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11-15 Swallow Street
More than a century down the line, Bentley’s still offers “the freshest oysters in London” with all the conviviality you’d expect of a restaurant owned by Richard Corrigan. Downstairs, shuckers get through Carlingford, Jersey and West Mersea bivalves like they’re going out of fashion, with support from celebratory seashore platters, fish and chips and even a sushi salad bowl. Things are noticeably less hectic in the upstairs grill, where punters have time to anticipate and savour sea bass carpaccio with langoustine and lime, ‘royal’ fish pie or grilled sirloin of Irish Hereford beef with salted bone marrow and black pepper onions. Dessert could be a seasonal trifle or a tropical arrangement of pineapple, mango, chilli, ginger and coconut, while the wine list matches these fulsome flavours with plenty by the glass and a global outlook among the bottles. When it comes to the bill, “Corrigan knows how to charge, but can be excused given the overall quality,” says one regular.
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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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11-15 Swallow Street
0207 7344 4756
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 271m
Green Park Tube Station 519m
Fortnum & Mason 141m
Jermyn Street 146m
Oyster Bar: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)
Grill: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 5.30-11pm
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 5
Everything about last night was superb from the charming General Manager Stephan to the best Dover Sole in London. If you are looking to dine for a special occasion or just have a fabulous fish supper Bentleys is as good as it was 20 years go.
I booked this as a pre theatre meal for myself and a friend and I wasn't disappointed!!
Service and food was excellent!
They hadn't appreciated it was pre theatre and when we told them part way through service they ensured we left on time, without being or feeling rushed.
I'd definitely go back again.
Food + drink: 3
We arrived about 30 minutes before our table reservation, and although we were told we could be seated earlier we decided to take advantage of Oyster bar. The barman was extremely friendly and presented us with an Oyster menu and wine list. The menu had a selection of Native and Rock oysters and the barman was helpful and knowledgeable when it came to advising on choice of Oysters and wine to match. We went for 6 Native from West Mercia and 6 Rock from Carligford, both were outstanding and the Muscadet wine matched perfectly.
We then moved upstairs to be seated at our table where we scanned the menu. The decor was in keeping of the theme of the restaurant and the atmosphere was relaxed. We had three waitresses looking after us, the service was attentive without being annoying. There was so much choice on the menu it was hard to decide what to have but we went for the Stuffed Baby Squid and Macoroni of Lobster to start. The squid was cooked to perfection and a very light starter, the Macoroni was quite large and very flavorsome. For mains we had Pan Seared Scallops with Pork Belly and Roast Fillet of Cod, both dishes had fantastic flavour and extremely well presented, although the Scallops are a very small main course.
Our sommelier was very knowledgeable and recommended an amazing South African Semilion to go with the main courses.
We ended the evening on the terrace which would be perfect for summer alfresco dining.
Overall a great meal for fish lovers with excellent service. Richard Corrigan even made an appearance then headed off on his motorbike.
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