This good seafood restaurant is possibly London's oldest and has for long been a City institution - it opened in 1889 (although the ‘original’ opened in Islington in 1830).. The food on offer is very traditional. So expect the likes of 'Potted Shrimps'; 'Oysters' (natives in season); 'Soused Herrings'; 'Potted Shrimps' and top-quality smoked salmon.
Maybe follow with the fish choice of the day, 'Dressed Crab'; 'Skate with Black Butter' or perhaps grilled or poached Halibut.Perhaps squeeze in a savoury - such as 'Welsh Rabbit' or 'Herring Roes on Toast'; before finishing with the likes of 'Baked Jam Roll' and suchlike.
Arrive early, as no bookings are taken, but unless wishing to have a full meal in the dining room, the eating bar space turns over quickly - so your wait might not be as long as you think.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30-14.30, mains about £18 to £38 plus vegetables
- Dinner: Closed
- Wine: for obvious reasons, white dominate the list which kicks off at in the low £30's. Black Velvet (Champagne and Guiness), here served in a tanker, is very popular
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: With difficulty, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Mansion House Underground, Cannon Street Underground and Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Dinner each day; Sat & Sun L