Head down to Mark Hix’ Farringdon restaurant this September for a celebration of the much-loved British oyster. Mark will be joined by a stellar line-up of oyster growers, experts and chefs including Robin Hancock of Wright Brothers, Nigel Bloxham of Weymouth’s Crab House Café, and Pete Miles of Brownsea oysters. Throughout the day guests will learn all about the different varieties of rocks and natives from the British Isles, including Loch Ryan, West Mersea and other rock oysters from the South Coast of England.
Alongside this, guests can enjoy perfectly paired drinks from Lyme Bay Winery and Black Cow Vodka – a unique brand of vodka made from milk. The team at Oyster & Chop House will also be serving up a selection of their most popular fish dishes, such as cockle popcorn and cones of HIX fish ‘n’ chips – perfect for children.
“Oyster eating in London is a long-standing tradition as oysters would have been brought up the Thames and sold as street food,” notes Mark. “They were a plentiful and cheap commodity believe it or not and Colchester oyster shells were even found when excavating in Rome…so we have got an awful lot to talk about and celebrate.”
HIX Oyster & Chop House was Mark’s first restaurant, opened in 2008. Since then, he’s gone on to open a number of other culinary ventures, including the famed HIX Oyster & Fish House in his hometown of Dorset – where he also runs an annual food festival, Food Rocks.
HIX Oyster & Chop House, 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, EC1M 6BN
14 September, 12-5pm
Advance tickets can be purchased for £5 and guests will receive a £5 food and drink token on arrival. Food and drink tokens will be available to purchase on the day. Rock oysters will be £1 each and natives £1 each. Book online at hixrestaurants.co.uk