Wright Brothers Borough 1

11 Stoney Street , London, SE1 9AD

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SquareMeal Review of Wright Brothers Borough

Wright Brothers now have outlets across the capital, but this is where it all began for London's uncrowned oyster kings. Everyone loves the relaxed vibe and service is just right – "attentive when needed, but otherwise leaving everyone to their own devices". Bag a seat at the counter or at one of the high tables before eyeing the blackboards. "Wonderful" briny oysters are a must, but the daily menu takes in various other seafood wonders too, from smoked mackerel pâté and potted shrimps to "sublime" turbot or brill with cavolo nero, turnips and horseradish sauce. The fish soup "merits much discussion" (in a good way), while big spenders splash out on indulgent fruits de mer. Value for money can be a "bit on the high side", but this is still a top spot: "I'm never disappointed here", says a fan who "grew up by the sea".

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8.8

Food & Drink: 8.9

Service: 8.5

Atmosphere: 8.4

Value: 7.8

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Corinne C. bronze reviewer 04 April 2016

I was on my one this ocassion. I was seated at the bar. Good seat as I could see the banter between the chefs. A bit of entertainment while dinning. Delicious oysters and fish soup. Very enjoyable experience.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Nicki T. bronze reviewer 10 March 2016

I booked this table for my boss and he thought the food was excellent , although a lunch for two at £80 was a little pricey - however this did not detract from the excellent experience gained - and hopefully more business.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

andrew j. 18 May 2015

4 of us met up for lunch as our Edinburgh pal was in town. We snacked on some wonderful Oysters while we chose our meal. They were plump and tasty. We decided on starters - fish soup, herrings & caesar salad. Just the right amount, fresh and appetizing. The fish soup merited much discussion- our two gourmands ranked it 3 to 4 out of 5. For mains we shared the turbot which was sublime and enough on its own, and a crab which did not get the attention it probably deserved due to the former. all washed down with some French white. Service was wonderful throughout, attentive when we looked for help otherwise we were left to our own devices - which suits us.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 26 June 2014

As the old joke goes, I'm on a seafood diet: I see food, I eat it. Yes, it works better out loud than in print. Well, I wasn't on a diet, I was disgustingly hungover, and normally would have been hunting out a full fry up but as my friend is a pescatarian I had suggested Wright Bros for lunch and was hoping that as long as I could see and eat food I'd be OK. This Borough Market outpost is in a great location with a huge open front from which you can watch the market-goers bustle on by, however, if you book you will probably be put, as we were, on shared high tables towards the back of the tiny, rammed venue near the open kitchen. Whilst that is a great spot for watching the chefs do their thang, it is very hot and stuffy on a summer's day; not ideal when you are suffering from last night's excess. For the first time in a long, long time I had a meal out booze-free. A large basket of bread with plenty of butter started to work its carby magic and then a shared plate of pepper/aoili squid from the daily specials slipped down better than expected, the light, crispy batter substituting well for hash browns. Then I ordered a large pint of Atlantic shell-on prawns. Ambitious. It was the most enormous pint (no, not all pints are equal) of juicy little crustaceans densely packed into the jar. You certainly get your money's worth of these, although of course you have to do all the hard work yourself in peeling them. This kept my fingers occupied and my brain lulled with repetitiveness and provided enough meat to help restore my tum without being heavy and greasy like the traditional English breakfast. Service was generally friendly and helpful, dealing well with the demands of the many tightly-packed, sweaty customers. Our friend “forgot” her purse so I paid £82 for 2 of us before hot-footing it out of there and back to the cool calm of the sofa. Seafood: a surprising hangover cure.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Amjad G. bronze reviewer 20 February 2014

Got there just as they opened for lunch (Noon) and benefited from a sparse crowd and first orders from the kitchen. After mulitple visits to this original Wright Bros venue, I always order a main from the Daily Specials and, as has often been the case, it was a great choice. The Baked Crab (with Mustard & Gruyere) was outstanding as were the choices of Deviled Whietebait and Moule Marinieres from the regular menu. A wonderful place to go for fresh and well prepared seafood!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Jan d. silver reviewer 12 February 2014

A great meal that culinarily could not be faulted but if you're looking for a wide variety of fish dishes then go elsewhere. This is a crustacean lovers paradise only and for oysters, prawns and crab etc that are fresh, copious and beautifully presented, this is definitely your place. For fish lovers there was only a mackerel dish, some hake and plaice on the menu, none of which were that inspirational. Diners should also be aware that there no frites served here so if it's “moules frites” or similar that you're after then, again, you need to look elsewhere. Seats are very cramped in, especially along the bar, so be sure to go with someone whom you know pretty well and be prepared to spend much of the time apologising to your neighbour as well as having their elbows in your food/face too! it's also very hot at the far end near the kitchen so be sure to avoid those seats. A decent wine list is available and not extortionately priced.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Vero S. 13 August 2012

I have always been going to Paris for a sea-food platter and a glass of champagne just to discover that I don't have to go that far. The Wright Brothers place has it all (minus the Parisienne ambiance, but, hey, we are in London after all). The sea food is fresh and properly served, there is an outdoor space where one would want to sit on a nice sunny afternoon or after work. Perfect place to meet after work for the South-bank young professionals with a true love for and ‘oysters and champagne’ combo, just like myself.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Melanie E. bronze reviewer 23 October 2008

Oh my – went here last night and what a great treat it is! I had the most delicious potted prawns, not something I would nomally have, as it can be way too buttery. It was utterly delicious and not overpowering, just the way you always wanted them, but never had. Then dressed crab – which could have just been pulled out of the sea in Selsey for the freshness. 'He who doesn't really breathe while he eats' had a dozen recommended oysters and didn't offer one, which wasn't nice I thought – and then grinned and pronounced he would have some more with his main course they were so good. It's a really cosy, bustling, friendly place – everyone welcome, just don't be late! Loved it.

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