Hix Oyster & Chop House, Clerkenwell

Posted by Krista on November 3, 2009

Hix oyster and chophouse

Hix Oyster & Chop House
36-37 Greenhill Rents
Cowcross Street
EC1M 6BN

Date of Last Visit: Friday, October 23, 2009

The Victim: Me

The Damage: £30

The Background: My flight back from Chicago landed at Heathrow at 12. Eyeballs scanned, I was home at pretty much exactly 2 and at Hix Oyster & Chop House by 2:30 p.m. I had been saving myself for this particular Hix…ignoring the soul-destroying breakfast of warm yogurt and stale pastry on my flight. Knowing…knowing that there was a very very good lunch just waiting for me.

The Entrance: A good-sized late lingering lunch crowd was, well, lingering. The hostess put me at the bar, which I like. File Hix Oyster & Chop House away as a good place to lunch alone.

Hix oyster and chophouse beef and oyster pie
The Food: An immensely delicious beef and oyster pie. (Plus a side salad of watercress and shallots to get my five-a-day.) This pie ranks up there with the most delicious things I have eaten all year. Really…the crust!! You should have seen me there, chinking the crust off the porcelain serving dish. (My apologies to my neighbour on the left, who was inadvertently attacked by flying pie crust bits.) Desperation, I tell ya. This pie was so delicious that I had to see if the newer Hix had the same on their menu because maybe, just maybe, I could have this pie two days in a row…And they did! (Albeit a quid or two more expensive.)

The Service: Cheerful. Knowledgeable. Brought me over the Hix books to peruse while I dined alone. Hix' British Seasonal Food looks great. If I ever move back to the States, now you know what to get me as a going away present. I ran into my server again the next day over at Hix Soho, which was fun.

My Other Reading Material: The last ever issue of Gourmet. Sadness.

What I Did Next: Made plans to have lunch at Hix in Soho the next day!

The Verdict: I will be back. And why haven't I been here sooner?

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7 Responses to “Hix Oyster & Chop House, Clerkenwell”

  1. msmarmitelover
    Nov 03, 2009

    I’m going to copy that pie…but without meat…god I’m hungry now!


  2. Gourmet Chick
    Nov 03, 2009

    This is sounding like a Hix obsession Krista – the pie looks amazing though!


  3. Krista
    Nov 03, 2009

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    Would you keep the oysters? How would you do it?


  4. Krista
    Nov 03, 2009

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    Definintely an obsession! Let me know if you want to go!


  5. Helen
    Nov 05, 2009

    I NEED to eat his food.


  6. Krista
    Nov 05, 2009

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    Yes! You must! The pie in particular…delicious!


  7. Rlpkamath
    Mar 13, 2010

    Went to Hix last night finally. After reading your blog. It was brilliant. Saw the famous pie but had the lamb chops and hangar steak instead. Loved the silver tankards to drink beer in. Damage was huge mainly due to alcohol consumption.