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RESTAURANT OPENINGS IN RICHMOND & BARNES

Supper Clubs at the magical Petersham Nurseries, new restaurant openings and and Barnes Food Fair, September in Richmond and Barnes is shaping up to be very tasty, says Emily Manson 

The Orange Tree boutique hotel

The Orange Tree is reopening as a boutique hotel and pub this month after a massive refurb. The thirteen new rooms include stunning en-suite bedrooms, three feature rooms and a family suite all with a distressed chic feel that nods to both English country pub and British eccentricity. The room design takes influences from the area’s local green spaces and Kew Gardens for its décor, while roll top baths, king-sized beds, flat screen TVs and large walk in showers – are also all part of the room designs. The main bar and dining room feature classic dishes and gastro-pub specials all using seasonal top-quality ingredients including confit Gressingham duck cottage pie with Butler’s Secret cheddar mash and crispy squid, marinated courgette and white bean salad with lemon and basil mayonnaise. Room rates start at £109. 24-45 Kew Road, TW9 2NQ; 020 8940 0944; orangetreerichmond.co.uk

Barnes Food Fair

The Barnes Food Fair on Saturday 20 September. From 10am-5pm Barnes Green will be awash with street food cafes, foodie tents, small food producers and even a chef’s theatre featuring Michelin starred chefs Phil Howard and Atul Kochhar, Leiths School of Food & Wine and a mystery chef. barnesfoodfair.com

New menu at The Red Cow

The Red Cow in Richmond has launched a new selection of freshly prepared chef made dishes. Savoury bar snacks such as pigs in blankets, scotch eggs and pork crackling and mains including pork chops with mustard mash, sage infused greens with apple and black pudding, and lamb rump with fondant potatoes, sun blushed tomatoes, artichokes, olives, brazed gem and lavender sauce – all prepared on site. Enjoy these, a traditional roast or some of the sizzling meats on their big grill at one of the pub’s weekly quiz nights on Tuesdays or live music events at weekends. 59 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1YJ; 020 8940 2511; redcowpub.com

Authentic Italian restaurant

Barnes’ coffee and pasta lovers will be pleased to know that Guiliana’s has been reopened by two Neapolitan chefs as Arte Chef, an authentic Italian café with traditional brick pizza oven. The pair, who both trained in Italy, will offer southern Italian influenced food from morning coffee and cakes, panini, healthy salads and pasta or a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Open for lunch and dinner, there’s a different menu in the evening to showcase the chefs’ full talents. 58 Church Road, SW13 0DQ, 020 8563 8223; artechef.co.uk

Supper club at Petersham Nurseries

Enjoy a special dinner in the unique surrounds of Petersham Nurseries with the return of their Summer Supper Clubs. The candlelit dinners on 18,19,20 September include a bespoke menu inspired from the garden that showcases the exceptional produce. For £75 per person excluding drinks but including a seasonal aperitif and appetiser on arrival the kitchen will create a sensational three course menu using the best autumnal ingredients. Contact 020 8940 5230 or email info@petershamnurseries.com to reserve a table. petershamnurseries.com/eat/cafe/supper-clubs

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