I’ve always had a soft spot for 1000 Trades. From the time we wandered in not long after they opened back in 2016, to our 2019 New Years Eve, where I was whirled around the (non-existent) dance floor to various 80s anthems. I even had my 40th birthday shindig there. Mr Fletche and I wanted to make sure we made the most of the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme by supporting some of our favourites. Which is how we found ourselves in our old JQ neighbourhood on a sultry Tuesday evening in August.
For those that don’t know, Eat Out To Help Out is currently running Monday to Wednesday in registered establishments and offers a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks (up to the value of £10 per person). It’s a great way to get people back into pubs and restaurants that may have struggled through the great COVID-19 lockdown of 2020.
1000 Trades are currently open Tuesday-Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 1pm-10pm and 4pm-9pm on Sundays. They are offering Eat Out To Help Out on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
You can make a reservation at 1000 Trades via their website. They do permit walk ins, but it’s definitely best to book a table. You can also book a “drinks only” table if you prefer a meal of the more liquid variety. To try and avoid no-shows – the scourge of small independent businesses – 1000 Trades do ask for card details when booking.
Right inside the door there’s a squirty hand sanitizer machine. John and his team will greet you and direct you to your table. Ordering is done by app. You scan the QR code for the menu, pop your table number and email/phone details in the contact form, and place your food and drink order. The tables are well spaced out, and there’s a cute sanitizer bottle on each table. At least I think it was sanitizer. I didn’t squirt it on my food just in case. The loos are strictly one person at a time, with a lock on the main exterior toilet door. Bonus points for the New Kids On The Block record cover print on the wall. I cannot confirm if the men’s loos have the same treat.
1000 Trades has a rotating menu, and we’ve enjoyed tacos, Caribbean food and tapas in the past. It’s more of a gourmet pub grub menu post-lockdown. Mr Fletche had the Devon Mist Cider Glazed Pork Chops, with whipped goats cheese, toasted walnuts and berries, with butter and chive mash. I had a hankering for a burger, and opted for the Texan – free range fried chicken, bacon chorizo jam, bbq sauce, American cheese and herby slaw, with triple cooked chips. As always at 1000 Trades, the food was delicious, even if the sweltering heat meant alternating eating with mopping our brow.
It was too hot for my favourite Bobal red wine so it was a Siren Calypso from the fridge for me. It’s an enjoyable sour which isn’t too lip-pursingly, face-scrunchingly sharp. Mr Fletche would disagree. He went for the refreshing crisp Shindigger West Coast Pale Ale.
It was great to see one of my favourites so busy on a Tuesday evening. Indeed, many of the other eateries and bars around the Jewellery Quarter were bustling too. Eat Out To Help Out seems to be a great success so far. Hopefully it will support some of our favourite independent businesses to thrive after a challenging time.