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Tuttons: A new era for an historic restaurant

27 June 2012 by Louise Routledge

Tuttons Covent Garden

Tuttons, Covent Garden

Known for its iconic red awnings and vivid al fresco dining terrace on the corner of Covent Garden’s Russell Street, Tuttons has often been overlooked as a restaurant solely catering to day trippers and tourists. Never has this misconception been further from the truth than now. Having recently undergone a significant refurbishment project and a revision of the menu, Tuttons reopened in June. Every bit the modern brasserie and more, Tuttons is well worth a visit.

The restaurant has been completely transformed by interior designer, Russell Sage, and head chef, Alan Southwell. Sage, known for his work with Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, has reinvented the Tuttons interior, whilst Alan Southwell has created an accomplished and cohesive menu that works in perfect harmony with its new, stylish, brasserie surroundings.

 

Tuttons Restaurant

 

I was fortunate enough to enjoy a delicious meal, featuring warm, roast Gressingham duck salad with golden girolles, broad beans & pomegranate as my starter.

 

Tuttons Duck Salad

 

The refined main course comprised of pan roasted corn fed chicken breast with Charlotte potatoes, asparagus, pearl onions and a red wine & tarragon sauce.

 

Tuttons Chicken Breast

 

I completed the meal with Kentish raspberry cheesecake with biscuit crumb. Delicious!

 

Tuttons Raspberry Cheesecake

 

Another equally fascinating element to the Tuttons dining experience is the history of the restaurant.

Tuttons was once known as the Hummums of Covent Garden. Since the late seventeenth century, the Hummums stood on the corner of Great Russell Street and Tavistock Row, providing a myriad of services ranging from a hotel and restaurant to Turkish baths. The Hummums also features in the literature of both the eighteenth and nineteenth century, in the works of Britain’s literary greats such as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Charles Dickens. The building has not had an uneventful past. It has undergone all but destruction by fire and demolition. Like a phoenix, it has repeatedly emerged triumphantly from its ashes. 

The eponymous Tuttons restaurant was introduced to Covent Garden in the early seventies, carrying the surname of the owner. It has changed hands several times since then but arguably at no point in its history has the restaurant looked as grand as it does today.

 

Tuttons, Covent Garden

11-12 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HZ

Twitter: @TuttonsLondon

Online booking available here

 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 08:00 - 23:30

Thursday to Saturday: 08:00 - 23:45

Sunday: 08:00 - 23:00


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About The Author Louise Routledge

Louise Routledge is Head of Marketing at Livebookings, and previously she worked for a London based restaurant group. Louise enjoys travel and eating out, regularly combining her two passions. Her most recent trips include Tel Aviv and Stockholm. When Louise isn’t dining out or travelling she can be found exercising with British Military Fitness in her local park.

Her current restaurant favourites are Da Polpo, Hawksmoor (for their burgers) and for every-day dining Busaba.
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Comments (2) -

 

It really is a lovely venue I would recommend it!

27/06/2012 15:45:25 #
| Emma Groves
 

Hi Louise. Congratulations!!! Everything is very beautiful, and food looks delicious!!! I'm from Brazil and worked at Tuttons on 1988. My wife and I own Lali's Café, in the south of Brazil. I hope you can visit us in the near future. Besides the website we have a profile at Facebook.

25/08/2012 22:02:22 #
| Rudmar Estevão

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