Amorous to the extreme, our plot in the restaurant was romantic, chilled and fluid to the sound of live piano cuts and a belting songstress. The service? An absolute credit to the venue. Not only willing to spare the time to crack jokes, and armed with hugs, the team at Trading House are as conscientious as the interiors.
The seductively lit, marble-pillared halls of the old Bank of New Zealand are the impressive setting for this new pub, bar and dining room combo...Cocktails such as cardamom and pineapple Margaritas and strawberry and mint Martinis tend towards the fruity, floral and syrupy-sweet; a Sazerac is unconvincingly softened with lavender syrup. Discerning drinkers should go off-menu, because our dry Martini was impeccable.
This is, in a sense, a turbo-Wetherspoons, set around the theme of navigator Phileas Fogg and his attempt to make it Around the World in Eighty Days...The bar itself looks enormously pretty and features a whimsical yet complex cocktail list.