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Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill

Richard Corrigan
Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill

  • One Rosette

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11-15 Swallow Street
Mayfair
London
W1B 4DG
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Richard Corrigan

Richard Corrigan grew up on a 25 acre farm in County Meath, Ireland, described in his book as: ‘the last gasp of a rural era that in most places in Ireland had disappeared twenty to thirty years before.’ Although cash poor, they lived well, and happiness often centred on cooking and eating. ‘He says the farming mentality made him ‘very unpretentious about good food … We never thought of game as anything special because you’d go out to the outhouses and there were always pheasants and wild ducks hanging behind the door.’ Experiencing the hard work involved in food production also left its mark. He says ‘When you’re out thinning the leek beds and weeding every night, you appreciate what you grow’.

The family produced all kinds of vegetables and made their own pork, ham, bacon and black pudding. His mother churned her own butter and made the family’s bread. They had beehives, but Richard Corrigan remembers: ‘my father always preferred wild honey … If we heard there was a nest of bees, my dad would stop everything and we had to head into the fields, looking to raid it … There’s something quite mad about wild honey.’

Richard Corrigan