Please note, Truscott Arms is now closed. Time Out eating & drinking editors, August 2016.
It could all have been so much better. A late Sunday lunch at this beautifully battered and refurbished old building on a slightly shabby corner in Maida Vale, a new chef (Aidan McGee – a Heston Blumenthal alumnus), easy online reservation, and a come-hither menu in the elegant upstairs dining room. But the staff seemed mildly put out that we had turned up at all, and took painfully long to locate us hovering by the bar (in the end, we seated ourselves), bring menus, take orders, and indeed everything else.
The kitchen, too, was terribly out of step – our one starter took nearly an hour to arrive, and in that time no one came over to apologise or explain. Maybe our murderous starving glances eventually made their point, because the chef did eventually make a harassed appearance to say the starter would be taken off the bill; then he sent out an extra dessert. But it was hard to appreciate the seared scallops, small square of suckling pig, scattering of raw cauliflower and puddle of apple compote when hunger pangs were so advanced.
Still, things did look up after that. Dish presentation was uniformly excellent, the Sunday pork board of loin and pulled meat is an impressive beast, the vegetables were beautifully roasted and very generous. Cod with confit potatoes was beautiful and had some lovely flavours (though the mussels were somehow cold in the middle), and the roast fig, chocolate mousse and passionfruit sorbet dessert was a real high point.
The drinks list is enormous and interesting, with plenty of wines by the glass. But on the day we visited, the service needed a kick up the proverbial.
|Venue name:||Truscott Arms||Contact:|
55 Shirland Rd
|Opening hours:||Bar Open 10am-11.30pm Mon-Thur; 10am-midnight Fri, Sat; 10am-10.30pm Sun. Meals served (dining room and garden) Wed-Fri 6-10pm; Sat noon-4pm, 6-10pm. Ground-floor bar menu served Mon-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-10.30pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Warwick Avenue|
|Price:||Two courses (dinner) £29, three courses £34, four courses £40.|
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Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Great for coeliac diners, as loads of gluten free options, including beer! Fantastic Sunday roast. Love the atmosphere here.
Wow. Just round the corner and such a fantastic restaurant. Everyone should go. First class food worthy of a top Mayfair hotel/restaurant. Service was exemplary and very welcoming. An unexpected treat. Don't wait too long as they will get well known and you'll struggle to get a table!!
I was utterly surprised with The Truscott Arms. I was expecting good gastropub food in their upstairs dining room but what I got was terrific restaurant quality food. The kitchen displayed an adventurous menu with contrasting flavours and a depth of technique that I would not be amiss in a Michelin starred outfit. My roasted grouse was a triumph however desserts are not a strong point and were just average. The dining room itself has been beautifully restored and the staff are helpful and friendly. There is an excellent range of craft beers on draught as well as interesting ciders. I went on a 50% deal. Recommended.
Shame the owners and staff can't control the scum who used to frequent the place and won't get the message they're not wanted. Always been an aggro element and the staff have no idea what to do.
We visited The Truscott Arms last night to attend a Wine Tasting (Which we've since found out will be a monthly event!) What a FANTASTIC night!! Our Sommeliere, Raul, made us feel relaxed and made the evening one to remember. He's knowledge and style made us learn without us realising it! :) The wines we tasted were varied and very surprising! Simply delicious. We then took them up on their offer to eat downstairs in the restaurant and we were not disappointed! We had a delicious rib eye steak and a Rioja that blew our minds!!!! Without a doubt, value for money. They might only be in their 11th week of trading but, thanks to Andrew and Ian, The Truscott Arms felt like it had been there for years!! Excellent job gentlemen! We will fight through border control and customs to visit again all the way from St. Reatham!!! :)))