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.
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.
Often slow in my experience, unless you’re actually sitting at the bar - I’d be nervous visiting pre-theatre.
Just off Regent Street and close to Piccadilly Circus and the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue.
The fish pie is £16.95, oysters from £9.50 a half dozen, roast cod with chorizo and rosemary £18.50.
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