It’s only very recently that seafood has got the attention it deserves in the capital. Yes Rick Stein has done his bit (he’s bringing A Taste of Cornwall to The Goring this summer) but there’s so much more to it, in fact there is a whole day dedicated to our love of fish and chips (2nd June was National Fish and Chip Day).
One of our favourite seafood restaurants, Bonnie Gull, is expanding for the summer season, spreading its wings from Fitzrovia and Soho over to Mayfair’s Duke Street for an exclusive four month pop-up in the iconic raised gardens. Open from breakfast through to dinner, the restaurant group’s signature sophisticated yet casual food offerings will kick off at 8am with the likes of soft boiled duck egg with Marmite soliders. From midday, a vegan menu and salad counter will tempt the health-conscious, whilst lobster and crab satisfy fishy cravings. Later in the evening (dinner is served from 5-9pm) the seafood and oyster bar will spring to life; think Scottish langoustines, Selsey brown crab, Cornish octopus and Loch Duart salmon with Eton mess for pudding.
Drinks wise, you’ll want to try their signature Bonnie Mary cocktail or browse the concise list of wine and spirits. Keep an eye out for one-off events taking place throughout the pop-up, including a Champagne and oyster festival and open air Wimbledon screenings.
Mayfair-on-Sea is here.
Bonnie Gull’s pop-up seafood bar and cafe is open now until 30th September at Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
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