Review on The Hero of Maida
The Hero of Maida, previously the Truscott Arms is the third pub to be opened under the Harcourt Inns brand, together with former Racine chef-patron Henry Harris, joining siblings the Three Cranes in the City and The Coach in Clerkenwell.
The Victorian building has undergone a smart refurbishment by interior designer, Liana Braune and features a ground floor zinc-topped bar leading out to a courtyard garden. The first floor dining room with its ornate ceiling is bathed in natural light from the tall windows, while the top floor offers elegant spaces for private dining and events. Stylish blue leather chairs and banquette seating is set against dark wood tables. Walls are decorated with interesting artwork including pictures of the original hero of Maida, Sir John Stuart the lieutenant-general who in 1806 crushed Napoleon's forces at the Battle of Maida.
Chef-Director Henry Harris, together with Head Chef Steve Collins have created an à la carte menu showcasing classic dishes with British and French influences. Kick off with fish soup, rouille, gruyére and croutons or maybe calves brains and black butter. Main courses move into the realms of fillet of beef 'en Brodquin', wild mushrooms and Madeira jus or from the sea cold poached salmon, sauce vierge and a fennel, olive and samphire salad. Desserts finish in style with lemon posset and black cherry trifle or poached pear, cheesecake cream, amoretti and raspberry sauce.
There's a carefully compiled wine list, chilled keg beers, guest ales and a cocktail menu.
Traditional French / British
Henry Harris and Steve Collins
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.30am - 10.00am Mon-Sat
Lunch: 12.00 - 6.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express