Wright Brothers Spitalfields

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Wright Brothers (© Paul Winch-Furness)
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Wright Brothers (© Paul Winch-Furness)
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Wright Brothers (© Paul Winch-Furness)
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Wright Brothers (© Paul Winch-Furness)
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Wright Brothers (© Paul Winch-Furness)
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Wright Brothers (© Paul Winch-Furness)
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Wright Brothers has everything a good seafood bar needs: fresh catch, fresh ice, sunny service and cool marble counters. The owners are also shellfish merchants and oyster farmers, so the many oysters, crabs, prawns and lobsters on offer are all tip-top. This is their third London restaurant, and in my estimation, the best of them so far. The best, because it’s more tucked away than the busy barrel of eels that is their Borough pied-à-terre, and it’s neater and more succinct than their sprawling Soho premises.

Oysters are one of the few foods we share with our early human ancestors, and their salty, metallic aroma and taste remain primordial. Moving forward many millennia, the deep fryer is used here to good effect on baby squid, sand eels, brown shrimp and prawns. A shellfish bisque – made authentically by using the shells – was a suitably rich accompaniment to a relatively pallid crabmeat-filled omelette.

Old Spitalfields Market is crammed to the gunnels with dreary, formula chain restaurants, but Wright Brothers is not one of them. It has vitality, helped along by a spiffing drinks list: good wines by the glass, good beers by the bottle. High stools at the bar counter encourage you to chat with your neighbour, and the staff are engaging and lovely. There are some formulas best not tampered with, and the classic seafood bar is one of them.


By: Guy Dimond


Venue name: Wright Brothers Spitalfields
Address: 8a Lamb Street
E1 6EA
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-9pm
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100
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Went here for lunch on a Sat with a friend. This place specialized in oysters, crab and lobster. Well on the day I went there was no lobster on the menu :(

My friend had the softshell crab tempura which was very nice and I had the mussels in the bloody mary sauce. The mussels were some of the best I have had in London. They were so fresh and creamy- however I was not a fan of the bloody mary sauce- I prefer my mussels with the standard Marinere sauce. 

We also had cocktails which were expertly made and delicious. The service was friendly and not overly pushy. 

All in all very much recommended. 


Oyster bar in Spitalfields… went on a date, we had a barney, turns out she didn’t eat oysters either. The one oyster I did eat was lovely and it was a nice place, I’d go back with someone else.


If you go to the Wright brothers at a certain time, you can enjoy oysters for just £1 each. This was my first experience eating an oyster, on a complete whim. The waitress was a lively Irish girl and really made the process enjoyable. I would come back here for a fancy meal and enjoy mjore fresh seafood. 


Wright Brothers, a seafood restaurant specialised in lobster, crab, pretty much anything with a shell. We got there at about 5pm and sadly the kitchen only opens at 6 so they offered us a cold menu. After deciding we didn't want to share oysters we settled for brown crab. They served us bottled water and I got a sweet and sour juice to go with the food. While we waited we had some amazing brown bread and our crab was right in front of us before we knew it. I started by digging into the shell, letting my friend have the claws, and off we went tearing the poor crab apart. The meat in the shell was strong in flavour and thick. The meat from the legs was a lot more tender and it contrasted greatly with the meat from the shell. 

Overall, I really liked Wright Brothers. They had perfect calm music to go with the lighting and atmosphere of the place. I loved sitting at the bar and being served food. The staff was really friendly and kind, I was genuinely happy to leave them a tip.

Good selection, cool location and vibrant restaurant. Would recommend the large plates and some sides to share as these tend to be more value for money/filling. Would be nice if they offered hot/grilled/BBQ'd shellfish/seafood options in addition to their platters.


Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of spittlefields market this is the perfect place for fishy dish. The staff were very friendly, our waiter was particularly knowledgeable and recommended we try a few different starters/ small plates to make the most of our Wright Brothers experience. It was the first time I'd tried oysters and although slightly apprehensive at first I have to say I really enjoyed them. I've tried oysters a few times since and none have been as good as Wright Brothers. If you're not a fan of oysters there's plenty more fresh and delicious fish on the menu. The table next to us had a feast of crab & lobster that looked sensational. I'll defiantly be returning.


One of my favourite places to meet friends and entertain in East London/City. They have oysters on offer at £1 each between 3-7pm everyday and the oysters are amazing. And if you don't like the(wide variety of)  fresh oysters on offer, you can get the fried ones - which are equally delicious.

Lovely cocktails, wine and impeccable recommendations from Staff who know their offerings and advise on great pairings.

also a great place for first dates and a place to bring someone you want to impress

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Great spot for oysters and lobster.  Try the fried oysters - they're incredible.