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J Sheekey

Restaurants, Seafood Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)
J Sheekey
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Time Out says

This West End institution oozes old-fashioned glamour with booths and secluded tables, charming staff and a menu that's an ode to the bounty of the sea.

After well over a century of service, Sheekey’s status as a West End institution is assured. With its monochrome photos of stars of stage and screen, wooden panelling and cream crackle walls, and array of silver dishes atop thick white tablecloths, it oozes old-fashioned glamour. The separate booths and secluded tables cry out for romantic trysts – even a simple lunch has the thrill of a secret assignation.

The white-aproned, black-waistcoated staff are charm incarnate, if alarmingly numerous – half a dozen greeted us between door and table. The menu, an ode to the bounty of the sea, runs from super-fresh oysters and shellfish via old-fashioned snacks (herring roe on toast) to upmarket classics (dover sole, lobster thermidor). The fish pie – a rich, comforting treat – is deservedly acclaimed, but we feel the shrimp and scallop burger merits similar status. Densely textured and full-flavoured, it came in a lightly toasted sesame seed bun with all the trimmings, including a little silver jug of spicy mayonnaise.

Puds include Eton mess, seasonal sorbets and ice-creams (elderflower and gooseberry ripple, on our visit). Amalfi lemon semifreddo with blackcurrants was a winner, each sugar-coated fruit a bomblet of zingy intensity. You can feast on crustacea (and some dishes from Sheekey’s main menu) at the Oyster Bar next door – it’s also easier to book.

 

J Sheekey says
Tucked away on St Martin’s Court between Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane, J Sheekey has been serving the finest fish and shellfish for over 100 years. Tables look on to the elegant oyster and Champagne bar with the full à la carte menu being served throughout the day from noon.

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Address: 28-32 St Martin's Court
London
WC2N 4AL
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
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Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 12pm to 3pm / 5pm to 12am Sunday 12pm to 3.30pm / 5.30pm to 10.30pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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