Joel Porter loved the succulent Sunday roast at The Truscott Arms
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Even before The Truscott Arms – a neighbourhood gastro pub in Maida Vale – won the title of Best British Roast Dinner 2014 at the end of British Roast Dinner Week (6th October), I’d already decided that it was one of the best pub roasts I’d had in a long time.
Where to get the best roast dinner is a highly debated subject with everyone bringing their own personal preferences to the table before ultimately deciding that nobody does it better than their mum, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed at what’s on offer at The Truscott Arms.
New head chef Aidan McGee – previously of Launceston Place – has clearly worked hard to ensure that this is one seriously impressive roast. We went for one pork and one lamb and everything was beautifully served together on one long wooden board: thick slices of meat piled high; crunchy green beans with just the right hint of garlic; two perfect Yorkshire puddings; crispy roast potatoes; and two pots of honey glazed carrots.
Aside from the clear quality of the ingredients on offer, it’s the extra little details that really make The Truscott Arms special. Both meats were served two ways: slices of pork loin and lamb shoulder plus a mound of pulled pork and shredded braised lamb leg. Each roast also comes with it’s own gravy – a mustard one with the pork, rosemary and garlic for the lamb – and both were full of flavour and the perfect consistency.
Aiden McGee only took over the kitchen in September and is clearly working wonders already. He has also just launched a new a la carte menu available from Wednesday through to Saturday which we can’t wait to go back to try. With a lovely rear garden and terrace at the front, The Truscott Arms is the ideal place to aim for after a Sunday stroll along the canals of Little Venice. Grab yourself a reservation before someone else does! Highly recommended.
The Truscott Arms, 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale W9 2JD
Joel Porter is a London based food writer and PR. He is tweeting @joelwporter