Table Talk: La Trompette, Chiswick

There are times when I have a lot of business lunches, then I get worn out and spend time in the gym. I've been going to La Trompette since I established our office in Chiswick in 2000. We tended to eat in small sandwich shops until we had a little more cashflow, but one day I was walking past La Trompette and it looked pretty cool. It turned out to be fantastic value, and puts other restaurants to shame, at any price.

by Timothy Richards
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

It has the feel of a French cafe, but with more space and nice quiet areas where you can actually speak. Back then, it was a great place to meet bankers and financial backers. People used to be reluctant to leave Mayfair to come out there, but I know that others I've introduced it to have gone back, because I've seen them there since.

It's a great spot. They have great fixed-course lunches, which is very cost-effective, and the head chef, James Bennington, is always pushing the envelope and trying new flavours. As with any good restaurant, there's tremendous attention to detail in the way the food is presented and served. Their focaccia bread is to die for, and their raisin walnut bread is fantastic too.

The appetisers are all good, including seasonal hot and cold soups. The fish dishes - particularly the halibut - are superb, as is the beef, served with fantastic chips. I eat more of those than I should. Some desserts are hugely decadent, but I tend towards the freshly made sorbets. It's nice to have the choice - either spoil yourself or have a sorbet and walk away. We keep going back, even though we're bigger than we used to be (both as people and a company, probably).

Timothy Richards is chief executive of Cinema Company Vue


5-7 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, London W4 2EU, 020 8747 1836,

Prix fixe: £35 for three courses

Favourite dishes
Roast halibut with creamed potatoes, red wine, button onions and lardons
Cote de boeuf with hand-cut chips and bearnaise sauce, for two
Pink grapefruit sorbet.

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