Every day we’re musselin’! With September marking the start of mussel season, we headed out in London to find the capital’s freshest offerings. Here’s five great places to eat them in London:
Opened in the 1890’s, this legendary post-theatre hangout marries the old-fashioned glamour of the West End with unbeatably fresh fish and shellfish, served from its open kitchen. Complete with a horseshoe bar, banquette seating and monochrome pictures of actors adorning the walls, J Sheekey is a frequent for celebrities working in the area – so keep an eye out while you devour their delicious mussels…
33-35 St Martin’s Ct, London WC2N 4AL
This unapologetically French restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden is a great safe bet for those looking to enjoy a mouth-watering moules marinière and glass of wine before heading out to the theatre. Cosy with a rustic feel, this brasserie is deceivingly large, offering great private booths for date nights or meetings.
10-12 Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BH
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
At the ripe old age of 102, Bentley’s is another of London’s veteran seafooderies, serving up some of Britain’s finest produce. With an art deco marble-topped bar, spacious dining room, private dining options and a beautiful outdoor terrace, you’ll find a suitable spot, whatever the occasion. Although oysters are its main attraction, the mussels are fabulous here too…on their own, as part of a seafood sharing platter, or in a spiced crab and mussel broth!
11-15 Swallow St, Mayfair, London W1B 4DG
One of the largest restaurants in London (seating up to 420 guests!), Belgo Centraal specializes in mussels, frites and craft beer, offering lots of varieties! Split into two halls – an informal beer hall and intimate restaurant, Belgo has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to add beer hall tables, wall art, a new bar overlooking an open plan theatre kitchen and more…now there’s even more reason to visit! Oh and the waiting staff are dressed as monks…
50 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LJ
Randall & Aubin
Feast to the beat under the light of a huge disco ball at this buzzy Brewer St. brasserie. Packed with tourists and locals alike, this fun-loving restaurant was established on the site of an old butchers in 1996, with chef Ed Baines serving up deliciously fresh seafood, rotisserie and other crowd-pleasing classics ever since.
14-16 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SG