Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill in Mayfair, London, is celebrating its 100th birthday in September with a centenary tasting menu and series of promotions.
The 75-cover seafood restaurant is owned by chef Richard Corrigan (pictured), who arrived in London from his native Ireland to work at Bentley's almost 20 years ago. He eventually purchased the restaurant in 2005.
Corrigan is passionate about using local produce and independent suppliers, as well as encouraging ethical eating. The restaurant's menu includes such classic dishes as handpicked dressed crab, Dover sole goujons, and the fish pie with lobster, scallop, haddock and prawns. Wild and native oysters are sourced from coastline of the British and Irish isles and are shucked by a team known as the Bentley's Oyster Boys.
The five-course centenary tasting menu with matching wines costs £100 per head, while the 100 Club is offering an exclusive lunch on 18 September, which includes a four-course menu, welcome drink, coffee and petits fours for £45.
Diners can also take part in an oyster shucking masterclass on 10 September. Throughout the celebrations, visitors to the restaurant will be given oyster tasting passports, which are similar to wine tasting notes. The passports, which will be retained by the Bentley's Oyster Boys, will enable diners to keep track of their favourite combinations.
Corrigan currently runs Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, Corrigan's Mayfair and Bentley's Sea Grill at Harrods Food Hall in Knightsbridge. In 2014, he acquired Virginia Park Lodge, a country lodge, in Co Cavan, Ireland.
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