Find this smart restaurant down a narrow alley, just off the Charing Cross Road.Along with Sweetings (q.v), this must be one of London's oldest fish restaurants - in this case, being established in 1896. These days, it's in the ownership of The Caprice (who also own The Ivy) - and the dining room hides behind smoked glass. The walls are bedecked with the black and white photographs of past visitors, adding to the sense of history.
The dishes offered are still traditional apart from rare excursions (such as Seared Rare Tuna) - so expect starters such as 'Jellied Eels'; 'Potted Shrimps'; 'Deep-fried Sprats'; 'Smoked Salmon' and various types of Caviar among the starters.
'Fish Pie'; 'Salmon Fish Cakes'; 'Lobster Mayonnaise' and 'Fillet of Hake with Braised Squid' among the mains.
Some of the desserts are straight out of boarding school with the likes of 'Spotted Dick' and 'Baked Rice Pudding' - but chocolate lovers can look forward to 'Double Chocolate Pudding Soufflé' to round them off.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: all week 12.00-15.00 (Sun 15.30); mains about £18 to £44; weekend set L £23.75 (2 courses), £28.75 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 17.30 (Sun 18.00)-24.00; mains about £18 to £44
- Seats: 100, plus about 25 outside
- Wine: a global wine list, obviously concentrates on white, kicks off at around the £30 mark – but prices then rise steeply
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Leicester Square Underground
- Directions: Down an alley off The Charing Cross Road - See the map on this page
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: some Bank Holidays, 25th Dec.
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating