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Richmond bars and pubs

Looking for fancy riverside drinking? You’ve come to the right part of town – Richmond bars and pubs are ideal for classy pints by the Thames

By Laura Richards
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A trip to well-to-do Richmond isn't complete without a quick stop to admire the scenery, and where better to do so than in a riverside pub. Find old-fashioned boozers with faithful food menus, prime spots for watching the rugby filled with match-day fans and lovely, bucolic places from which to sip on fine wine and continental lagers.

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Richmond area guide.

The best pubs and bars in Richmond

The Britannia

Bars and pubs Pubs Richmond

Pub with grub down an alleyway with friendly staff and an indie vibe that’s rare to find in this part of town. The menu proves popular, as does the courtyard with smokers.  

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Cricketers

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs 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 Cricketers exudes a bucolic timelessness; you can sip your lager or Guinness on the Green.

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No. 1 Duke Street

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Richmond

No. 1 Duke Street packs it all in: a courtyard, a quaint bar, another brighter-lit bar with a kitchen, an upstairs with a popular miniature games room (four armchairs and table football) and a garden. Enjoy continental lagers and fancy pub grub. 

The Orange Tree

Bars and pubs Richmond

Many locals choose to station themselves at the Orange Tree on rugby match days. It’s primarily a chintzed-up gastropub but they go all out for big games, with a barbecue and an early bar.

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Roebuck

Bars and pubs Richmond

This pub’s appeal isn’t quite all about location, location, location. But by the same token, the views from here, a fair hike up Richmond Hill, are beautiful – take your drink outside to one of the benches and you’ll be looking out towards rural Petersham and across the Thames.

Richmond Vault Beer Cellar & Restaurant

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Richmond

Located in Richmond town centre, you'll find Richmond Vault. You have to venture underground – the entrance is down some steps outside a grand Georgian townhouse – to explore the series of arches and passageways that make this bar and restaurant such a unique prospect. The bar serves beer from independent breweries. 

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Stein's

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Richmond

The idyllic riverside setting is the perfect venue for Stein’s dog- and family-friendly Bavarian beer garden. Once you order your food at the window, waiting staff quickly bring the meal to your shared picnic table in the entirely outdoor dining area. Choose from a hefty range of German imports to wash down all that sausage. 

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White Cross

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Richmond

This Young's pub is a grande dame of a Thameside boozer. The sunny (well, sometimes) river-facing beer garden is a prime pub position, but you can guarantee you’ll have stiff competition for a seat at peak times from tourists stopping by before or after a trip to Kew Gardens.

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The Old Ship

Bars and pubs Pubs Richmond

Another Young’s pub in the area, The Old Ship is a good ship for many. Sunday roasts do a strong trade. Although the riverside action is the main draw, board games add to the excitement indoors.

Lass O' Richmond Hill

Bars and pubs Gastropubs London

Bringing a dash of Gaelic charm to Richmond, this gastropub does a good job of combining cosiness with sophistication. The kitchen cooks up classics with a twist, such as bread and butter pudding with chocolate and whiskey, and, weather permitting, does a mean barbecue menu too.

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London’s best historic pubs

Bars and pubs

One of the best ways to learn about London’s rich history is by sinking a pint in the pub. No joke. These historic London pubs have been around for yonks and offer up the tell-tale signs of the celebrity, scandal and maybe even murder that took place in the capital many moons ago. Some of these ancient inns have been licensed since the 1600s and many date back even further (and you can bet a lot of them claim to be London’s oldest pub). So grab a spot at the bar and ask for the skinny from the staff on these pubs with a long old backstory.

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