Dive into the capital’s best fish restaurants A fan of fish? Happily London has plenty of top-notch seafood restaurants to sate your appetite. We’ve complied a list of our five favourite places to devour seafood in the city
Bentley's Oyster Bar
Richard Corrigan’s restaurant has an upscale vibe - from the oak flooring, art deco windows and wooden panelling to the glossy, well heeled clientele who flock to this Swallow Street venue, for specials such as sea bass and caponata and wild sea trout with samphire and verjus. But save room forCorrigans’ soda bread. Made with black treacle and buttermilk, chances are you’ll hate yourself as you hoover up the basket...
11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG (www.bentleys.org)
This long running West End haunt - owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Caprice group - is one of London’s most iconic eateries and has earned a reputation as the capital’s best fish restaurant. Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, Kelly Brook and Ewan McGregor certainly seem to think so. They are just a few of the celebrities who have been spotted slipping through the unassuming door for Sheekey’s famous fish pie. You’ll also find an array of oysters - West Mersea pearls, Lindisfarne rocks and fines de claire all feature - on the menu, alongside classic seafood options and a wide selection of wine. Walls are adorned with black and white portraits of film stars but you don’t need the budget of an A lister to eat here: main dishes cost between £14.25 and £23.75.
28-32 St Martin's Court, WC2 4AL (www.j-sheekey.co.uk)
Randall & Aubin
Situated in the heart of Soho, Randall & Aubin is famed for serving excellent seafood fare, alongside a selection of classic French and British dishes. The restaurant’s menus are created and overseen by Head Chef Ed Baines, who is passionate about serving good, simple, delicious food. Still for all the excellence of the food, it’s the little touches (a funky, eclectic soundtrack and staff who treat you like royalty) that help elevate Randall & Aubin from the pack.
16 Brewer Street, W1 (www.randallandaubin.com)
Regardless of which day you visit, you’re guaranteed to find a crowd - and quite possibly rock stars and film directors - here, so dress the part. Enjoying a meal in this elegant (tables are set around a dramatic marble oyster and champagne bar) eatery isn’t cheap - this is Mayfair - but dishes like smoked halibut accompanied by asparagus band fried ousters and roasted cod are delicious and justify their price tags.
20 Mount Street,W1K 2HE (www.scotts-restaurant.com)
Wright Brothers Soho
Wright Brothers Soho boasts an extensive list of oysters covering seasonal varieties - Carlingford, Colchester, Brownsea Island and Maldon are all present and correct. But it’s not all about oysters at this nautical themed space: there are plenty of fish dishes - from roast pollock to salmon and smoked haddock fish pie, plus a few meat options and a token vegetarian - hello risotto - offering. Don’t miss out on dessert: the caramel cream and biscotti gets our vote.
13 Kingly Street, G7/G8 Kingly Court, W1B ( www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk)