The best time to visit Bentley’s is when there’s an ‘r’ in the month: this venerable fish specialist (which opened its doors back in 1916) is a top spot for slurping native oysters and can sell more than a thousand bivalves in a single day. Current incumbent Richard Corrigan is a respecter of tradition, but happily reshapes time-honoured themes – witness ‘exemplary’ lobster and basil macaroni, scallops with clementines or, our favourite, chorizo-stuffed baby squid served with mussels and sauce vierge. Otherwise, indulge in a seamlessly deboned Dover sole or pick your way through the glinting shellfish selection. We’d recommend the boisterous ground-floor bar/brasserie, but for something plusher, head upstairs to the restaurant, where prices are higher and fancy-pants meals take place against a backdrop of William Morris wallpaper. Bentley’s caters for all occasions, and service is very proper, ‘sir’ – although it can become distracted. The comprehensive global wine list also hits the mark for quality.
A lot of good stuff in here. Wines are separated out (wines of the sea/Sauvignon Blanc/honeyed and aromatic), with a mix of stylistic, varietal and regional – and it really works. Loads by the glass, cleverly chosen for the seafood-driven cuisine. Good to see sherries given their own page as well.
Richard’s approach is defined by his belief in good hospitality coupled with excellent food. Food that is sourced as locally as possible and from individuals rather than large companies. Richard’s culinary career, in brief, spans several years in the Netherlands, head chef of Mulligan’s in Mayfair in London and his first Michelin star, awarded to him when he was head chef of Fulham Road in Fulham in 1994, also in London.
Richard went on to open Lindsay House in Soho, London, and won a Michelin star there in 1997. He then bought and refurbished Bentley’s in 2005, an oyster and seafood restaurant just off Piccadilly. He went on to open Corrigan’s Mayfair in 2008, Bentley’s Sea Grill at Harrod’s was his next venture in 2012 and most recently, in 2013 the Virginia Park Lodge in Ireland.
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