Located in London’s banking district, the Trading House appropriately resides in the former Bank of New Zealand. The interior is beyond impressive; from the elevated ceilings, to the casually displayed taxidermy, the Trading House is worth a visit just for the eccentric décor.
The purpose of my visit was to be fed and watered; I even factored in a gym session a few hours earlier in preparation for my pending feast. We – I was accompanied by my pretty friend Donna, visited one Thursday evening, which being the new Friday was typically busy with the post –office City crowd; there was also a lively group of millennials celebrating a birthday while we were there.
The Trading House promote themselves as providers of ‘world –famous spiced –twist cocktails,’ taking little persuasion we started off with a pre-dinner cocktail; Donna opted for a fragrant Pineapple & Coconut Mojito and I had the Cardamom Old Fashioned which was delicious. We continued with cocktails throughout dinner; the extremely refreshing Melon Martini (complete with a generous slice of watermelon) and Lavender Crush: Bacardi 8 rum, Aperol, lavender syrup, pineapple juice and lime juice.
The food comprises of standard ‘pub grub’ but done with more aplomb: Pork crackling with chilli, spring onion and apple sauce, Home –made Scotch egg, Cumberland bangers & mash with onion gravy and onion rings.
Donna went retro and ordered the Traditional Prawn cocktail served with non-traditional prawn crackers which were a nice touch. I started with Pan fried garlic mushrooms with crusty bread and truffle butter – this dish was particularly moreish and the truffle butter lent the dish a decadent edge.
Having built up quite an appetite, Donna went all out for her main course by ordering the 90z Rib eye steak with garlic butter. Although Donna found the steak satisfying, she was less impressed with the presentation and found the steak plonked on a bed of chips rather uncouth! I was attracted to the ‘Main Comforts’ section of the menu and ordered the Pan fried sea bass fillets served with spinach, tomato and piri piri dressing – the drizzle of dressing and fresh vegetables complemented the sea bass.
We ordered a selection of sides: House salad – to aide digestion, Seasoned chips, Onion rings – large crispy rounds of batter which I could have easily eaten again –the gym certainly fired up my appetite!; and Corn on the cob – for Donna, I question the nutritional benefits; I am convinced that we don’t digest corn effectively.
Faced with an array of dessert options, Donna ordered the Strawberry and Marshmallow Kebab with Sailor Jerry chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream –this was hung on a skewer with the chocolate sauce contained in a small dish at the top, when tipped the sauce conveniently drips onto the sweet kebab. Feeling nostalgic I chose the Warm chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream – it tasted rather synthetic and was a disappointing end to an otherwise fabulous meal.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the Trading House; the delicious food, extensive drinks menu, live music along with the quirky décor made for a fantastic evening and a great end to the week. Thursday really is the new Friday at the Trading House!
Price – A reasonable £105.90 (excluding service).
Service – We happened to visit during a busy time; some of the staff appeared a little harassed despite this the service was adequate.
Ambience – The live music adds to the buzzy, relaxed atmosphere.
Bathroom – 5/5 clean and comfortable.
For further information please visit: thetradinghouse.uk.com