A cherished haunt of everyone from Michael Caine to Rod Stewart, Helen Wilcock spends an evening at Tramp for a taste of its iconic party culture
Mayfair has always been the place to be for anyone who is anyone and Tramp certainly follows that unwritten rule. Due to celebrate its 50th birthday next year, Tramp is iconic – its walls have seen every A-lister since it opened its doors back in 1969.
Tramp’s interiors are simply beautiful and as you’re greeted by the polite staff, you can’t help but get distracted by the luxurious design. We were escorted to the terrace to enjoy cocktails and were delighted to look up and see an open roof, giving the ultimate indoor/outdoor feeling.
Despite being outside the terrace is an amazing extension of the club with the design flowing seamlessly from main building.
The cocktail menu has a great variety of drinks that live up to their fabulous names. Our favourite was the original Tramp cocktail appropriately named Let’s Get Tramped. Made with Gin, Grapefruit Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice and Tonic, it was simply delicious.
We also tried the Health Freak with Tanqueray Gin, Ginger Juice, Spirulina, lime juice, apple juice and apple nectar. It reminded me of a green juice so you can definitely pretend this cocktail is good for you!
We then headed downstairs into the zodiac room for dinner which as the name suggests was decorated with unique horoscope motifs. We began with the Original Duck Salad with pomelo, rock chives, ginger soy dressing & crisp lotus root (£15) and the Tiradito of Seabream with burnt cucumber, green apple, asparagus & yuzu (£14). Both dishes looked amazing, perfect for that Instagram shot.
The duck salad was light which is great for a starter and the lotus root crisp added great texture but we did struggle to find the duck within the dish so would have loved more. The seabream was soft and delicate with a wonderful sauce that just covered the fish without overpowering it.
Our mains were definitely the favourite part of our meal and really showcased the best of Tramp’s produce. We chose Barbary Duck Breast with charred Bok choi with chilli, ginger squash puree, poached kumquat & sesame (£26) and the Angus Beef Fillet with caramelised onion, asparagus & braised ox cheek sauce (£36).
The duck had salty crispy skin and perfectly cooked pink flesh. The spiced puree was a great addition and added another flavour and texture to the dish. The Angus beef was so soft that you could eat it with a spoon and the braised ox cheek sauce was divine with a great depth of flavour.
We completed our meal with a wonderfully sharp Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate Terrine which was as light as a mousse. We were also treated to Espresso Martini’s to end a wonderful evening at a truly iconic location.
When you walk into Tramp, the luxurious feel of the private members club is immediate, with low lights and numerous staff waiting to assist you. Whether you are there for dinner, drinks or to dance the night away your every need will be catered for.
It’s the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a night of luxury where you will be treated like a VIP, while you enjoy a touch of celebrity spotting. However, be sure to have your purse at the ready because at night at Tramp certainly doesn’t come cheap.
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Where: 40 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DN
Reservations: Visit tramp.co.uk to find out more and make a booking