28-32 St Martin's Court, London, WC2N 4AL
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- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, People watching, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness
Expert review of J Sheekey
Founded in 1896, J Sheekey started as a fishmonger that served meals to the property developer’s post-theatre dinner parties. Now it’s a highly regarded restaurant and favourite lunchspot of the acting fraternity.
A convivial mix of classic British and simple contemporary dishes. The popular fishcake is posh school dinner stuff to the locals and it’s pleasant enough but you may wonder what the fuss is about. The fish and chips on the other hand are fabulous. Of the pricier dishes, I’ve had sensational salt-baked gilthead bream, and love having the fruits de mer – it’s a true feast.
Walls are lined with black and white photographs of British theatrical greats, though you’ll probably recognize a few from tv and cinema. The thrill, of course, is when they’re sitting at the next table – which won’t be far away as the place is so cramped.
Good in my experience but I’ve heard a few contrasting stories. Expect a forthright rejection if you don’t book in advance any day except Sunday. Thursday nights are especially busy.
On a characterful theatre-land alley.
Expect to pay around £120 for a three-course meal for two with wine.
Not a branch, as such, but sister restaurant Scott’s of Mayfair is also a fish specialist and much-loved by the celebrity crowd – see website for details.
More information on J Sheekey:
- Price guide:
- British, Modern, Seafood, Traditional
- 28-32 St Martin's Court, London, WC2N 4AL
- 020 7240 2565
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Restaurant Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight; Sun noon-3.30pm, 6-11pm. Oyster bar Mon-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- oyster bar