J Sheekey

Address: 28-32 St Martin's Court, London, WC2N 4AL, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7240 2565

- Expensive

4.3

I love perching at the oyster bar of this old Covent Garden restaurant.

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.

Food and drink
4
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Ambience
4.3
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

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.

Location

On a characterful theatre-land alley.

Price advice

Expect to pay around £120 for a three-course meal for two with wine.

Branches

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Trendiness

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