RestaurantsLondonPiccadilly W1

survey result

Summary

£98
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A classic for oyster lovers!” – acclaimed Irish chef, Richard Corrigan, continues to be a superb steward of this 106-year-old veteran (established in 1916), cutely tucked away in a side street near Piccadilly Circus, which he has rebuilt over the years into one of the Top 40 destinations in our annual diners’ poll. “For outstanding oysters or fish, you can’t go wrong”, with tips including “cracking fruits de mer” and “simply delicious fish stew”. His “fabulous” and “professional” staff help create a “lovely” atmosphere, although the top ‘craic’ in the ground-floor bar is often tipped over the grander but more sedate upstairs restaurant. (Another excellent option, particularly in summer, is the superb heated outdoor terrace). On the downside, the pricing is somewhat “prohibitive of a frequent visit”, but fans say “despite the expense, a meal here is an all-round package that is predictable in a good way”. Top Menu Tips – “oh-so-tasty options from the specials board” and “ask for more soda bread!!”

Summary

£94
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Richard Corrigan’s 100-year-old veteran, down a cute lane a short walk from Piccadilly Circus, remains one of London’s best-known destinations, with “drinks and nibbles on the heated terrace” (“a godsend during the lockdown era”) as a precursor to sampling the “classic” fish and seafood provided either in the lively ground-floor seafood bar (“lush oysters”) or more stately first floor (think lobster Newburg, Dover sole). Satisfaction levels remain high, but the pressures of the times have weighed a little on ratings: even a fan noting the “brilliant food” also spoke of “rising prices” and “value that’s not quite what it was”. Most reports, though, remain a resounding thumbs-up: “my favourite… you’re guaranteed to have a happy time”.

Summary

£90
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“We always sit at the bar and enjoy superb oysters!” – so say fans of the “more casual downstairs” at Richard Corrigan’s “elegant” stalwart, near Piccadilly Circus, which some diners prefer over the “quieter” (prettier) upstairs dining rooms. Now over a century old, this remains one of the capital’s favourite destinations for fish that’s “invariably good” and “classic seafood” (with lobster, oysters, “epic fish pie”, “top fish ’n’ chips with mushy peas” and “the best dressed crab in town” all rating mention). Most diners love its “very relaxed” style (although one or two feel staff can be a bit “over-familiar”), and there are pitfalls to its super-handy West End location: it can seem “rather touristy”; “tables are closely packed”; and prices are a bit “elevated”. Top Tip – “fabulous outside terrace: summer lunch in the alleyway is bliss”.

Summary

£90
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“We always sit at the bar and enjoy superb oysters!” – so say fans of the “more casual downstairs” at Richard Corrigan’s “elegant” stalwart, near Piccadilly Circus, which some diners prefer over the “quieter” (prettier) upstairs dining rooms. Now over a century old, this remains one of the capital’s favourite destinations for fish that’s “invariably good” and “classic seafood” (with lobster, oysters, “epic fish pie”, “top fish ’n’ chips with mushy peas” and “the best dressed crab in town” all rating mention). Most diners love its “very relaxed” style (although one or two feel staff can be a bit “over-familiar”), and there are pitfalls to its super-handy West End location: it can seem “rather touristy”; “tables are closely packed”; and prices are a bit “elevated”. Top Tip – “fabulous outside terrace: summer lunch in the alleyway is bliss”.

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Owner's description

SINCE 1916, THE GRAND DAME OF SWALLOW STREET

Bentley’s has been serving its fish and chips and feeding the hungry shopping masses for over 100 years. A haven for fresh oysters, grilled fish and steaks from around the British & Irish Isles, Bentley's has been under the watchful eye of Michelin starred chef Richard Corrigan for the past 10 years.

For over 100 years, the foremost and the fashionable have been dropping in. A light lunch of langoustines, a dozen oysters and a flute of fizz with friends, before the theatre.

The Oyster Bar is relaxed, witty but serious about seafood. Our oyster boys are more chilled than a dozen of Loch Ryan’s finest, resting on a bed of chopped ice. Upstairs, the Grill serves suppers that sing out for themselves. Wild Cornish mussels followed by seared sea bass or roast grouse, for example, presented amidst décor that recalls William Morris, blue leather, warm wood and fish art on the wall.

We offer a range of private dining, from the elegant Crustacea Room to the impressive Swallow Street Rooms with their own bar. In addition the Grill and Rib Room can be used exclusively for breakfast or weekend lunches. There is no room hire and all of our rooms include complimentary canapés, tea/coffee & petit fours.

OPENING TIMES

OYSTER & CHAMPAGNE BAR
MONDAY - SATURDAY: 11.30am - 11.30pm
SUNDAY: 11.30am - 10.30pm

THE GRILL
MONDAY - FRIDAY: Lunch 12pm - 3pm
MONDAY - SATURDAY: 5.30pm - 11pm

Delivery, Take out & Mail order

Richard Corrigan presents Mr Oyster Boy
"bringing the Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill experience to your home"

Londoners can now experience one of the country’s most famed fish restaurants, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, at home, with renowned chef Richard Corrigan’s new concept - Mr Oyster Boy.

Customers can preorder their favourite dishes including:

-  6/12 rock oysters with champagne mignonette - £12/20
-  Lobster bisque with tarragon and brandy cream - £14
-  Bentley’s classic shellfish cocktail - £26
-  Bentley’s fish pie - £24
-  Cornish dressed crab with soda bread - £26
-  Fish & Chips with condiments (collection only) - £18
-  Half native lobster with salad ‘tartare’ - £30
-  Irish Hereford Sirloin with peppercorn sauce - £32

For the first time in its 100 year history, Bentley’s will offer brunch delivery for up to 4 people. Priced at £260, the hamper includes favourites such as Irish homemade soda bread, Rock oysters, Rooftop smoked salmon, Crab and mussel soup, Lobster salad and much more. Proceeds of each brunch box sold will go to the charity, Under One Sky, who deliver food and essentials to London’s homeless.

The Bentley’s Picnic Hamper, also available via Mr Oyster Boy, is filled with ready-to-eat items and priced at £145 and feeds 2-4 people - perfect for park lunches and gifts.

As well as ready-to-eat items, an online shop will also sell Corrigan’s famous Irish treacle soda bread, rooftop smoked salmon, a Bentley’s oyster knife, and The Clatter of Forks and Spoons cookbook.

Timings for delivery/collection from Daffodil Mulligan, Old Street:

Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 12pm - 6pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

ORDER AT: https://bbot.menu/bentleysdeliveryorpickup/

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£22.00 £38.50 £12.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu
Yes
15, 60, 18, 25, 30
No dress code
68
Yes

Bentley’s Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Bentley’s Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Bentley’s restaurant.
Neill A
A very good restaurant. Food was beautifull...
Reviewed 1 months, 6 days ago

"A very good restaurant. Food was beautifully presented, and the setting is a reminder of the grand old days of dining. Fish and seafood might be what it’s known for, but the steak was excellent. "

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Martin B
Comfort seafood at West End prices. Service...
Reviewed 3 months, 5 days ago

"Comfort seafood at West End prices. Service very attentive and kind. Fish Pie, F&C, Jansens Temptation and Fish Stew."

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Nigel B
Lunch for 5 people with 3 different main co...
Reviewed 4 months, 7 days ago

"Lunch for 5 people with 3 different main courses, all thoroughly enjoyable and as ever delectable fish cooking"

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david h
Everything is good , just not great .other ...
Reviewed 5 months, 11 days ago

"Everything is good , just not great .other places similar looking menus and all round better . "

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Jane G
Lovely oysters , great entertainment watchi...
Reviewed 5 months, 15 days ago

"Lovely oysters , great entertainment watching the shuckers at work. The specials are always worth a try as they never disappoint. Upbeat atmosphere."

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Chinye A
The fish stew was simply delicious!...
Reviewed 11 months, 2 days ago

"The fish stew was simply delicious!"

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Jonathan G
We had two different starters which were ex...
Reviewed 11 months, 2 days ago

"We had two different starters which were exceptional followed by the Cornish Fish Stew which was very good"

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11-15 Swallow St, London, W1B 4DG
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑9 pm

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