Bristol’s first Crab Kitchen comes to Bedminster from Thursday, June 15th, as Carol’s Crab Kitchen opens at The Old Butcher’s on North Street.
Recognise Carol Whitworth from the photo? The kitchen’s namesake, of band Doreen Doreen fame, has teamed up with Des Rogers from the band, The Old Bookshop owner Ben Gatt and new head chef Nick Delgado for a menu inspired by Carol’s travels, focused on cracking crab cookery.
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.”
Expect flavours from the Deep South, Vietnam and beyond, with the menu including dishes such as 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.
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!
Carol herself will be hosting Carol’s Supreme Monthly Boil along with the band – keep an eye out on social media for more 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 from 5pm-10pm Tuesday-Saturday.