The Truscott Arms has recently opened its doors in Maida Vale. Housing a pub, restaurant and gallery in a superbly renovated Victorian building, The Truscott Arms is a creation of successful theatre producer Andrew Fishwick and his wife Mary Jane Roberts-Fishwick.
At the heart of this affair is a passion for fine food and art. To this end, Chef Etienne Bruwer, formerly of the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, will be heading the kitchen. Using the finest British seasonal produce and applying his experimental techniques, Chef Bruwer is adding his own touch to traditional gastro-pub food.
The pub downstairs offers a gourmet bar menu, while the restaurant upstairs focuses on a small number of evolving dishes. As a starter, the high quality of the ingredients is reflected in the delicious Hansen-Lydersen Smoked Salmon with Cider Jelly, Pickled Cucumber and Dill. To follow, the Cod a la Plancha with Seaweed Butter, Cockles, Violet Artichokes, Cauliflower puree and Baby Gem is a delight. Finally, as a dessert, the Valrhona Chocolate Ganache with Raspberries and Shortbread is sure to satisfy all chocolate-lovers.
The exhibition space on the third floor offers emerging artists a chance to show their work, holding rotating exhibitions, private views and artist talks. The Truscott Arts Programme is currently showcasing photography by British artist Theo Niderost, whose works have also found their place in the dining room.
With regards to the décor, designer Michel Schranz – whose clients range from Damien Hirst to Claudia Schiffer – has restored the original features of the old Victorian building, including splendid cornices and ceiling roses, giving a vintage yet elegant character to the rooms, which is complemented by high-ceilings and large windows.
Address: The Truscott Arms, 55 Shirland Road, London W9 2JD
Phone number: 02072669198