Food and drink
The menu is mostly British, whether it be traditional dishes (fish fingers with chips and mushy peas, spotted dick) or prime local ingredients (Goosnargh duck, Aberdeenshire porterhouse steak). Many opt for the oysters to start – in season you might find a choice of varieties from Essex, Devon and Northern Ireland. To finish, the bakewell pudding with caramelized almond ice-cream is gorgeous. I happily forgo the wine list in favour of the beers, which include Hix’s own oyster and India pale ales, and cocktail fiends will find the choice of unusual concoctions downstairs mesmerizing.
Understated eclectic: battered chesterfield sofas, art deco wall lights, and specially commissioned chandeliers from contemporary British artists.
Friendly and welcoming, and happy to let customers linger after lunch. We were very impressed by the easy, intelligent way they dealt with our baby daughter, too.
In the thick of it: a short stroll from Regent Street, Piccadilly and Oxford Circus.
Special set menus can keep a three-course meal for two under £60, but go à la carte and main courses alone will cost between £15 and £36 per head.
Mark Hix is seemingly ubiquitous at the moment. There's Hix Oyster & Chop House in Farringon, a restaurant and champagne bar in Selfridges department store, and he oversees the excellent Albemarle restaurant at Browns Hotel in Mayfair. If you're heading down Dorset way, Hix has a lovely waterside fish restaurant in Lyme Regis too. See website for details of all.
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