Now open, The Truscott Arms is a creative hub of fine food, drink and art that has added a whole new dimension to Maida Vale.
Located in a glorious Victorian building that has been beautifully renovated, this three-floor development comprises a ground floor pub and an elegant first floor dining room.
The third floor not only features three individual rooms that are designed to accommodate all manner of private and corporate events, but a gallery that hosts revolving exhibitions by some of the UK’s most talented young artists.
The Truscott Arms is the creation of Andrew Fishwick, a successful theatre producer whose work has brought him a clutch of trophies, including four Olivier Awards. Together with his wife Mary Jane Roberts-Fishwick the couple have spent months turning into reality their shared dream of offering delicious food and great wine in a space that lives up to their ideal of ‘joyful, handpicked, quality.’ To this end Andrew and Mary Jane have left no stone unturned, whether it’s helping restore the building back to its former glory or meticulously sourcing everything from London microbreweries to award-winning English designed cutlery.
Under Andrew’s guidance the team has set about creating a menu that brings something very different to the so-called ‘gastro pub’ scene. The downstairs pub offers a superb menu that takes traditional bar food and gives it a never before seen twist.
Priced from just £3, creations such as British venison dry cured on the premises and Truscott sausage rolls made with the venue’s very own sausage recipe, turn ordinary fodder into gastronomic experiences. However it is upstairs in the dining room that the real magic happens. The restaurant menu focuses on a small number of evolving dishes that might include examples of the calibre of Confit halibut, crushed potatoes, gem lettuce & blood orange vinaigrette; and Rib-eye with bone marrow, fondant potatoes, girolles & bordelaise.
Accompanying this fine fare is a selection of London’s craft beer on draft and an exceptional wine list comprising over 100 wines, each sourced with a similar affection for smaller artisanal growers. Also available is an extensive array of bespoke cocktails, including such mouth-watering concoctions as the Breakfast Martini, which combines Hayman’s Old Tom, Cointreau and lemon juice with, what else but, shred marmalade!
Forming a key part of this new offering is the Truscott Arms Art Programme (TAP). Giving artists a new means to showcase their work, TAP aims to support and nurture emerging talent and to form a bridge between the venue and London’s vibrant arts scene. A programme of rotating exhibitions, private views and artist talks provides visitors with a relaxed and welcoming environment in which to discover, enjoy and indeed purchase artwork outside of the conventional gallery system.
Responsible for the overall look of The Truscott Arms is designer Michel Schranz, whose clients have included Damien Hirst, Maia Norman, Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer. Michel’s studio, MS-DA, takes an artisanal approach to architecture and design, rooted in Schranz’s background as a craftsman. These qualities are very much in evidence here at The Truscott Arms. Original features including opulent cornices and ceiling roses and solid wood floors have been lovingly restored, whilst areas such as the downstairs pub were stripped back and simplified, the only decoration being the hand-painted Moroccan tiles that adorn the bar area. Full use was made of the building’s huge windows, ensuring that the top floors in particular are flooded with natural light. The result is at once comfortable and elegant, a place where customers will immediately feel at home.
The Truscott Arms is open daily from 10am until midnight.