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crab1 A pop up you have to get to if you're a crab lover this winter!

Mayfair known to be home to the most eye wateringly expensive establishments that often do not live up to their price tag. HOC is currently a pop up just off Bond Street that not only lives up to expectations but comes at a very reasonable price due to its rather ad hoc venue- note- you are here for crab, not for extravagant surroundings. Saying this, the manager is cute, friendly and eager to tempt you with more cocktails than what you see on the menu which is a nice way to start (eager to please isn’t always what London’s service industry is famed for!!).  The Crabby Mary is a must, served with a crab claw garnish and shaken up with a dash of crab bisque in line with the theme. 


A simple menu with twists for crab lovers and a non-fishy option for those tagging along with crustacean enthusiasts. Crab mac and cheese- heaven in a clay-pot. The crab roll brioche is so soft it feels like clouds in your mouth whilst stuffed with different choices of crab with a humorous word play on the styles such as the Singaclaw (white and brown crab meat, hot sauce, sesame seeds, nori and coriander) or the Mexican version goes by the name of El Jimaclaw (white and brown crab meat, avocado, chilli, coriander and sour cream). The list of sides is short and sweet with offerings such as seaweed or rosemary fries and a crisp and fresh samphire salad which complement the rest well.

Dinner was deliciously delectable yet I cannot help but feel that the boys running it need a women’s touch to add a few simple marine comforts to enhance the atmosphere. It would entice people to stay a little longer than for a quick bite before putting their sail to the wind.

The four rolls on offer are -

  • Clawpedo - Salcombe brown and white crab meat, house alioli, radish and apple (£8.50)
  • The Crabfather - Salcombe brown and white crab meat, confit tomato, burata cream and crispy pancetta (£9.50)
  • El Jimaclaw - Salcombe brown and white crab meat, vocado, chilli, coriander and sour cream (£9.50)
  • Singaclaw - Salcombe brown and white crab meat,hot sauce, sesame seeds and coriander (£9.50)

House of Crab, 81 Grosvenor St, London W1K 3JY  is open until January 2015. Opening hours: midday until 10pm Monday to Saturday. Keep up with their news on Twitter @houseofcrab

Words: Alicia Pasley-Tyler


To celebrate the late May Bank​ Holiday, Farr's School of Dancing is hosting an authentic Maryland Crab Feast, Hammer & Claw, for guests to crack, smash and generally get as messy as they can handle.

Taking inspiration from the stateside home of the crab, the Antic Collective bar and restaurant, will be transformed into a Maryland crab shack on Saturday 24th May at 15.00 for one day only. Tickets cost £30 and can be purchased here.

Hammer & Claw will see guests indulge in crabs coated in Farr's own Old Bay seasoning, a spicy rub that originates in the East Coast state and is a necessary contribution to any authentic crab feast.

Just as they would over the pond, Farr's will throw the crabs with abandon across long tables lined with paper, designed to handle the salty, spicy mess. Each guest will be presented with a hammer to aid in their crab conquest. Bibs will also be provided for those looking to dress as genuine Marylanders would.

The theme of the day is hands-on eating, so the event will also offer guests the chance to indulge in "Chicharrón" Pork Skins with Chipotle Dip, before moving on to the spicy crab feast, served with Buttered Corn on the Cob and Potatoes. It will finish with a stateside summer dessert delicacy in the form of Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches, piled high in the middle of the table for diners to grab and lick as they see fit.

No crab feast is complete without plenty of drink, so Farr's will also be offering Crab Claw Punch cocktails on arrival, and plenty of beer on the tables to cool down the burn of the Old Bay.

With music pumping out and plenty of napkins on standby, Hammer & Claw is the perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday. Dressing down is not only encouraged, it is, most definitely, advised.


To book: https://www.eatmyworld.com/listings/event/?EventId=1377

Cost: £30

Includes: One Welcome Cocktail, Starter, Crab Main with Sides, Dessert, Two Beers, Music


17 – 19 Dalston Lane

E8 3DF


020 7923 4553

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Opening times

Monday – Friday 4pm - midnight, Saturday - Sunday, 12 noon – midnight

Kitchen opening times

Monday – closed, Tuesday – Thursday 5pm- 10pm, Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 12 noon –9pm, Sunday 12 noon – 6pm