Bristol's first Crab Kitchen comes to Bedminster
The kitchen at The Old Butcher’s on North Street will become a melting pot of round-the-world flavours from Thursday 15th June as Carol’s Crab Kitchen opens for businesses.
The menu lists dishes of soft shell crab burgers, gumbo, Carol’s crab cakes, wings and sharing trays, buckets and beer and sides of triple cooked corn on the cob, prawn cocktail or sweetcorn chowder fries, pickled popcorn shrimp, and deep fried pickled shitake mushrooms.
Eagle-eyed Bristolians will be applauded if they’ve spotted the famous face behind the inspiration for the menu… Carol Whitworth of the band Doreen Doreen fame.
Along with Des Rogers from the band, The Old Bookshop owner Ben Gatt and new head chef Nick Delgado, Carol’s travels have inspired this international menu focused on cracking crab cooking – a beloved ingredient from her childhood growing up in the North East.
Carol says: “Crab is in my DNA. I was brought up in the North East of England and every Saturday in the summer my father used to cycle 3 miles to Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to buy a stone of live crabs from the local fishermen. He’d bring the sack home and tip out the contents into the bath and together we used to clean and prepare the crabs.
“So when Ben contacted me to be part of his vision for North Street, I jumped at the chance. I love that we’ve worked together to create a menu of recipes from my travels with crab taking centre stage.”
Every Thursday night at The Old Butcher’s will be The Weekly Seafood Boil – served on a sharing tray at the centre of the table, you’ll be poured a steaming hot pot of clams, mussels, smoked sausage and langoustines and veg – expect things to get messy!
If that wasn’t enough, Carol will be getting her own piece of the crab action by popping into The Old Butcher’s and hosting Carol’s Supreme Monthly Boil along with the band. It promises to be an extra special crab extravaganza (hint* there’s a band in the house that night), so look out on social media for further details.
Carol’s Crab Kitchen will be open Tuesday - Saturday. There’s also a brunch menu of crab or veggie grilled cheese toasties, popcorn shrimp or chicken sandwiches, and a selection of evening dishes. Brunch will be served 12noon-3pm Tuesday-Saturday and then the evening menu 5pm-10pm Tuesday-Saturday.