The Trading House, London


Unless you work in the city, surrounded by many grand looking buildings can feel alienated. Located at the former site of Bank of New Zealand. The grade II listed building now has been masqueraded as a mock Victorian colonial trading house. "Frontier importers and exporters of particular and peculiar eccentricities, curiosities and antiquities" revealing stuffed white peacock on the bar, antlers on the walls, puffer fish on the side. It's a paradise for antique explorers.

Watermelon Martini and Spiced Cumin Mary

You know you are in for a serious game when the beer list comes in natty booklet of an extensive range of global craft beers. The drinks list was also impressive, selection of spiced-twist cocktails, a traditionally British G&T list and amongst others. Seeing that big piece of watermelon, it has to be the refreshingly cooling watermelon martini. I hope this count as one of my one of 5-a-day fruit and vegetable allowance. Both me and Mr T thought the spiced cumin Mary was superb, a different take of the traditional Bloody Mary with kick of cumin spice.


Pan Fried Garlic Mushrooms

Asparagus Soup

The food offered is inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ. We may have over ordered on the starters. Crispy calamari with lemon mayonnaise, light and not memorable. Pan fried garlic mushrooms with crusty bread and truffle butter, it was an easily forgotten dish eventhough it tasted nice just nothing special. The asparagus soup was good, creamy and thick.

Steak and Stout Pie

Beef Kebabs

A pub classics, steak and stout pie. Rusty mashed potatoes, mushy peas and thick gravy (I seriously do not like thin gravy). The pastry case is thin and the meat is tender. It's a good pie and mash, big portion too just missing a spark from it.The beef kebabs was an eye of dramatic presentation. The kebabs was indeed hanging, drizzled with a sweet chilli sauce glazing the meat with the juice and sauce trickled down onto the chips. The meat was supposed to be medium cooked, it was tending towards well done and making it tough and dried. Contrary the vegetables were all very nice and sweet.

The trading house is an impressive venue with live music playing every night. So good so Mr T have returned many times for drinks. It may not be the best pub food, it is definitely worthwhile for the extensive drinks or on the looking out for banker bachelors.

Score: 3/5
Price: £20-30/head (50% soft launch, ~£30 for two people)

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