Situated in the heart of historic Smithfield just moments from the market, HIX Oyster & Chop House is the kind of place that foodies book for their wedding breakfast. Formerly a sausage factory and then a fish restaurant, the building is now home to Mark Hix’s original solo restaurant that’s been going strong for over ten years.
Many of the building’s original features remain and combined with the marble oyster bar, wooden floors and tiled walls on which carefully-chosen British artworks hang, these make for a cool space in which to hold a seated meal for up to 70 wedding guests. White tablecloths offer a blank canvas for table decorations, while the brown leather banquette seating means you don’t have to mess around with chair covers.
Aside from its excellent location, the main reason most people choose HIX Oyster & Chop House to host special occasion meals is the food and drink. Unsurprisingly, it’s oysters (which might include Loch Ryan No 2s or Pyefleet Creek’s finest bivalves) and the meat that most punters rave about here, and for good reason. The Glenarm Estate beef that’s served here is sold exclusively to Mark by the founder and owner of Hannan Meat in Northern Ireland, and the chef has similarly close working relationships with his other suppliers too. Chicken comes from Swainson House Farm near Preston, and wild and foraged ingredients make up a vital part of the menus Mark creates too.
When it comes to wedding parties, Hix Oyster & Chop House offers seasonal feast menus designed to share. These include three sharing starters followed by a feast of your choice, an optional cheese course, and a family-style dessert. Paired wines can be arranged also, and menus can be tweaked in order to cater to the dietary requirements of your guests. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for, in spite of the restaurant’s main focus, and the staff are endlessly helpful when it comes to arranging everything just so for your big day.