The Truscott Arms returns with Racine’s Henry Harris leading the kitchen


What: The Truscott Arms

In a nutshell: Gastropub roasts with a French influence

Summing it all up: It was a tragic day when The Truscott Arms was forced to close, and not just for lovers of its famous roasts. Now, the upmarket boozer is back to great fanfare, and not least of all because the former head chef of top Kensington French restaurant Racine will be leading the charge…


The low-down

West London gastropub The Truscott Arms is coming back from the dead with a bang, thanks to their addition of top chef Henry Harris to their roster. And yes, there WILL be roasts.

In April, we heard the *very* good news Maida Vale’s The Truscott Arms had plans to reopen, and even better, it would be keeping its original format of ground floor and garden pub, with a restaurant upstairs. The news was there would be “contemporary European food” but aside from that, we were scant on the details.

Now it looks like the one and only Henry Harris, former head chef of Racine, is set to take the reigns, according to the Evening Standard. He’ll be taking over from Aidan McGee, who’s moved onto greener pastures down in Fitzrovia’s the George and Dragon. Henry will be drawing on his expertise in the French cuisine that made Racine famous to create a menu that will “blend British and French influences” - and yes, that does includes roasts aplenty.

“People can expect a traditional British roast beef with all the trimmings and a nice punchy horseradish, but equally we might lay on a seven-hour slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with rosemary, which has a much more French feel,” Henry told the Standard.

It sounds to us as if there's every chance that The Truscott Arms' new roasts could rival its award winning lunches of 2014. Henry also seems confident that they will, and plans to enter the pub once more into the British Roast Dinner Week awards.


More about The Truscott Arms

Where is it? 55 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JD

When does it open? Winter 2017/2018

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Twitter @thetruscottarms