Oysters and GIN at Shuck, Borough Market, London: restaurant review plus Red Snapper cocktail recipe

Find out about pop-up oyster restaurant Shuck in Borough Market, London, in our restaurant review plus get a recipe for the classic Bloody Mary cocktail with a gin-based twist.

In a nutshell


Oyster experts Wright Bros introduce their naughty little brother, Shuck – a pop up oyster and booze bar serving Gin Mare cocktails at Borough market 

Who’s cooking

On our visit consultant chef Simon Lamont was chief oyster shucker, and a dab hand both knife and blow torch he is, too.

Menu know how

Oysters start at £1.50 each and come naked, dressed and, most dramatically,  BLOWN – that’s blowtorched.  You might like to try three or four before moving on to dinner at the adjacent Wright Brothers restaurant, or make a night of it as we did and try around twelve different kinds, sitting at a communal table outside Shuck’s bar.  To drink there’s beer, prosecco on tap and Gin Mare cocktails.

Must orders

Raw Jersey rocks are deliciously salty and good with just a squeeze of lemon, as are  Frenchman’s Creek, grown at Wright Brothers’ Cornwall farm in the Helford River. We tried a fabulous cashew and basil – topped oyster and ‘olive wash’ where Asian flavours (rice wine vinegar, mirin, coriander) were mixed with Brindisa’s arbequina tapenade and jalepenos to splendid effect. Get down and dirty with the nacho cheese option – Montgomery cheddar is mixed with ham then scorched until the cheese is bubbling. The absolute best of all? Anchovy harissa oysters – topped with a deep red pepper and cumin paste then blasted with heat they  are charred into further deliciousness. Try it with the Med Snapper cocktail, see below. 

What we loved

The combination of oysters and Gin Mare’s botanicals that include arbequina olives, rosemary, thyme and basil, especially while sitting outside in the sun amongst the bustle of Borough.

Fun fact

As told to us by Robin Hancock of Wright Bros – the connection between gin and bivales goes as far back as the 1820s when City oyster-bar owner Pimms, served his gin-based concoction to aid digestion.

Med snapper cocktail recipe

Makes one

Gin Mare  50 ml

tomato juice  200 ml

lemon or lime juice


Worcestershire sauce



Mix all over ice, add black pepper.

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