Leanne Kelsall embarked on a mission, to discover the best places to eat around Regent Street, for this dining feature she headed to Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
2016 is a very special year for Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill on Swallow Street, as this popular eatery can now boast serving world-renowned oysters over its opulent marble bar for the past ten decades.
Fist opened in 1916 and now operated by Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan, (chef/owner of Corrigan Restaurants), this luxurious yet laid-back seafood spot is steeped in history – having begun serving oysters before your Grandparents were born.
Today, the original décor remains, giving the restaurant real character and charm. Bentley’s shucks around 1,000 fresh oysters a day, serving them in all kinds of ways. Enjoy them rich and raw – in rock or native form — or cooked with a contemporary twist.
You’ll find some if the city’s finest seafood here too, with cockles, crab, lobster and Dover sole all on their extensive menu.
But it’s not just the seafood that draws in the punters – it’s Bentley’s star-shuckers too. They’ll gladly talk you through the origins and handling of the oysters you’re tucking into, and will advise on the best way to eat them. Which, by the way, for me was with a dash of lemon and a sprinkling of pepper. Each to their own though.
To make the whole experience even more enjoyable, every Friday at the Oyster Bar from 7:30 to 11:30pm London’s finest pianists are on hand to entertain you. If you partake in one of London’s favourite ‘secret’ past times – ‘people watching’ give the terrace a try, it’s covered and heated and offers not only an exciting way to dine but just as important, provides great views up and down Swallow Street.
Perfect for: Fizz with friends over an oyster shucking masterclass
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill – Where and how
11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
T: +44 (0)20 7734 4756
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 11:30pm
Sunday: 11.30pm – 10.30pm
Monday – Friday: Lunch 12pm – 3pm
Monday – Saturday: 5.30pm – 11.00pm
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill hold back a number of tables each evening for walk-ins.
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