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“This summer, seafood specialists The Oystermen are set to open the doors to their first permanent restaurant in Covent Garden.
The Oystermen “Seafood Bar & Kitchen” in Henrietta Street will showcase the finest and freshest oysters and seafood from all four corners of the British Isles, promising exclusive new dishes as well as much-loved classics from their successful extended residency at The Sampler in South Kensington.
Visitors to the new venue will be able to take their pick from top-flight oysters sourced directly from UK farmers and served every which way; ranging from freshly-shucked in the half-shell to buffalo-barbecued and Cajun-battered.
Alongside the oyster bar, guests can expect to enjoy a host of superb seafood, including hearty bowls of steaming hot mussels, big beautiful south coast crabs, plus shellfish platters piled high and perfect for sharing. The Oystermen’s new all-day menu will feature a selection of house-cured, smoked and pickled fish such as Whisky & Oak Smoked Trout, and Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pate, also daily fresh fish specials.
A carefully-curated wine list will be available to accompany the seafood, as well as The Oystermen’s bespoke oyster stout brewed in collaboration with Canopy Beer Co and a collection of refreshing craft ales. Those looking for a post-work or pre-theatre treat can take advantage of the team’s renowned “Bubbles ’n’ Oysters Happy Hour”, which will run every day from 3pm to 5pm and offer six fresh oysters with a glass of fine Crémant du Bourgogne fizz for the insane value price of £10 only!
The Oystermen concept was born in 2014, when seasoned hospitality professionals and great friends Matt Lovell and Rob Hampton shucked oysters together for guests at Matt’s wedding. Since then the duo have earned a reputation for providing a relaxed, affordable and fun dining experience like no other; celebrating Britain’s finest and freshest oysters and seafood at events around London with their popup oyster bars, and their ten month residency at The Sampler (in affectionately-dubbed ‘South Kensington-on-Sea’).
Commenting on the upcoming launch of their first permanent “Seafood Bar & Kitchen”, The Oystermen co-founder Matt Lovell said:
“The launch of The Oystermen “Seafood Bar & Kitchen” is the next natural step in delivering our fun, friendly and fresh concept to the wider London audience. We have spent a lot of time sourcing brilliant products and ingredients through independent suppliers, and also in selecting the team that will deliver only the best consistently.”
Co-founder Rob Hampton added:
“The feedback and footfall at our events, and most notably our residency in ‘South Kensington-on –Sea’, has given us the extra confidence in being able to translate our vision into reality. As a team, we are more than excited to take the brand and business to the next level and relish the opportunity to continue growing and developing in such a strong market. Bring on ‘Covent Garden-on-Sea’!””
This sounds fab and 1/2 dozen oysters and a glass of fizz for just £10 sounds like a great way of easing yourself into the evening. Can’t wait to come along Matt and Rob!
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