Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
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Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4

Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
I dont go to restaurants to fill my stomach I can find sustenance for that essential in the sandwich section of my local corner shop. I dont go to restaurants to spend time with friends I can do that any night of the week in my local pub, over a few beers. 
I go to eat. More specifically, I go to eat food that is either better cooked, or better sourced and ideally both  than anything I could rustle up at home.
So when we heard about Mark Hixs new venture, Tramshed, the possibilities seemed mouthwatering.
It serves only two main courses, and those two choices happen to be my all-time favourite foodstuffs: steak and chicken.
The Dads Dining Club  met up in the bar of the plush Hoxton Hotel beforehand, and chatted excitedly about being at the pioneering end of a new craze after reading this article in Londons Evening Standard. It bangs on about how chicken is the Next Big Thing to sweep the foodie capital and uses Tramshed as the poster-restaurant for this new wave.
If theyre confident enough to ONLY serve steak and ONLY serve chicken, then surely its going to be the BEST steak and BEST chicken weve EVER tasted? we drooled.
Sadly, it wasnt.  Im afraid I source and cook better steak, I source and cook better chicken at home. Well, bull(y) for me!
It wasnt a disaster far from it but as dads with young families, we dont get out much, and thus our dining experiences are both rare and special, and so at nearly 90 a head (the chicken was 25; the beef 80, or 20 per 250g), we all expected a clucking better standard than the one we had squawked out for!
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
Here, Dad-By-Dad, are our scores on the doors¦
FIRST MINE: 

Venue 8:  Impressively spacious an outstanding ice-breaking centrepiece an enormous mounted Damien Hirst creation that has a cock perched atop a bull, suspended in (I presume) formaldehyde in a glass case.  If youre going here with a big group, you wont be short of something to chat about to get the smalltalk flowing

Atmosphere 7:  I enjoyed the buzz. It was loud without being noisy. Ive been in high-ceilinged converted warehouse-type places before and you cant heard yourself think because of the racket. This had the right balance.

Starters 5: Great to look at, but low in the flavour stakes. I thought the whipped chicken livers were excellent, but the Yorkshire Pudding, although well-risen, was rather doughy. The green beans and broad beans were zingy with fresh lemon, but the prawns were meagre each had been cut in half, lengthways, and tasted like theyd just been defrosted. The mushrooms had none of the earthiness Id expect, or any other flavours come to that.

Main 4:  I cook a better roast chicken at home and a better steak (I may have already mentioned this). Both were visually-striking and had great Woooo Factor when they came to the table, but I thought the meat was quite dense with a mealy texture, and the chicken was a bit poultry paltry, size-wise. There was little meat on the legs, and the breasts were dry, bordering on powdery. The biggest disappointment, though, was the flaccidness of the skin. If Im going to be presented with chicken feet, they should be as crispy as wings, but instead, they were gelatinous. And the chips? Sooooooo many oven-like chips!  I thought there was supposed to be a potato shortage at the moment!

Dessert 3: Montgomerys Cheddar is a superb cheese, but at 6.25 for a centimetre-thick wedge is a rip-off. Marshallows and cherries dipped in a block of melted Dairy Milk had all the sophistication of an Essex girls 21st birthday party.

Service 8: The waiters were friendly and attentive, without being in-your-face. The wine was cold and came with an ice bucket. The chicken legs were nicely carved at our table.

VFM 4
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table

Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
DANNY:
Venue 7 The Cock and Bull is impressive but if that wasnt there would there be anything else to talk about?
Atmosphere 6 Big spaces can be very loud and cold. This place wasnt, but apart from a stream of beautiful people (most terribly dressed) through the door I didnt really notice the other diners.
Starters 5 Boring, bland and stodgy. Aunt Bessie does better Yorkshire puds. Exotic mushrooms should taste of something, even if its just garlic.
Main 5 Dry and not very tasty good presentation though. Fries were frozen and uncannily like a fast food joints.
Dessert 3 Highly calorific and not much else.
Service 7 Nice, jolly, chatty. There when needed, almost. I did notice that Scott had to get their attention on more than one occasion.
VFM 5
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
SCOTT:
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table

Venue 7: An impressive space dominated by a Damien Hurst creation. Light and airy but uninspiring apart from the centrepiece.

Atmosphere 5: Positioned by the door it didnt really feel as though we were in the restaurant proper. There was a good buzz in the room though.

Starters 4: Bland Yorkshire pudding with a delicious chicken liver pate. Nice variety of exotic mushrooms but cold and fairly tasteless. Shrimp and lettuce instantly forgettable.

Main 4:  An ok chicken leg more of a novelty with its foot still attached. Didnt have any breast but was told it was dry. The steak was dry too and vastly inferior to the Hawksmoor. At least the English mustard was HOT.

Dessert 5:  I quite liked the marshmellow fondue as the chocolate was delicious. Cheese board consisted of a single piece of cold Westcombe cheddar for 6.25. Not good.

Service 7:  The staff were very nice but service was slow and they had to be summoned on more than one occasion. We were served by three different waiting staff over the course of the evening.

VFM 4:  The whole experience was below average and 25 for a bland chicken was too much. The wine list however had a good selection and 26 for a decent Chenin Blanc and 30 for a delicious Malbec wasnt too onerous. First and last visit for me.

Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table

DAN:

Venue 7: I actually do think its a great space. Proper Victoriana, expertly restored. And the Damian Hurst is very impressive.

Atmosphere 5: No real buzz about the place, but I didnt feel uncomfortable either, so just average really

Starters 4:  The liver pate was nice, but the presentation was awful. I didnt get to a eat a prawn as my greedy companions didnt leave me with any, and the mushrooms were a bit bland.

Main 3: If you are going to specialise in just two dishes then they need to be superb, but I was very unimpressed with the both the chicken and the steak. Ive had far better in far less salubrious surroundings.

Dessert 3: The Marshmallows and hot chocolate sauce was totally unmemorable and 6.25 for a triangle of cold  cheddar!!?

Service 7: I have no complaints here.

VFM 4

Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
TOTAL AVERAGE SCORES:

Venue 7.25

Atmosphere 5.5

Starters 4.5

Main 3.25

Dessert 3.5

Service 7.25

VFM 4.25
MEAN SCORE (out of 10):  5.07
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
Dads Dining Club reviews Tramshed, Hoxton, London, EC4, Lay The Table
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