Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House

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Paul Winch-Furness
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Wright Brothers is very much an eat-and-run sort of place, with all seating at high-backed stools, and efficient waitresses operating at speed despite the cramped conditions. But the fast turnover suits busy office workers, and the quality of the seafood means diners are prepared to perch.

The menu is written on blackboards above the bar, and always lists several oyster combinations. This time we tried oysters Japanese-style, with wasabi, ginger and soy – pretty as a picture and punchily flavoured. Next, grilled plaice with brown butter and new potatoes was a fine piece of fish, cooked just so; sea trout with cucumber, brown shrimps and more new potatoes also lit up the taste buds. Tomato and shallot side salad made a refreshing counterpoint. A limited choice of afters (crème brûlée, cheese plate) is offered, alongside excellent coffee.

Sunday brunch brings the likes of smoked haddock kedgeree, and scrambled eggs with Hederman’s organic smoked salmon. The wine list has plenty of choice, with riesling prominent on our visit. There’s a cosy atmosphere in winter; in summer, grab a table near the open entrance, looking on to Borough Market. A branch in Soho is planned.

Venue name: Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House
Contact:
Address: 11 Stoney Street
London
SE1 9AD
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £7.30-£25.50

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4.8 / 5

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Laura Parsons

I've just had a lovely evening at Wright brothers, first time I had eaten in the evening and I will be back. The staff were very friendly, the oysters. squid and crab was delicious. I would highly recommend it.

Bibi

Vibrant and charming this is an ideal place to bring your best friend, add it to your wish list for romatic night out or just enjoy an oyster plate with a perfect glass of vino solo at the bar! I love it!

John Gledhill

Went to the Wright Bros at Stoney Street yesterday - and so glad I did. It was immediately obvious that this is one of the few establishments that manage to balance catering in a packed venue with limited space, without conveying any feeling of discomfort or stress. The chefs are almost a side show in themselves, never time to lift their eyes from the food preparation counter creating a mini- theatre of constant movement and each attentive to their own tasks, strangely I found the most compelling was the deft constant opening of oysters by one of the chefs . The helpful waitresses who, whilst serving other stables, found find time to answer our questions on one of the dishes, all added to the occasion. My meal, a fish pie with smoked haddock and salmon under a creamy potato topping, perfectly crisped, was cooked to perfection and piping hot served with a side salad of cherry tomatoes with shallots all washed down with a crisp surprisingly good bottle of Chenin Blanc . My friend enjoyed a dish of sea trout and cucumber, shrimps and new potatoes; fresh and mouth-watering. We both had crème brulèe to finish, light and with just the right depth of caramelized topping and not in an oversized dish either. I just had time to notice that other diners were clearly enjoying their dishes. A happy bustling place and one that I hope to return to shortly.

Julie

Excellent atmosphere and we were looked after brilliantly by Simon who was very informative about the dishes and was very attentive and enthusiastic about the restaurant. Food was delicious.