Putting TW2 on the Map.
We don’t venture as far as Twickenham Green often enough. But I’m
jolly glad we strolled down to TW2 Bar & Grill the other evening for a meal, as we discovered one of Twickenham’s hidden gems. Double-fronted,
it overlooks the Green. It was warm as toast inside - much needed as we
were frozen after our walk down. The place has a really nice vibe – it was comfortably busy and the cleverly designed layout means that even if it were quiet, you wouldn’t be that aware of it. Some folk were enjoying cocktails and others were eating, and the atmosphere was very welcoming.
Bruno, the charming assistant manager, suggested we have a drink at the bar before heading to our table. I was tempted to try a ‘Pink Champagne’ cocktail – champagne, citron vodka, pink grapefruit liqueur and grapefruit bitters. It was refreshing, with a perfect degree of sharpness and as I write this I could really murder another one! My husband, realising that we were almost an arm’s length from the home of Twickenham Fine Ales, opted for a glass of their Old Hands Session on draught. We chatted to the delightful, multi-tasking Jessica while she made cocktails for a table of guests.
So, on to our meal: Having noticed fried whitebait featuring on daily specials board, my husband was sorted from the outset. And they were absolutely superb: fat fish, dusted in a lightly seasoned coating and served with chilli mayo. I had chosen pulled duck with plum chutney & crostini, a starter from the amazing value ‘Best of British’ menu (1 course £10.00, 2 for £12.95 or 3 for £15.95 every Tuesday & Wednesday evening, and Friday & Saturday lunchtime noon till 3pm, excluding event days of course). My starter was very tasty, but in my opinion would have made a much better - and delicious - salad, rather than being quite difficult to negotiate, served in rather fiddly pots on a platter.
For mains, we had a fillet steak, which was beautifully cooked and very tender and tasty, plus TW2 steak & ale pudding with green beans and proper gravy. You can probably guess which of us had which of these! ‘Proper blokes’ food’ is how he described it, and it was polished off with great gusto. To accompany we had rocket salad, some chips and, as I can never resist sweet potato fries if they are on a menu, those too (but just for tasting purposes, of course). TW2 offers a number of different sauces to accompany the steaks, and I chose smoked Bearnaise. It was fabulous with the sweet potato fries, but I opted
for a little good old English mustard to go with the steak itself. Their meat is locally sourced from Surrey Farms, and cooked in a chargrill oven to give it a deep smoky flavour.
My husband chose apple and rhubarb crumble with custard for dessert and I opted for a lighter finale, chocolate orange trifle in a jar. The crumble
was good and my jar of trifle was a clever ‘assemblage’ of the individual components but quite unlike any trifle I had tried before. It was pretty, light and slid down a treat!
With a very good range of wines available by the glass, starting at £5.50, one can happily mix and match to pair with the food. (or stick with beer if preferred) House wine starts at £19.50 a bottle.
In summary, TW2 seems to be one Twickenham’s best-kept secrets. By all accounts, the roast Sunday lunch at £13.95 per head has a very loyal customer base...we will be back!
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