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The Trading House, Gresham St

18th May 2015 Print

The Trading House, a spectacular new pub, will open its doors at the beginning of June on Gresham Street. Located on the site of the former Bank of New Zealand, the Victorian space will feature a striking central bar, 96-cover restaurant and a mezzanine area for drinks and events. 

The drinks list will be led by ales and cocktails. The extraordinary list of cocktails is a riot of colours and flavours, from spices, flowers and fruits through to tea, coffee and chocolate. Original and intriguing twists on classics include a Lavender Sazerac, Cinnamon and Ginger Manhattan, and Cumin Bloody Mary. For fans of fizz, a Black Cardamon Royale is an option, whilst those with a sweet tooth could choose a Cherry Choc Coffee Tini, made with fresh espresso. A dedicated gin list boasts renowned greats, rising stars and infusions such as saffron gin, each with their own garnish, and offered alongside a menu of five different tonics. 

The beer offering will be equally exceptional, featuring a huge range of craft beers, ales and ciders. From wheat and fruit beers to pale ales, milk stouts and porters, the list will delight experts and casual drinkers alike. The best of the world’s craft breweries, including US Blue Moon Brewing Co, western Australia’s Little Creatures, and Germany’s Paulaner can be found on the list, together with recognisable favourites such as Beer Lao and our very own Camden Town Brewers. Two brand new bespoke brews, made by parent company New World Trading Company, will also make their debut: a Pacific Pale Ale and Passionate Blonde, a live cask ale. 

In what may be a first for the capital, there is even a small selection of miniature cocktails designed to complement a beer and served alongside it. Pairing Number One sees white rum, clove syrup, passion fruit, mint and lime, matched to a Paulaner Hefe Weisse. 

As for dining, the emphasis is on freshly cooked pub food, done simply and well. Rotisserie and barbeque sections include favourites such as burgers, steaks and whole roasted chickens, as well as the signature ‘hanging kebabs’ made with a choice of grilled meats, prawns or halloumi. These are also available in dessert form, with marshmallows, fruits, and Sailor Jerry chocolate sauce. A ‘home comforts’ selection of pies, curries and other hearty dishes ensure those with vigorous appetites are well catered for, and a selection of deli boards and small plates are perfect for grazing. Moreish nibbles include Salt and pepper onion petals, a basket of wings with a choice of sauce, and the home made houmous board. 

As the name might suggest, The Trading House’s interiors will invoke the spirit of the East India Trading Company, and London’s nautical heritage. The interior will retain much of the grade II listed building’s architectural detail and period fixtures and fittings, including dark woods, high ceilings and a spiral staircase. Nightly live music will help to create a relaxed yet buzzing ambience, and a late license means that guests can go from drinks, through dinner to dancing in the one lively location. The Trading House is therefore tipped as a firm City favourite, and a welcome addition to the scene.

The Trading House

91 Gresham Street




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