West London has been somewhat overlooked in the restaurant-opening boom, but there's a new place on the way. A new pub, restaurant and exhibition space is opening in Maida Vale, with ex Galvin at Windows chef Etienne Bruwer behind the food.
The Arms is a three storey affair in a restored Victorian building - pub on the ground floor, restaurant on the 1st and the exhibition space at the top (which will host rotating exhibitions). It's all being pulled together by theatre producer Andrew Fishwick and his wife Mary Jane Roberts-Fishwick.
South African chef Etienne Bruwer, meanwhile, will be providing food throughout - with snacks downstairs including British venison dry-cured on the premises (similar to the South African biltong bar snack) and Truscott sausage rolls. Upstairs, dishes will include confit halibut, crushed potatoes, gem lettuce & blood orange vinaigrette; braised Gower salt marsh lamb belly, pommes purée & tomato aubergine caviar and Rib-eye with bone marrow, fondant potatoes, girolles & bordelaise.
Drinks-wise, there will be London craft beer on draft, a wine list focused on smaller artisanal growers, and cocktails including a Breakfast Martini.
The Truscott Arms opens for drinks only today (March 25) at 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2J. The restaurant opens on Friday March 29. Find out more at www.thetruscottarms.com