This month the iconic London institution will reopen with a brand new bar and Saturday night dinner service. The restaurant established by George William Wilton in 1742 as a stall in St James’ selling oysters, shrimps and cockles is now owned by the Hambro family and located on Jermyn Street.
For the first time, guests can pop in for a drink rather than having to dine – thus opening up the venue to a new generation. There will also be a new bar menu with highlights including Oysters, Glamorgan sausages with Laverbread mayonnaise, Foie gras with four spice crumb and Reisling jelly and Potted salmon and pickled turnips.
The restaurant received its first Royal Warrant in 1884 as Purveyor of Oysters to Queen Victoria, and later a second as Purveyors to the Prince of Wales. Sporting and contemporary works of art adorn the dining room walls with classic green banquettes, individual tables and many of the original decorative features from Wiltons’ early years.
The main menu features Oysters, Dover sole meunière and Roast grouse, as well as Twice baked cropwell bishop stilton soufflé, Spelt risotto with butternut squash, almonds and vanilla and Scotch woodcock with gentlemen’s relish.
Don’t worry if you’re an oyster virgin, Wiltons’ team of dexterous oyster openers have won numerous awards and Oyster Man, Sam Tansanguan, the current title holder of British Oyster Opening Champion no less, has been at the restaurant for the last 30 years! You’re in safe hands.