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Restaurants in Richmond
Korean-run Matsuba is as pretty as a box of luxury chocolates – all dark wood and subtle light panels running along the length of the room, with vintage Japanese parasols and smartly turned-out waiters with quiet dispositions. It’s an attractive option for locals (mostly non-oriental, affluent couples and families), not least because of the decent wine list.Read more
Venue says: £10 express lunch Tuesday-Saturday noon-2:30pm (a la carte also available).
Just south of Richmond Bridge, this traditional Italian local was half full with a mix of families and dowdyish couples on our Sunday lunchtime visit. It isn’t a particularly romantic spot – our booth table was too wide for intimate banter, the dark decor a little gloomy – but the generous, mostly reliable food makes up for it.Read more
Elegant simplicity is the hallmark of this Georgian house hotel bordering the Richmond towpath. The dining area occupies two spacious, well-lit rooms; french windows overlook the river; bright chandeliers and large mirrors enhance the gold tones and woodwork. Food, notably high tea, is also served in the grey- and silver-hued bar area and on the decked patio when weather permits.Read more
The enduring appeal of this outpost of Brittany is easy to understand: an endearingly chaotic informality; a spacious yet homely wood- and wicker-clad dining area populated by couples, families, parties of friends; authentic regional cuisine served with Gallic charm; a flexible menu and cider/wine list.Read more
In a lane that’s close to Richmond Green, Gelateria Danieli is a tiny shop with a thriving takeaway business. In warm weather, you can head off with a mouth-watering scoop of the flavour of the day and bask in the sun on the grass nearby. Apart from regular flavours such as milk chocolate, pistachio or tiramisu, there are seasonal ones: on our visit, a mango gelato.Read more
Chocoholics flock to this temple of cocoa nestled near Richmond Green. Winner of many accolades, William Curley enjoys a varied and loyal clientele, all in search of a truly special sweet treat. The melding of classic French techniques and Japanese flavours intrigues even the most experienced palates, and the display of too-pretty-to-eat pastries and chocolate sculptures is mesmerising.Read more
Things to do in Richmond
Syon House is bursting with history. The magnificent turreted pile looks out over the Thames towards Kew. It was built on the site of a medieval abbey that was brutally dissolved by Henry VIII, and it was here that Henry's fifth wife Catherine Howard awaited her execution.Read more
Bars and pubs in Richmond
Cut down Golden Court from Richmond High Street and, with Richmond Green spread out before you, you’ll see touches of Old England: a couple of Macmillan-era phone boxes and this pub among them. The current premises were rebuilt on a previous pub site in 1834 after a fire. The undated photograph of the Surrey XI by the main door was taken perhaps 50 years later. In any case, the Cricketers exudes a bucolic timelessness; you can sip your Greene King IPA or Guinness on the Green (albeit in a plastic mug). Lager drinkers can choose between Staropramen, Grolsch, Stella, Kronenbourg and Foster’s; better wines (Chablis, Châteauneuf-du-pape) also come by the glass (around £4). The 15 main dishes are of the British beef-and-ale pie variety, but smaller appetites can be satisfied with the £1.95 tapas-style nibbles served on a long board, with plenty of Indian selections among the choices.Read more
Halfway down narrow Church Street, parallel to the Thames and the Eel Pie Island of early 1960s music lore, this likeable old Hall & Woodhouse pub is a real rugby haunt. Walls of framed tickets, colour caricatures and signed shirts line the far end of the two-space interior, historic prints of this sleepy neighbourhood the other. Between them, the bar features taps that might offer drinkers the likes of Kronenbourg and Amstel, various Badger-branded ales (First Gold, Hopping Hare, the summery Lemony Cricket), Harveys Sussex Best and Peroni. Prices are reasonable, helping to keep this place in business when there’s no Six Nations game or big-name concert up the road. Sit outside on summer weekends, when the street gets closed to traffic.Read more
Located in a basement beer cellar, the menu here is focused heavily on meat, with burgers, steaks and ribs all dominating the selection, but really Pig’s Ear is all about the beer. Ten beers and ciders are available on draught at any one time and there are around 100 beers available by the bottle.Read more
The Young’s website stiffly bills this place as a ‘Traditional Historic Riverside Pub’. The use of initial caps is clumsy, but it’s oddly appropriate for this grande dame of Thameside boozers. In many regards, the White Cross is a by-the-book Young’s operation: solid if unspectacular ales (plus a guest), uncomplicated pub grub, friendly and competent staff, decor that doesn’t leave much of an impression either way. But most by-the-book Young’s operations aren’t right on the river like this one, to the point where the White Cross is often cut off by high tides in spring. Your company on the terrace or at the bar will be provided by a variety of longtime locals and just-arrived tourists, with assorted rugger buggers thrown into the mix on Twickenham match days. If you haven’t got tickets, worry not: major games are screened in the pub.Read more