Luxury seafood restaurant opens in South Kensington
The Wright Brothers Oyster specialists and seafood wholesalers have brought their renowned oyster and seafood dining experience to west London for the first time with their new South Kensington restaurant, which opened to the public on September 1st.
The much anticipated restaurant, named Wright Brothers South Kensington, is located at the former site of La Bouchée, on Old Brompton road, and showcases the finest oysters from the Wright Brothers’ own Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm on the Helford River and other regions in the British Isles, France and Canada.
Head Chef Philip Coulter who comes with 6 years experience at the helm of Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market previously Racine, has created seasonal British food with a subtle French influence, in keeping with the restaurant’s intimate bistro atmosphere. Coulter oversees a menu including the Wright Brothers’ iconic platters which feature the finest seafood from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, Dorset, Cornwall, Portugal & Boulogne.
The popular Wright Brothers’ dressed oysters come in a variety of styles such as Rockefeller, New Orleans and, exclusive to South Kensington, Spinach with Champagne sauce. The menu showcases a selection of fish dishes from Herring roes on toast, Dover Sole Meunière and Grilled Lobster with garlic and parsley butter as well as a seasonal specials board.
The new location also contains Wright Brothers’ first ever independent cocktail and oyster bar, The Mermaid. Cocktails and wine can be enjoyed with a selection of oysters, bar menu or a la carte menu. South Kensington will also feature an ‘Oyster Happy Hour’ available 5-6pm and 10-11pm in the Mermaid.
The intimate, stylish interior of the restaurant and bar provides an atmospheric backdrop for neighbourhood socialising, post work cocktails, an informal meal, or late night drinks over a plate of oysters.
Interior designers, Brady Williams, whose previous work includes Fischer’s and The Delaunay, as well as the look and style of Wright Brothers’ Spitalfields and Soho sites, have taken inspiration from the classic seafood bistros of Paris.
Founder Ben Wright said: “In the UK, an oyster is still seen as just an oyster but there are a whole variety, with different provenances and their own distinctive tastes and flavours that we can’t wait to introduce to the residents of South Kensington.”
Director Robin Hancock added: “We have always wanted to open in South Kensington, it feels like that little corner of Paris where we first began to dream about re-popularising the oyster in London.”
Address: 56 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3DY