9/04/2012 09:16:00 AM

6 Places to Slurp Oysters in London

This week marked the beginning of native oyster season. Left on the seabed to procreate since the end of April, oysters from around Britain (Essex, Kent, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, the west of Scotland and Ireland) are now ready to harvest and eat. Here are some of our favourite places to find these slimy shellfish shooter.

Wright Brothers Soho Oyster Bar 
Oysters are sourced directly from their own Duchy Oyster Farm on the Helford River in Cornwall and other farms in the British Isles and France as part of Wright Brothers "sea to plate" philosophy. The menu - which changes regularly - offers a selection of dressed oysters including caviar and creme fraiche and ginger, chilli and soy.
13 Kingly St., W1B 5PW ; 020 7434 3611 

The oyster bar in this smart Mayfair restaurant sits in the middle of all the action serving up Fines de Claire, West Mersea Natives as well as a delicious mixed oyster dish with wild boar sausage.
20 Mount St., W1K 2HE; 020 7495 7309 

J Sheekey Oyster Bar
Sit at the laid-back horse-shaped bar next to main restaurant and watch your food being prepared. Try the West Mersea native oysters known for their saline, silky plumpness and team with a glass of champagne for the best deal.
34 St. Martin's Ln., WC2N 4AL; 020 7240 2565 

Hix Oyster and Chop House 
This award winning seafood restaurant is where you'll find a daily changing menu of seasonal dishes. As well as classic native oysters don't miss the hearty beef flank and oyster pie.
36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St., EC1M 6BN; 020 7017 1930

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill 
Richard Corrigan offers a good variety of oysters at this London institution. Opt for them traditional and cold or hot baked in garlic, Vietnamese-style or Rockefeller and you won't be disappointed.
11 Swallow St., W1B 4DG; 020 7734 4759 

Bibendum Oyster Bar
They don't take reservations but hang around the gorgeous Art Deco building and wait your turn. The four varieties of oysters on offer include Colchester and Jersey Royales are all served cold.
81 Fulham Rd., SW3 6RD; 020 7589 1480 


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