La Trompette … formal winter dining

When I visited: November 2018

Location: London, Chiswick

Rating in the Michelin Guide: 1 star

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress / workwear

Ambience: Formal, smart

Course of the meal: Butternut squash soup

If I could change one thing: More truffle flavour in the soup


La Trompette is a well-established formal restaurant in Chiswick, also known for its affiliations with Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse. I went there on a cold November evening and enjoyed the 3-course a la carte menu with some friends.

We shared a bottle of Pouilly Fuissé white wine which was fairly creamy (and some still water as well as some sparkling which randomly appeared without us ordering it), and some sourdough with salted butter to start with. The staff were fairly reserved from the outset, although a little friendlier at the end when we discussed gin distilleries.

For starters, we sampled the skate and the butternut squash soup with truffle, which was very good but didn’t have enough truffle flavour. For mains, we went for the guinea hen and turbot with vegetables, which were all good if not particularly remarkable, and for desserts we tried the apple crumble soufflé (very nice but a little big), the bitter chocolate, and custard with caramel and pear. We also got little petits fours chocolates on a cocoa bean bed (always welcome).

I would go back to La Trompette if I were in the Chiswick area and wanted to go to a nice restaurant, but I probably wouldn’t make a special trip there.

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