arrived, we both had a cocktail (seeing as it was a special occasion!) I went for a Rhubarb and Ginger margarita and Laura had a Tredwell’s Sling with bathtub gin. Both deliciously alcoholic!
While sipping away at our cocktails, we had a good look at the menu. Immediately, we both decided on the same starter; Slow cooked egg, ‘Nduja, crispy potato, wild garlic. It was an outstanding dish and as you can see from the pictures below the egg was perfectly cooked, the ‘Nduja was spicy and the wild garlic aoli was smooth and cooling.
For the main I initially chose a pork chop dish but the menu had changed and they’d given us the wrong one, so I had a lamb chop dish instead. Laura opted for the chargrilled mackerel dish. We also got sides of triple cooked chips and truffle mac and cheese (my friend is obsessed with mac and cheese).
Both of the dishes were excellent. My lamb was well cooked and tender and the accompaniments of harissa, humus and smoked creme fraiche were superbly balanced. Laura very much enjoyed her mackerel, and the little bit I tried was lovely and nicely blow torched. The sides were very good indeed. The chips were crispy outside and fluffy inside and the hollandaise was ridiculously light, well done to whomever whipped that up!
For dessert, we decided to share a couple of desserts. From the four available we chose soft meringue, rhubarb and custard and a choux rum doughnut with ice cream. They were both delightful. We struggled to find the rum with the choux doughnut but it may have been in the cream on top of it. The doughnut was very nicely dusted with cinnamon and sugar which reminded me of churros. The meringue was so light, it melted in the mouth. The custard was smooth and luxurious but the rhubarb was a little hard and sharp.
The wine we chose to go with our food is called Petite Syrah du Mas Monte. I really wanted to have a red wine, so as Laura was having the fish we went for a light bodied red wine. A very good choice, if I do say. It was rich but not heavy, with nice red berry flavours. Definitely recommended and it was one of their cheaper options too.
Tredwell’s is a restaurant I’ll keep coming back to. They change the menu regularly and keep it seasonal and fresh. They often have lunch deals to make it a bit cheaper so you’d be silly not to go and try it yourself.