The Bingham

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The Bingham

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. The Sunday set lunch showcased the kitchen’s adept treatment of diverse cuts of meat (a separate vegetarian carte offers equally enticing fare). The amuse-bouche was an enchantingly light, fresh-tasting tomato mousse with basil-tinged foam; a citrus-edged zestiness and lightness of touch also characterised the Dorset crab risotto. Foie gras parfait with own-made apple chutney and grilled sourdough bread showed simple clarity of flavours, while accompaniments to a quail starter included an exemplary ricotta dumpling.

Meat lovers can enjoy the playful contrasts of textures: hotpot and grill of lamb, braise and roast of pork belly, sublime beef marrow persillade atop long-aged sirloin. Desserts had the same deft touch with contrasting textures, tastes and colours; particularly effective was a simple oat crumble with toasted pine nuts and crunchy pomegranate seeds alongside a rhubarb-accented dark chocolate tart.

A carefully considered wine list ensures a glass to complement each dish, and the sommelier is as helpful as the rest of the charming staff.



Venue name: The Bingham
Address: 61-63 Petersham Road
TW10 6UT
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-10am Mon-Fri; 8-10am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat; 12.30-4pm Sun. Dinner served 7-10pm Mon-Thur; 6.30-10.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Richmond
Price: Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £22.50 2 courses, £25 3 courses; (Sun) £38 3 courses. Set meal £45 3 courses, £65 tasting menu (£115 incl wine)
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 What a stunner of a find. At a loss of something to do on Sunday I finally decided to get my ass in gear and make my way down to Richmond, an area of London i've never visited before! On my way there (in my friends car because I HATE the District line!) I took to TimeOut to find out the best options available to us for lunch. Bingham had a great review and some availability for lunch so we headed there. We walked in without a reservation and were invited to wait in the elegant bar for a table on the terrace to become available. We were served nuts, olives and wasabi peas while we waited and enjoyed a cold glass of pale rosé as we looked out onto the beautifully manicured gardens.

A short wait and we were soon shown to our table with the same views of the garden and a better view of the river, just 50ft away. As it was a Sunday we could only dine from the Sunday set menu, costing £38. A little steep but considering the setting it didn't seem like a rip off. The dishes were beautifully presented, as I started with the mackerel and watermelon and my friend enjoyed the asparagus with pancetta and poached egg. Both light and elegant, our plates were soon scraped clean.

My main was a roast sirloin, complete with yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg and soft, delicious potatoes. A gorgeously succulent plate of food considering it was served WITHOUT GRAVY (wtf?!) and again, not a scrap was left on my plate.

For dessert we both chose the blueberry cheesecake which was light and airy with a subtle sharpness brought in from a quenelle of sorbet. It was a little small, but satfisfying none the less.

To end we were presented with 2 petite fours - a chocolate truffle and a cube of nougat, both beautiful and packed with flavour.

Our total bill came to £120 including 2 glasses of wine each and service. I'd love to come back and try the a la carte, and would certainly consider this a wonderful location for a celebratory meal. It is almost the perfect spot to enjoy the river on a lazy summers day and i'll certainly make the effort to head to Richmond for it again.

My favourite lunch place: weekday menu is amazing value, and the view from the balcony is great.

Still have to try an evening meal