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16 April 2014
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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grillone star

11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG

£59.00 Fish Portland Street, Regent Street

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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sat 11am-12M

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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.

Wine List Of The Year

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.

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  1. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Dawn B.

    Exceeded Expectations

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  2. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Stefan Halldor S.

    Very disappointing

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  3. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Kate B.

    More Oysters Please

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  4. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Robin T.

    The business end is fishy...

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 2

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  5. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Matt P.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  6. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Joel M.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  7. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Peter B.
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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 3

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  8. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Carol C.
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    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 1

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  9. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Miette B.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  10. Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

    11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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    Andrew N.
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    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 3

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  1. We went for cocktails in Regent Street and decided to grab a bite to eat nearby. I suggested Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill because it has a good reputation and has been on our ‘Restaurants to do list’ for a good while. It was a Sunday so luckily there was a table available for us. We were seated in the main dining room, which is much smaller than I expected (although there is another dining room the opposite side of the hall and bar). We were seated along the side of the wall with the other diners and my fellow diner sitting opposite me with their back to the bar...
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Richard Corrigan

Since leaving his native Ireland at 17, Richard Corrigan has made quite an impact in the capital. His first restaurant, Lindsay House, opened in Soho in 1997 & gained a Michelin star two years later. He has also revitalised seafood insitution Bentley's & teamed up with caterers Searcys to help shape the food at top contracts such as the Gherkin & the St Pancras Grand. Following the closure of Lindsay House in 2008, his reputation was further enhanced when Corrigan's of Mayfair opened in the newly refurbished Grosvenor House hotel. Corrigan has also re-kindled his links with Ireland, teaming up with Ryanair founder Tony Ryan to open the Mill at Lyons in County Kildare, & - more recently - launching a second Bentley's site in Dublin.
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