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The Oyster Shed, Southbank.

After a long walk from Oxford Circus I was in need of something comforting and filling, to obviously go against all those calories I’d just burnt!  Luckily for my groaning stomach I had a booking at The Oyster Shed, overlooking the Shard, and River Thames.

I’d often wandered past this bustling pub and wondered ‘why an earth are you busy ever night of the week?!’ Now I have answer. It’s pretty damn amazing.

We, myself and TW, managed to get through the crowds to the restaurant where we were escorted upstairs to a quaint seating area, and given menus.  I ogled with delight, yes there was plenty on there to cure the hunger I was tying to ignore!  We were then pointed in the direction of the specials board, and there in front of my very eyes, was toad in the hole.  I bet you’re wondering why such excitement! Earlier on the week I’d said to TW ‘Cor I do well fancy some toad in the hole’ and here my prayers were answered.

To begin with we shared chicken and chorizo kebabs that were amazing. Kind of wished I’d got a portion to myself, but now I know for next time.  The garlic mayo was perfection.


For mains, I obviously had my toad in the hole, and it was too good for words. The presentation was so homely, and I wished my portion was double it size.  TW devoured a cheese and bacon burger, as normal, but came to the conclusion that it was the best burger he had ever eaten, and I’ve taken him to some awesome burger joints. So I salute you Mr.Chef, you’ve out done yourself this time!

We decided against deserts, which I think is a first for us, and headed off for the rest of our walk to Tower Hill.

Disclaimer:  This was offered to me by their lovely PR team.

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Squibb Vicious is also known as Haydy.
She can often be found travelling the world to fly her drone and petting people’s dogs. Big fan of staycations, vegetarian food, long walks and taking too many photos.
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