An Oyster Festival is Coming to London

The inaugural London Oyster Week heads our way this April with venues across the capital celebrating the most revered of shellfish with special menus and events 

London Oyster Week, the first city-wide celebration of oysters, will take place from 21-29 April 2018. Venues across the capital will join together to demystify oysters and raise awareness of their health benefits, as well as funds for oyster education and restoration.

Over 25 restaurants, bars and pubs – including Bentley’s, Wright Brothers, Noble Rot, Northbank, and the Hawksmoor group – will develop featured oyster dishes and serve special oyster-matched drinks and cocktails to encourage customers to try oysters. Select venues will also be hosting special events, from exclusive masterclasses and oyster roasts to film screenings and oyster mixology.

London Oyster Week was founded by Katy Davidson, an oyster evangelist whose passion has seen her convert thousands of doubters to become oyster-lovers at food festivals and events throughout the UK.

‘I’m so excited to be organising London’s first oyster week, and I’m ready to incite an oyster revolution by helping people see just how delicious this food can be,’ says Katy.

‘There are so many incredible ways to eat oysters, be it raw, cooked, or even in cocktails – which is why we’re delighted to be partnering with Remy Cointreau and their fantastic spirits brands. I want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to try oysters, and it’s a joy to be able to do this while raising important funds for The Oyster Academy International.’

There are so many incredible ways to eat oysters, be it raw, cooked, or even in cocktails. I want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to try oysters

The Oyster Academy International is a community interest company dedicated to formalising and promoting oyster culture around the world, while fundraising to support the oyster industry, education programmes and restoration efforts.

‘Farmed rock oysters are a prolific, sustainable, ethical and delicious foodstuff in the UK,’ says Katy, ‘yet wild native oyster populations are close to extinction. They need our help, as they are a keystone species and have a positive impact on the environment.’

Oyster lovers should check out the Oyster Passport (£10), which grants you preferential rates on events and exclusive offers at venues across the city throughout London Oyster Week. For example, at Noble Rot, you can get two Maldon Rock Oysters with a glass of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine for £10.

At Northbank Restaurant’s Oyster Atlas event on Tuesday 24 April, you can try as many different oysters as can be sourced, all under one roof. Oyster farmers from the UK and Ireland will be attending with their produce, and ticket holders will be treated to all-you-can-eat oysters, and some very special drinks and cocktails from Remy Cointreau, Bruichladdich and Mount Gay Rum.

Other venues have tapped into London’s historical connection with oysters, such as Three Cheers Pub Co, which will be adding a traditional steak and oyster pie to the menu at its pubs throughout London including The Bolingbroke in Battersea, The Abbeville in Clapham and The Rosendale in West Dulwich.

Richard Corrigan, chef patron of Corrigan Restaurants, which operates Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, said: ‘We are passionate about oysters, and we shuck around 1,000 a day from sustainable sources in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.’

‘We’re delighted to be working with London Oyster Week – it’s wonderful to be part of something that will only increase the popularity of oysters, as well as raise awareness of their incredible health and environmental benefits.’

Venues participating in

Central London

Bentley’s, Mayfair Bocconcino, Mayfair Boulestin, St James’s Noble Rot, Fitzrovia Northbank Restaurant, St Paul’s Randall & Aubin, Soho Wright Brothers, Soho

West London

Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge Motcombs, Belgravia Rabbit – The Gladwin Bros, Chelsea The Princess Victoria – Three Cheers Pub Co, Shepherd’s Bush The Shed – The Gladwin Bros, Notting Hill Wright Brothers, South Kensington

East London

Wright Brothers, Spitalfields

South East London

Hawksmoor, Borough Market Wright Brothers, Borough Market

South West London

Nutbourne – The Gladwin Bros, Battersea The Abbeville – Three Cheers Pub Co, Clapham The Avalon – Three Cheers Pub Co, Clapham South The Bolingbroke – Three Cheers Pub Co, Battersea The Latchmere – Three Cheers Pub Co, Battersea The Rosendale – Three Cheers Pub Co, West Dulwich The Stonhouse – Three Cheers Pub Co, Clapham The Tommyfield – Three Cheers Pub Co, Kennington Wright Brothers, Battersea