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Seven years since venerable Scott’s was reinvented, the grande dame of London fish restaurants remains one of the most fashionable destinations in the capital. The magnificent marble-topped
crustacea bar still twinkles with ice and seafood treasures, the oak-panelling positively gleams and diners sink into brown leather banquettes to soak up an experience that’s the ultimate in
star-spangled luxe; a meal here turns even buttoned-up business lunches into glamorous, feel-good events. Celebrity sightings (infamous or otherwise) are one of Scott’s guilty pleasures, but no one
ignores the exceedingly fine food – especially fish: scallops are seared in the shell with chilli and garlic, the haddock and chips is top of the range and more creative numbers such as
char-grilled squid with chickpea relish or roast cod with mixed beans, chorizo and Padrón peppers are classics in the making. Game in season is something of an insider’s secret – a reminder that
the kitchen is no slouch when it comes to things carnivorous. Service that’s rated as ‘second to none’ – from top-hatted doorman to smart-suited maitre d’ – rounds off a consistently impressive
When I think of Scotts, I immediately think of two people. One is Nigella, who, if the Daily Fail sidebar of shame is to be believed, practically lives here with her husband, “multimillionaire advertising tycoon” Charles Saatchi. The other is Richard Caring, who also happens to own, on the same road, the Mount Street Deli and the private members’ club, George. I’ve been to both. Obviously...
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Scott’s is owned by Caprice Holdings (who own Le Caprice, 34, J Sheekey and The Ivy to name but a few) and is as beautifully kitted out inside as its sister restaurants. It has a doorman, a cloakroom lady, hundreds of waiters – this place clearly doesn’t scrimp on staff. Rarely do I leave a...
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