This newly-built pub from Geronimo Inns group, which also runs the Fentiman Arms in Kennington and the Prince Albert gastropub in Battersea, opened at the end of January 2012.
The Oyster Shed’s vast ground floor combines restaurant and bar in the same space, while a mezzanine is reserved for diners. A big window-front floods the premises with natural light, while red, yellow and black cushions add colour to the vast space.
While the other Geronimo Inns venues tend to be more intimate, this is more of a formulaic fun-times kind of place. Big flat screens show sports matches, the music is blasting, and the drinks are flowing.
From the kitchen come stomach-lining standards such as burgers, pies and sharing platters, and there are also some ‘carb free treats’ – salads – listed on the menu. While the buttery puff pastry of our steak and oyster pie was nicely crisp, our burger was slightly too char-grilled, but came with a portion of excellent fat and crispy chips.
On our Friday night visit, the mezzanine tables were fully booked, and we were given a seat in the bar area. A rowdy group of young professionals was downing shots on the table next to us – one of them even sneakily picked a chip from one of our plates.
With stunning views onto the Shard and eight tables on the riverside promenade, the Oyster Shed is a great destination for summer drinks. And with soft drinks such as Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade and Virgin Marys on the menu, it doesn’t have to get rowdy per se.