The old saying goes that you should only eat oysters in months containing an ‘r’. London Oyster Week (21-29 April) is here to put a stop to all of that though, by highlighting the best all-year-round offerings from London’s oyster scene. Shellfish enthusiasts can buy an Oyster Week passport here, which gives access to exclusive dishes and offers across the capital. See our pick of the best below, and get shucked.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Mayfair
London Oyster Week dish: Oyster Passport holders at Richard Corrigan’s 100-year old oyster bar can enjoy the Bentley’s special of six native oysters with a glass of Champagne, for the discounted price of £25.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
Bonnie Gull, Fitzrovia and Soho
London Oyster Week dish: At these two seafood shacks, passport holders can get their hands on Jersey rock oysters three ways: natural, tempura-fried with pickled watermelon radish and sesame mayonnaise, or dressed with Hendricks gin, cucumber and dill.
Where: 21A Foley Street, W1W 6DS; 22 Bateman Street, W1D 3AN
Noble Rot, Fitzrovia
London Oyster Week dish: Known for its one-of-a-kind wine list, Noble Rot is treating passport holders to a £10 oyster and wine flight, featuring two Maldon rock oysters alongside a 2015 glass of Haut Févrie Muscadet.
Where: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB
London Oyster Week dish: While guests enjoy a panorama of London’s cityscape, those with Oyster Passports can also enjoy a cracking deal – two crispy Porthilly oysters served with a chilled watercress and lettuce velouté, leeks and a glass of Prosecco, for just £10.
Where: 1 Paul’s Walk, EC4V 3QH
Randall & Aubin, Soho
London Oyster Week dish: This seafood mainstay on Soho’s Brewer Street is offering up six breaded Irish oysters with tartare sauce and caviar, alongside an oyster Mary shot, all for just £15.
Where: 16 Brewer Street, W1F 0SQ
The Tommyfield, Kennington
London Oyster Week dish: At this Victorian boozer, which is part of a select chain of south London gastropubs, passport holders can get their hands on a traditional steak and oyster pie, matched with a bottle of stout, all for just £10.
Where: 185 Kennington Lane, SE11 4EZ
Wright Brothers, Soho
London Oyster Week dish: Take your passport to the Soho branch of seafood mini-chain Wright Brothers to get your hands on an exclusive dish of three oysters dressed with Chardonnay sabayon, red onion relish and olive oil, for the discounted price of £7.50.
Where: 13 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW
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