The Truscott Arms, Maida Vale

The Truscott Arms Maida Vale London

Helena Lang raises a glass to one of London’s most successful gastropubs – the Truscott Arms

The Truscott Arms, in London’s Maida Vale, is a gastropub worthy of its many awards. Donegal-born head chef Aidan McGee comes from a farming family where home-grown ingredients were rustled up into delicious dishes by his father, also a chef. He’s continued this legacy with authentic, unpretentious British and Irish dishes; a three-course dinner menu is fantastic value at just £37.

Best of all, most of the dishes on the menu are gluten-free – useful in today’s world where a guest with a wheat intolerance is surprisingly common. We dined on a delicious starter of tender Scottish scallops served with a slab of smoked bacon and peas followed by two hefty main courses of halibut with smoked clams, salsify and sea beets and Ballindalloch beef with turnips and potatoes. Best of all, my gluten-intolerant guest was offered a selection of gluten-free beers – a first!

Helena Lang is editor of Sainsbury’s magazine

Helena Lang is a member of IoD Central London

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Helena Lang

Helena Lang

Helena has been the restaurant columnist for Director magazine since June 2012 and is a Food and Beverage consultant. In addition she is Editor-in-chief of Sainsbury’s magazine, the most widely read glossy monthly paid-for magazine on the British newsstand. Always a lifestyle journalist Helena has worked within the fashion and features departments of some of the UK’s top lifestyle titles including Cosmopolitan, Red and Psychologies magazines.

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