Tredwell's

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A globally-inspired casual restaurant near Leicester Square from well-known chef Marcus Wareing.

Bad feng shui, misbehaving ley lines – call it what you like, some restaurant and bar sites seem doomed to fail. No perfectly central location or huge budget can save an address that has seen owner after owner pour fortunes into a project only to have it go belly-up. Number 4a Upper St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, has long been one of those blighted sites, going back to when Samuel Pepys popped in for a stewed coffee and a stale bacon butty after clubbing in Leicester Square. 

If anyone can make a bad site work, it must be chef-restaurateur Marcus Wareing. He’s one of the golden boys of London gastronomy, picking up Michelin stars the way most of us collect Nectar points. Now he’s aimed his sights on Covent Garden’s tourists.  

Part of the problem with number 4a is that it’s a huge concrete box, partitioned by a mezzanine floor. As a result, the noise levels are like a carnival sound system. Every hoot and holler is amplified up along the front of the building and into the upper floor. Even at lunchtime the noise levels were offputting.  

But we liked our dishes. Slim aubergines had been glazed with harissa and grilled, served with dollops of yoghurt and ground peanuts, coriander and chilli – appealing to both eye and palate. Toast slivers were served with a chorizo spread, simple and very tasty. A disc of olive oil cake was topped with blackberry jam and a pipe of pâtissier’s custard – a novel combination, but it worked. 

The above dishes remain on the menu. Others we tried are no longer there because the menu was overhauled as we went to press. Such a change, just weeks after opening, suggests a kitchen lacking in confidence. But the menu isn’t the problem – it’s the oddly oppressive space. Moving elsewhere would be the best thing Tredwell’s could do – and take appreciative diners with them.

Venue name: Tredwell's
Contact:
Address: 4a Upper St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2H 9NY
Opening hours: Meals served noon–3pm Mon-Wed; 5–11pm Thur-Sat; noon-11pm; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80
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Mike M

Marcus Wareing couldn't care less about his clients. We booked with some colleagues 7 weeks in advance only to to be told a few days before the reservation that our booking was cancelled as Wareing had allowed someone to take over the whole restaurant. This was conveyed to me in a very casual telephone call as if this was a normal everyday occurrence. Perhaps it is with Wareing's restaurants. The Guest Relations Manager didn't even bother to reply to my e-mail. Go somewhere where they value their clients.

Livvi AT
Tastemaker

When it comes to a weekend brunch, I am usually too lazy to stray very far away from my home, however, if you are wanting a fresh, delicious yet reasonable brunch in the heart of the iconic Leicester Square, head to Tredwell's from acclaimed chef, Marcus Wareing's, group.

Not only does it offer the most bloody tasty Bloody Mary, the brunch dishes, which range from the classic with modern twists ( a full English with truffled potato croquettes) to the downright inventive (banana eggy bread with bacon and maple syrup) are all under £15, so your bank balance won't take a battering.

The decor is trendy with some vintage touches and all the staff are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. One of the waiters overheard it was one our friends birthdays so went out of their way to bring some birthday truffles over at the end. Won't be the best brunch you'll find in the capital, but if you are brave enough to venture into central on a weekend, Tredwell's is worth a try.

Georgie
Tastemaker

I used to work directly next to Tredwell's and dined there in its first opening days. It was fantastic - a superb menu of small sharing dishes meaning you could try a wide variety of the fantastic plates they had to offer. And then they changed it. Almost overnight it went from an intriguing menu to a standard starters, mains, dessert restaurant. The dishes were still good quality, but the excitement of being able to mix up your lunch or dinner had been removed, and with it, my eagerness to dine there.


The steak and mushroom ketchup dish is probably one of my favourite dishes on the menu and is probably one of the dishes that does work better as a large dish rather than a sharer plate, and if truth be told, the sliders are so tasty they could almost do with being super sized - but sadly one of my favourite little plates  - the jar of liver mousse - has been completely scrapped from the menu!  I don’t know the motivation behind the menu overhaul but I think it was a huge mistake. It took a fantastic restaurant and made it just a bit… meh!

Molesworth
Staff Writer

Despite being in a very uninspiring spot opposite Stringfellows (which seems to be cursed with short lived bars & restauarants - anyone remeber Denim?); dull & dowdy interior decor (on one visit my dining companion had a shirt ruined because wax had been left on the table) & hit and miss service (on my last visit our waiter whiklst very helpful had eyewatering BO - not good) Tredwells still gets 4 stars due to the fantastic food. Taste of Tredwells starter for sharing includes gorgeous sliders, chicken wings & chorizo jam, but my personal favourite Chicken Liver Mousse with Bacon jam. 

At £29 the short rib for a main isn't cheap but is to die for,melt in the mouth with an incredible texture. Worth splashing out for,

For pudding sorry I know salted caramel is now considered passe but I would kill for the soft serve here.

To summarisen qite a few negatives but the food shine through here!

dwoodle
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Great food, really tasty and well presented. The Chorizo jam and toasted bread is highly recommended, my duck was tender and desserts very good indeed. Really friendly staff but seemed a it slow to respond on occasion (it was a bust Saturday night), but we would go again.