Whilst I was in London in August, staying at the Premier Inn London St Pancras Hotel, I decided to try out Mark Hix's restaurant, Tramshed, located on Rivington Street in Shoreditch for my birthday meal.
I booked the table using OpenTable, which was fast and Tramshed was very attentive at accepting my reservation. They called around 3-4 hours before we dined to make sure we were still attending.
Arriving at the Tramshed
After sitting in an Uber whilst our driver battled through some pretty terrible London traffic around Euston Road & Old Street roundabout, we arrived 15 minutes late. However, we were barely greeted at the door and the diner asked for my name and what time I booked the table for. 30 seconds later, I was sat at a squeezed in table and handed a menu.
Food & Service
Service was prompt with beers; we went for Hix's Blonde beers, which were served about 5 minutes later. I ordered half of the Roast barn-reared Indian Rock Chicken with fries to share between me and a friend. Our waiter served us condiments consisting of ketchup and mayonnaise along with a small boat of gravy. The fries were cheap and tacky; no better than what you would get from McDonalds or similar fast food restaurant and the chicken, despite being tasty and well marinaded, was small and could barely feed a small child. The stuffing served was a nice garnish to the meal.
We finished up the meal in about 20 minutes and it was taken away before a desserts menu was thrown at us by another passing waiter. I'll admit service was quick but the thought and attention that has been spent on the decor also needs to be given to the waiting staffing.
We settled the bill, which came to around £30 including service, and headed out for another Uber back the hotel.
Its hard to. At £15 per head, its not a bad meal in London but what we had I would only consider half a meal. I think a meal at Pret would have suited me more to what I endured and I would have paid the same price for it. So much for it being my birthday meal!
- Order the full chicken, priced at £27
- Try the Hix Blonde beers to start. I was going to try a couple but it was all down to experience
- Ask to be sat at a booth. The tables in the aisles are too squeezed together for my liking.
Disclosure: This review was a personal review with no financial contributions from Tramshed or any related companies. Dined late August 2015 between 7:30 - 9:00pm. This review consists of direct personal experiences.