Seafood specialists the Oystermen are excited to present their very own oceanic twist on the classic afternoon tea – Afternoon Sea – made up of three tiers of seafood delights: fresh and dressed oysters; seafood dips and spreads including our famous smoked cod’s roe, smoked mackerel patê and anchovy hummus; smoked salmon and seaweed-butter sandwiches; pickled mussels (in orange and rosemary) and clams (in ginger and chilli). Served with breads, toasts, a tea of your choice and, if you choose, a fabulous selection of champagnes. Reservations are open now through their website www.oystermen.co.uk.
The Oystermen are also delighted to announce the appointment of Sebastian Luisetto as Head Chef. Formerly of Koffman’s and Le Gavroche, Sebastian has been with the Oystermen for two years and has been an integral part of their journey.
As winter approaches, Chef Sebastian and his team have created a warming, seasonal menu including baked oysters ‘escargot’ (oysters baked in the shell with tarragon, parsley, dill and garlic, a glug of Pernod, seasoned with anchovies and black pepper and topped with flaked almonds). Mains are to include pan-fried Scottish cod with chestnut purée, brussels sprouts and Alsace bacon, and roasted lemon sole with wild mushrooms and brown butter.
As always, the raw bar serves non-stop from open to close, hosting an impressive selection of freshly-shucked oysters sourced from the shores of the UK and Ireland, plus daily-fresh whole crabs in an array of sizes.
As with the Seafood Bar & Kitchen’s initial opening, and later expansion, co-founders Matt Lovell and Rob Hampton carried out much of the refurbishment to follow government guidelines themselves, ensuring that the changes were as sustainable and sympathetic to the original design as possible while maintaining the restaurant’s hallmark cosy ambience. As with former work, almost all of the materials were salvaged and upcycled.
With seating now reduced from 47 covers to 28 in order to provide for greater comfort and safety for their staff and customers, visitors to the heart of the West End can enjoy dining in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen
32 Henrietta Street
Tuesday – Saturday: 12 – 10pm (kitchen closed 3 – 5pm, raw bar open throughout)
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm