Food and drink
Check the specials board – we were lucky enough to score hot deep-fried oysters with a lush tarragon mayo – but the knockout dish is a menu staple: ox cheek and ale pie comes with two fresh oysters on the side to pop into the pie before eating. For such a rich-tasting dish you want something equally beefy alongside and the Kernel beers (IPA and porter) brewed in Bermondsey are really worth trying in preference to the wines. The beers go well with simple oysters too. Desserts are bijou but very delicious.
Slighty corporate and faux-rustic but not without charm. Despite the location, it tends to attract Londoners more than tourists.
Knowledgeable, certainly. I’ve not been when it’s busy.
Between Carnaby and Regent Streets, great for shopping or as a central meeting point after work.
Seafood always tends to be more than you want to pay, but compared to other shellfish specialists prices are reasonable. A plate of three oysters starts at £6.50, mains are £10-£17 and desserts £4-£5.50.
The original in Borough Market is something of a City gent bolthole – see website below for details.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- People watching
- No fuss