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Wright Bros Soho launch two oyster summer feasts

wrightbrosWe'll have to admit, until we went to Wright Bros Soho last week, we thought oysters should be firmly off the menu from May to August because of the old 'No R in the month' rule. Restaurant owner Robin Hancock and manager Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim took it upon themselves to thoroughly disabuse us of that notion in a most delightful way. Turns out it's actually Britain's native oysters which are verboten during the summer months, due to an old rule introduced to help stocks recover after over-fishing.

But when one type of oyster is on the way out, another is on its way in - in this case Pacific oysters - and so Wright Bros will be hosting two oyster feasts over the summer, which if the one we attended was anything to go by, are worth getting a seat at.

Wright Bros Soho's Executive Chef David Gingell, who was previously at St Alban, Terroirs and The Wolseley, has come up with a celebratory Oyster Feast menu which includes raw Pacific oysters (Maldon rock, Brownsea rock and Speciale de Claire) matched with a glass of Manzanilla sherry, deep fried oysters with tartare sauce, oysters with chorizo and sherry, and finally the rather marvellous Oyster Rarebit, matched with a glass of Picpoul de Pinet. The meal finishes up with a seasonal sorbet from Gelupo. It's a great way to get to know your way round oysters whether you're a novice or all-round bivalve buff.

There are just two feasts planned - one on 14 June and on the 12 July. Tickets are £26 per person, or £19 (excluding drinks - but then why would you want to do that?!). Dinner starts at 7pm sharp and can be booked by calling 020 7434 3611 quoting reference F2N11.

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