Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill Presents
Plymouth Gin’s Botanical Sea Garden This Summer
Bentley’s 50 cover terrace just off Regent Street will be decked out as a botanical garden and 15 new Gin based cocktails and paired dishes will feature, plus Gin Martini cocktail masterclasses
(Monday 13th May, 2019) Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill is reinventing its terrace this summer with Plymouth Gin to create an urban oasis just moments from busy Piccadilly Circus. From June to September, it will be turned into a botanical garden decorated with lemon trees and coastal flowers, as well as a striking sculpture welcoming guests on arrival. Bentley’s is also introducing more than 15 new Gin-based cocktails and paired dishes for diners to indulge in. On a hot summer day, the shopping masses will be able to take a breather from their spree, sit down at the terrace and be immediately transported to a green space surrounded by scents of fresh flowers.
Both Bentley’s and Plymouth Gin have had a long relation with the sea, with one serving wild oysters and fresh seafood for more than a hundred years while another distilling premium Gin next to the Plymouth port for centuries. It is only right that the two collaborate to recreate a reviving coastal scene for the city of London.
The bar team in Bentley’s worked with premium and fine Gin distilled by Plymouth Gin to create the whole new Gin-based cocktail menu, which includes Punches, Spritzes, Martinis and Gin classics.
The highlight of the menu is Rock Pool (£16) paired with Bentley’s signature Seashore Platter, filled with fresh oysters, mussels, cockles, whelks, clams and crevettes sourced from the British Isles.
The Punches to Share (£46 each) are perfect for a small group of friends, and will be served in a classic litre Gin bottle to be enjoyed among four people. Small plates such as Bentley’s famous Crispy Squid and Octopus and Chorizo have been expertly matched and are perfect sharing options. The Botanical Sea Garden will also be home to the notorious ‘Glug Jug’, a quirky fish vessel used by the navy since the 19th Century. It has become an iconic part of the Plymouth Gin drinking experience. In it the Seafarers Punch (£14) is served, using Plymouth Gin, Vermouth, blackberry, raspberry, lime and bitters.
Another unique offer is the Martini with oyster pairings. As one of the most established oyster bars in central London, Bentley’s team has created a series of Martini and oyster pairings that compliment each other, such as the Jersey oysters with a melon and cucumber Martini to enhance the clean and sweet sensation.
Bentley’s Oysters Bar & Grill is also hosting Gin Martini Masterclasses with Plymouth Gin throughout the summer (£35 per person). The class includes two drinks from the bar and Martini tastings led by Annie Ingram, brand ambassador to Plymouth Gin, and accompanying canapés. Annie will take guests through the cocktail’s history as well as the subtle nuances of the classic Gin Martini – how small adjustments to ingredients can have a marked impact on the flavour.
Due to open on Wednesday 22nd May, the Botanical Sea Garden will be open Mondays to Sundays from 12pm to 11pm, located on Swallow Street.
About Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
In 2005 Richard Corrigan bought and refurbished the historical Bentley’s, established in 1916 and celebrated its centenary in 2016. One of London’s most famous oyster bars and seafood restaurants, legendary clients included Charlie Chaplin and Oscar Wilde. Expect to find on the menu Corrigan’s signature dishes such as fish pie, dressed crab, linguine Vongole and a rich variety of wild native oysters sourced from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. During peak season, Bentley’s famous Oyster Boys shuck up to 1000 oysters daily. Hands on experience can be enjoyed with monthly seafood and oyster classes, as well as Cigar tasting nights in winter months.
About Plymouth Gin
As England’s oldest working Gin distillery, Plymouth Gin is a true original. Plymouth Gin has been distilled using the same blend of seven exotic botanicals, soft Dartmoor water and pure grain alcohol since 1793 in the coastal town of Plymouth. Synonymous with quality, Plymouth Gin has been the choice of bartenders around the globe since the beginning of the 20th century.