The Tramshed review

The latest in the Hix stable of restaurants is already a runaway success. His brand is becoming clearly definable in that just walking into the huge space that is Tramshed, its design shouts that Mark Hix is behind the concept. The artwork is eclectic and fun. For starters there’s the Damien Hirst pickled cow and chicken dominating the main dining space, a not-so-subtle reminder of the restaurant’s menu, just in case anyone wasn’t aware that it serves only chicken and steak. Then there’s the Cartoon Network cartoon chicken and cow at the far end of the room hanging over the mezzanine floor – also by Hirst.  Original cream tiles cover the vast walls, while steel girders act as pillars supporting the lofty arched ceiling.

In the main dining room there are several semi-private and group dining options. Seven C-shaped banquettes flank one side of the restaurant, and can be hired exclusively seating up to 8 on each, then there are long tables in the main restaurant which can seat up to 12. There are three of these on the mezzanine floor, overlooking the whole room. Up to two of these can be hired at no cost (or minimum spend) for a semi private event with an a la carte menu for up to 24 guests, although there is the restaurant’s standard two and a half hour table turn-around time. For exclusive use, the mezzanine seats up to 40 private dining guests on two long tables with no turn-around time. For this, there is currently a minimum spend of £1,500 plus service charge at 12.5%.

Menus are based on the a la carte. This means guests will be served the daily changing trio of starters, followed by chicken or steak. For large parties a mix will be provided, although all chicken or all steak menus can also be prearranged if required. Menus work out at around £40 a head for three courses. Tap water comes free although unlimited filtered still and sparkling water is also available for a cover charge of £1 a head of which a percentage unfiltered water charge goes to local Art Against Knives.. Below the main restaurant is the CNB Gallery, a strikingly urban space which can be hired for canapé events for up to 120.

There’s a minimum spend of £3,000 plus service charge and menus are created on a bespoke basis. The white walls showcase art exhibits which change every six weeks, while the grey painted concrete floor and virtually empty floor space mean it’s ideal for corporate parties, product launches and exhibition openings as well as private events. Finally, up a wrought iron staircase at the back of the main restaurant the uber-exclusive Kitchen Library (with private entrance if required) is available for private hire for 12 guests for dinner. Designed as a domestic living space, the room houses Mark Hix’s 2,000-strong collection of cookery books, and has a fully kitted out demonstration kitchen as well as some select living room furniture in retro-chic style and a bar billiards table. Hire charge for the Kitchen Library is available on request.