Review of Trading House

Freshly opened The Trading House is the new pub  hot spot in the City. Drawing in the banker crowd and Friday night luvvies this  Grade Two listed building was once home to the Bank of New Zealand. Now transformed into a vintage and antique explorer’s paradise it houses a dining room, long bar and mezzanine floor which overlooks the entire bottom floor.  It’s impressive high ceilings with detailed original cornicing is a juxtaposition to the quirky and eccentric  taxidermy, oversized globes and large luggage trunks dotted around bar.

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The project’s been put together by the New World Trading Company who own pubs in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. Their food menu is filled with posh pub grub such as scotch eggs and stout pie as well as talked about “trash food” of hanging kebabs and home comforts such as curries & tagine. Their anthology of beers and ales book resembles Da Vinci’s sketch pad filled with intricate drawings and notes of each brew. Trading House have produced their own ales a Pacific Pale Ale and Passionate Blonde, a live cask ale.

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As it was National Martini Day we were all over them;

BLUEBERRY and PASSION FRUIT MARTINI a concoction of Blueberry purée, passion fruit syrup, mint, Ketel One vodka, Licor 43, lemon juice, sugar. A very fruity sweet cocktail with hints of a peppermint and sourness from the blueberries took the sugary taste off. A glorious deep purple drink went down to quickly but at least the fruit is part of your five a day.

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RASPBERRY AMARETTO SOUR sweet and sour to make you tastebuds sizzle!  a mix of Raspberry purée, Amaretto Disaronno, framboise liqueur, lemon juice, sugar this sour is smooth, sweet with a kick of almondness and tartness from the fruits.  A classy short cocktail.

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WATER MELON MARTINI Fresh watermelon juice, watermelon syrup, Ketel One vodka, lemon juice, sugar. A refreshingly cooling cocktail, a pale blush pink drink perfect to start off the evening.

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HOME MADE SCOTCH EGG smooth smearing of in house sunshine piccalilli the tangy citrus pickle was perfectly jam texture without the chunky bits of veg that usually looks like baby vomit. The egg was cocooned in a crispy bronzed breaded shell,  with a meaty outer layer around it was comfort food at its best. The rich semi-runny yolk added a touch indulgence to the dish. The garnish was slightly weeping and wet, tucked away in the corner of the plate it wasn’t really needed.

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CUMBERLAND and PORK CHIPOLATAS served with grain mustard I was hoping for more flavour from these lil porkers, more herbs and seasoning is needed!

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BASKET of WINGS w/ Peri Peri dipping sauce looked a bit anemic on arrival but they were soon woolfed down. Crispy skinned with succulent white flesh yes were a bit dirty but hey it’s Friday night! the Peri Peri sauce was really good, more like a chilli sauce it packed a punch.

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HANGING KEBABS – these were a sight for sore eyes, I love a bit of dramatic food serving. Literally hanging, the skewered chicken and lamb koftas were drizzled with garlic or a sweet chilli sauce almost glazing and basting the meat as it trickled down. Below were a bowl of fries gorgeously seasoned with dried herbs and salt. The meats were heavenly tender as were the vegetables. A side dish of mustardy coleslaw was gluttonous of us but worth it, not gloopy the fresh crunchy slaw added the sour tang to the meal.

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The Trading House is an unbelievably impressive venue, for a city pub it’s not overly crowded with loud music. The punters are not louts but civilized well dressed  men and women out for a nice cocktail or evening beer. The array of cocktails and ales on offer are innovative, trendy and chicly presented. We never felt that we were in a pub , Trading House has an ambiance of a large Shoreditch hipster bar without the wanky East London stamp. I am already looking forward to my next visit in a few months.