Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

Address: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7734 4756

- Mid-range

4.9

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
4.9
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Service
3
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Food and drink
4.9
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Value for money
3.8
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Ambience
4.1
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Location
4.5
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Romance
  • History

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