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Tredwell's, Covent Garden in London

Restaurant Review: Tredwell’s, Seven Dials in London

By Georgie Bentley-Buckle on 20th April 2016

On the perimeter of Seven Dials, Tredwell’s is Marcus Wareing’s latest outfit planting itself as another pre-theatre supper spot, into the saturated radius of the West End. Decor is New York meets Parisian chic with lively jazz music blasting from the walls. Another contribution to Seven Dials, it’s an easy people pleaser, offering modern London cooking, cocktails and wine. With an aim to encapsulate the heartbeat and surroundings of the West End, it is high end comfort food at its best with a mix of dishes; appealing to both Londoners and tourists in search of some convenient glamour.

Set across three floors this restaurant is much bigger than it may seem and I’m amazed to learn can seat up to 150 people. Seated downstairs by the large windows, bar on one side, West End on the other and mezzanine above; Tredwell’s is an accessible and comfortable setting. A weave of dishes with no particular theme or link are listed on a generous menu. Roasted vine tomato soup with smoked mascarpone, basil pesto toastie or charred mackerel tartare, confit egg yolk, caper jam, crème fraîche as examples. Inspecting something slightly more fragrant, the harissa glazed aubergine with peanuts, coriander and chilli was brimming with Thai inspired flavours although a little dry. The fish cake – a straightforward option with confit egg, roast garlic aioli, salsa verde: beautifully presented and I imagine to be a popular option.

Tredwell's, Covent Garden in London
Winner of AA’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year – London, Tredwell’s is the latest offering from Marcus Wareing Restaurants, bringing modern London cooking to the heart of the West End’s Seven Dials

From the lengthy list of mains is a rare roast beef salad with pickled mushroom, sesame and rocket or a sea bass with black garlic and aged gouda. The corn fed chicken with wild garlic is a safe option and nicely finished, from the charcoal grill, the Lake District 35 days dry aged Sirloin; is served with Calçot onions, romesco sauce and sherry vinegar aioli. Creative side dishes add to the comfort food element of the evening, accompanied by gooey blue cheese croquettes, triple cooked chips, served with a hollandaise mousse and wilted greens with roasted garlic.

Dessert left its stamp of resonation with me: the truffled brie served with clear, runny honey on walnut toast. Creative, delicate but indulgent, this hit the missing spot and finished off the evening with an unexpected high. Wine glasses were filled with their light and fresh Pinot Grigio; safe but satisfying. The helpful and polite service was definitely noted; our waitress beamed with a passion for the Marcus Wearing brand and itched to assist us with any queries. Seasonal food and drinks year round, Tredwell’s menu aims to remain on trend from their cocktails and wine list to food; always nipping at the toes of their highly competitive neighbours.

Tredwell’s Restaurant Covent Garden
Tredwell’s is named after the butler in Agatha Christie’s The Seven Dials Mystery

I recently attempted to book a week-day brunch meeting but was unsuccessful; but I am now to have learnt they hold focus on the weekends. Their new breakfast and brunch menu has meant that the restaurant has extended its hours with news of a new Belvedere terrace and summer barbeque offering; also competing as a weekend destination. A popular option for private functions and VIP events, the versatile spaces can be tailored whatever the event may be, from private dinners to canapé and champagne functions. They arrange bespoke experiences whether it be a corporate or a personal celebration; making the very most of their central and easy to find location.

Tredwell’s is another addition to the array of establishments that span the Seven Dials neighbourhood. It is easy to get to with friendly service although some may argue that Marcus Wareing has over stretched himself with this third opening but their no fuss, easy elegance seems to cater nicely to Seven Dials.

Address: 4a Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9NY / 020 3764 0840

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