|Pork belly and scallops|
I must admit, I’d never been to the The Tramshed for dinner before, but I have popped in quite a few times for cocktails because it has one of the best outdoor terraces in the city – not only is it a complete suntrap at the end of the day, but its location in the fabulously-named Beehive Yard off Walcot St means it’s tucked away from traffic and noise. When I found out that there was a new menu in the offing, I knew I had to go and try it.
I’ve got to say, I was pretty impressed by the spread of options on the new menu – my dining companion for the evening was a pescetarian, and we both noticed how much choice there was for her (which is definitely not a given). I’m always torn when I look at a new menu but I found it especially hard to choose this time! We were both struggling to pick a starter so we went for the Fisherman’s Platter, a sharing board bringing together all sorts of fabulous seafood – a gorgeously creamy crayfish cocktail, with Stokes Bloody Mary Ketchup, crispy squid with dill (an unusual touch I haven’t encountered before – I’m definitely a convert now though), and salmon caviar. We also enjoyed the sloe gin smoked salmon – to be honest, we couldn’t really taste the sloe gin, but it was still fabulous, especially with fresh crusty bread.
For my main course, I chose slow-cooked pork belly and seared scallops – there were a good few other options that I’m definitely going to have to go back & try, but the combination of pork and scallops seemed too good to resist, and as it turns out, it was. The pork belly was incredibly tender and juicy, with big flavours that paired perfectly with the delicate scallops. To accompany the dish, there was a fabulously rich red wine gravy, Bury black pudding and mashed potato that was about 80% melted butter – heavenly.
My dining companion went for something a little lighter, pan-fried potato gnocchi with asparagus, spinach, peas, poached free range egg and toasted spiced sunflower & pumpkin seeds. It’s not the sort of dish that I would normally choose, but when I tasted it I was really pleasantly surprised by how well the flavours worked – it was rich and yet fresh-tasting too.
We had to skip pudding on this occasion because we were so stuffed (they’re not stingy with their portion sizes at The Tramshed) but the dessert selection does look pretty darn fabulous. We washed our meal down with a very lovely bottle of Lou & Leo Sangiovese – nicely fruity – and I’d definitely recommend the cocktails here too.