I’m drawn towards champagne like a moth to a flame, and so I took advantage of one of Bookatable’s latest ‘Free Champagne‘ offers, where a select number of participating venues are offering a complimentary glass of champagne when dining from the a la carte menu. With an array of tempting restaurants to choose from, I decided to pay a much needed visit to an old favourite, Tredwells, located in the heart of Covent Garden, just off the bustling Seven Dials.
A Marcus Wareing restaurant, Tredwells is known to showcase the very best in British seasonal produce, developed by Chef Patron, Chantelle Nicholson, who has worked alongside Marcus Wareing since moving to London in 2004. Tredwells boasts a variety of menus, including a variety of creative and delicious plant-based dishes that take inspiration from, and feature in, Chantelle’s debut cookery book ‘Planted’ – meaning all dietary restrictions, intolerances and tastes are catered for.
As we walked through the entrance, our eyes gazed up at their stunning pièce de résistance, which is a clock, made out of knives. The space is brightly lit by natural light that flows through their floor-to-ceiling windows, which is often a welcoming sight for me. And what better way to start off a meal than with a glass of chilled champagne.
My choice of starter was a trio of beautifully seared Scottish scallops, accompanied by a melt-in-your-mouth confit chicken with truffle & tarragon, and finished off with a flavoursome and warming roast chicken broth. My guest’s confit duck raviolo looked equally as appetizing, an indulgent filling delicately encased in an almost translucent pasta skin, the flavours enhanced with Nduja, cashew and radish.
Opting for a meatier option as my main, I went for the Creedy Carver duck breast that was nice and pink in the middle. This was served with roasted and pickled cauliflower, English spelt which I particularly loved that had a mellow, nutty flavour, and a sprinkle of hazelnuts that added a good crunch and texture to the dish. The Iberico Secreto pork was another winner, incredibly tender with a wonderful flavour, accompanied by Jerusalem artichoke, baby gem, and a creamy confit egg yolk.
We also shared a tasty side of grilled broccoli with toasted almond butter and capers.
With some room left for dessert, we shared the ‘Sweet Taste of Tredwells’, which included mini tasters of the ‘Chouxnut’, salted caramel soft serve, marinated pineapple & coconut mousse, and peanut cream. I’ve tried most of their desserts in the past and they were just as good as I remembered – even my guest who doesn’t normally have much of a sweet-tooth enjoyed it.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable lunch, complemented by excellent service from the staff, which was just what we needed to brighten up our spirits on a rainy day.
Located within a short walking distance of Covent Garden and Leicester Square underground stations, this venue is ideal for a pre or post-theatre meal in the West End of London. For those looking for a drink, they also have two bar areas that serve seasonally inspired cocktails, cementing Tredwells’ reputation as one of the best drinks venues in Seven Dials.
The offer for a complimentary glass of champagne offer when dining at Tredwells is available during both lunch & dinner from Monday -Sunday until 30 December 2018, and is only valid when each person is ordering a minimum of two courses from the a la carte menu – bookings must be made via the Bookatable link, here. There are also plenty of other participating venues which you can view on the Bookatable website.
- Photography by Peter Vagvolgyi.