London's Best Fish Restaurants by Stephen Webster
London's Best Fish Restaurants
Although born further along the river in Gravesend, Kent, Stephen has spent the majority of his life in the city and knows what's good when is comes to seafood restaurants in the capital. Discover Stephen Webster's top five London Fish Restaurants.
The first place that sprung to mind when we asked Stephen for his recommendations was, of course, HIX Oyster & Chop House where the recent star studded launch party took place for new collection, 'Fish Tales'. Opened in 2008, HIX Oyster & Chop House was Mark’s first solo restaurant located a stone’s throw from Smithfield, London’s historic meat market. The marble oyster bar, wooden floors and tiled walls create a laid-back atmosphere in the heart of historic Smithfield. The menu reflects Mark Hix’s signature British style with seasonal and daily changing dishes featuring oysters from around the British Isles, and a selection of meats and steaks on the bone.
Location: Cowcross Street, London.
If you are looking for colourful food with Pan-Asian flavours then Stephen recommends Wright Brother's which is conveniently nestled in Kingly Court, right behind Carnaby Street. Their head chef makes modern food using only the best British ingredients and his adds his signature unforgettable twist to all dishes. Check this place out in the summer where their courtyard is the perfect alfesco spot. With drinks menus made to match, what's not to love?
Location: Soho, Kingly Court.
Stephen couldn't not mention one of his favourite classic seafood restaurants - J Sheeky. Serving the finest fish and shellfish for over 100 years, J Sheeky is a firm London favourite. Tucked away on St Martin’s Court between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, this iconic London restaurant boasts an elegant oyster and Champagne bar with the full à la carte menu being served throughout the day.
Location: 28 - 32 St. Martin's Court, London.
Stephen loves the concept of Trawler Trash who turn 'trash' into treasure, honouring British, seasonal produce whilst keeping lesser known fish at the forefront of their creative menu. Trawler Trash incorporate fish and seafood that’s less popular and therefore more sustainable into all of their dishes. Expect beautifully cooked seafood alongside a daily changing menu of sustainable seasonal fish.
Last but not least, is the The Wet Fish Cafe in the heart of heart of West Hampstead. Situated in a former fishmongers this place has plenty of soul and character with it's 30s style wall tiles evoking a bygone era. Serving modern comfort food it is perfect for a special night out in West Hampstead. Keep an eye out for their live music nights and art exhibitions!
Location: West Hampstead
You won't go wrong with Stephen recommendations. Happy dining!