Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

Price guide: Mid-range

11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG

Price guide: Mid-range

Bentley's on Swallow Street

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#9 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
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4.1
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.8
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, History, Romance

Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

An historic London restaurant brought back to life by a passionate Irish chef.

This is a spot my husband and I visit regularly (which means we’re spending our own money!) since chef Richard Corrigan took over. The oyster bar’s long opening hours mean it’s handy to pop into after shopping or a matinee, and it’s great fun sitting at the bar watching the staff at work and chatting to the other diners.

Food and drink: 

I almost always have the fish pie with green Tabasco sauce on the side. The fish soups are very good, and smoked eel (served here with crème fraîche and potato pancakes) is a must if you’ve never tried it. Anyone who’s a bit nervous of eating oysters can rest easy in the knowledge that Bentley’s is bound to have at least one variety they enjoy, and because it is the UK’s top buyer and seller of oysters, freshness is first class. The best Irish soda bread in the capital can be found nestled in the bread basket. Wines are carefully chosen to suit the food.

Ambience: 

The Arts & Crafts décor of the Victorian building has been carefully refurbished and the compact oyster bar has buckets of old-world charm. Its menu is also served at the glamorous streetside tables. Upstairs, the grill restaurant is more restrained and formal.

Service: 

Often slow in my experience, unless you’re actually sitting at the bar - I’d be nervous visiting pre-theatre.

Location: 

Just off Regent Street and close to Piccadilly Circus and the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue.

Price advice: 

The fish pie is £16.95, oysters from £9.50 a half dozen, roast cod with chorizo and rosemary £18.50.

More information on Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
Seafood
Address:
11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG
Telephone:
020 7734 4756
Website:
http://www.bentleysoysterbarandgrill.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Richard Corrigan, Irish

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