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|Address:||11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG|
|Tel:||020 7734 4756|
|Price: £59.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sat 11am-12M|
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First I have to declare myself a long-time fan of Richard Corrigan's, and a previous visitor to Bentleys, so it was doubly-disappointing to have a decidedly mediocre experience for a recent birthday lunch. Perhaps I should have been forewarned when a restaurant representative phoned ostensibly to confirm my booking, but actually to give me the ‘hard sell’ about their special ‘Beef and Oyster’ event taking place in the main restaurant that Sunday lunchtime. When I declined , as two of my party of five did not eat beef, I was told 'ok, you'll have a table in the downstairs bar'. And what a service disaster that was, from start to finish…
Ten full minutes passed before we managed to flag down a waiter to take out drink orders – despite the fact that we were squeezed into the end table and they were flitting back and forth behind us the entire time, studiously ignoring us. Bread arrived, but no side plates ,which did eventually make an appearance about half an hour later when some hapless waiter came to organise our cutlery (by which time the bread was pretty much finished and the crumbly evidence littered the table). The Bloody Marys that were presented were possibly the most insipid I have ever had the misfortune to imbibe in an expensive London restaurant – and for Sunday lunch! How tough is it to actually flavour the tomato juice? For £13 a pop I expected way better.
To be fair the shellfish was exemplary, but then I would expect nothing less from a fish restaurant of this caliber (and price range)and there is not much you can do to ruin some good oysters and chilled langoustine. But the erratic, distracted service continued apace – it all felt like we were doing the heavy lifting in the front of house area. All in all it seems that standards have slipped perilously since my previous visit and that Chef Corrigan has taken his eye off this particlar corner of his burgeoning empire. What a shame, but I shall be going to Scott's next time around.