Friday 25 April 2014

The Truscott Arms: Say hello to your new favourite pub

Do you remember those days when you could casually stroll into a pub, grab a beer and order whatever you wanted off the menu? Fish and chips, sausage and mash. Perhaps you just fancied a scotch egg with your pint. Or a good old Sunday roast.

I can tell you my friends, THOSE DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN.

In the little slice of gluten free heaven that is The Truscott Arms, feel prepared to feel.... normal. Just go to the bar and order the fish and chips. Done. No explaining yourself to the staff, no asking about cross contamination, no asking if the chips are done in a separate frier. The fish and chips are gluten free for everyone.

The Truscott Arms is an upmarket gastropub that mixes exceptional traditional pub food with a modern airy and laid-back atmosphere. They have a great list of cocktails. But who are we kidding - they have BEER. Gluten free beer! Three kinds! A CHOICE of beer my friends! Personally I love Celia, the organic gluten free pilsner from the czech republic. But if you want to mix it up there are also two Belgian beers by Daas, a blonde and a dark. And rumour is, if Estrella ever pull their distibution socks up, there might be some Spanish Daura for us also.

The menu is clearly marked with "GF" symbols, loud and proud, right alongside the oft used vegetarian "V"'s. Why oh why places that find "V" on the menu acceptable can't type out "GF".... It makes life so much easier! Several dishes have "GF option" next to them, which you can request when ordering.

I have been to The Truscott Arms many times since it opened a year ago, and have been very pleased by their gluten free strides. I've kindly sampled everything on the menu for you my darlings, such is the dedication I have. Here's the rub:

Fish and Chips: Crisp, expertly seasoned batter. Light, crunchy, flavoursome. Mushy peas take an elegant guise as a smooth puree that is great for dipping bits of fish in. Homemade tartar sauce is fresh and world's away from anything that came in a jar. The best fish and chips I've ever had - glutenous or otherwise.

Wagyu Burger (gf option): A juicy burger in a gluten free bun. With super crispy chunky chips. Enough said!

Sausage and Mash: Sausages made to a specific Truscott recipe by the Queen's butchers Aubrey and Allen. Smooth creamy potatoes and a deep rich gravy. Posh nosh.

Boudin Noir Scotch Egg: A large scotch egg with a runny yolk surrounded by a gluten free version of black pudding. It's a very posh and scrummy Scotch Egg.
Sunday Roast Beef: A superb roast, one of the best in London. Tender and beautifully cooked high quality beef, served with buttered green beans, honey roasted root veg and the crispest roast potatoes! The red wine infused gravy is delicious. Roasts come served on big platters for the table which adds to a relaxed Sunday family feel. However, if you are gluten free they will happily serve you separately if others have ordered yorkshire puddings. The Sunday menu doesn't have "GF" marked on the menu but the staff are very knowledgeable. Rumour is they are close to perfecting a gf yorkshire pudding!
Beef Shin Chips: What might these be you might ask? LITTLE STICKS OF MEATY GENIUS. That's what. If you asked someone to create the perfect bar snack it's this. 14 hour slow cooked shin of beef, till it falls off the bone, formed into the shape of a chip, rolled in polenta and deep fried. It looks like a chip, but bite into it and it's all juicy beef. Served with a red wine bordelaise sauce for dipping.

For those of you with a sweet tooth there is a Cake of the Day which is always gluten free plus another option on the dessert menu proper. There's also gluten free bread with the cheese board by the excellent Wild Thexton.

Gluten Free Knowledge: ★★★★
Gluten Free Range: ★★★
Taste: ★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★

Verdict: I told you it would be your new favourite pub. And you haven't even been there yet!


  1. Wow, after starving myself today in Bond St, I must test this place out! Great review!

  2. Hello, great blog, I've only just started eating GF and it's encouraging to see that there are all these great options. :)

    About fish and chips, did you know that the Fish & Chip Shop in Islington's Upper Street does gluten-free batter? I promise I don't work for them or anything (!) but I wrote about one of their sister restaurants and they happened to mention that they do gluten-free batter. I didn't see it in your Islington section so thought I'd mention, forgive me if you've covered it already! I have heard a few debates about whether the chips are suitable as apparently there have been occasions where they fry them in the same oil as the gluten batter, but apparently the GF fish is fried separately and is pretty good :) Thanks for your site though, it's a goldmine x

  3. Thanks for the great review. Letting you know that on the strength of it I'll be going along with a small group of GF eaters there very soon. You'd be welcome to join if you'd like, details here:

  4. Looks great but how easy can you get to it from charing Cross or cannon street? 😁

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