Richmond and Barnes are getting foodier by the minute with the capital’s top restaurants, bars and food shops migrating to this patch of London. Find out about the latest openings in your local area
1 Coffee and cocktails in Surbiton
Marylebone based cocktail specialists, Purl, have brought their know-how to our part of town with the opening of Rubi, their new shabby-chic coffee shop by day and cocktail bar by night. There’s even a ‘secret’ Purl bar in the basement. By day, top notch Italian coffees, breakfasts, baked goods, light lunches and milkshakes are all on the menu, while in the evenings it dons a speakeasy style with funky house and jazz tunes, cocktails with a twist and American craft beers on offer. Their ever popular cocktail making masterclasses run on the last Friday of every month and booking is essential.
97 Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4AW; rubi-london.com
2 Great value French menus in St Margaret’s
Brula in St Margaret’s is celebrating its 15th anniversary with delicious celebratory set price lunch and dinner menus. The restaurant, which feels like a little corner of Paris in London is offering a two or three course set menu from £15 for lunch (– for £15 years – geddit!) or £19.99 for dinner (founded in 1999 – see what they did there?!). The irresistible menu will include seasonally changing dishes as well as classics such as onglet steak and frites, beef cheek, ‘bourguignon’ and confit Barbary duck leg.
43 Crown Road, St Margarets, TW1 3EJ; 020 8892 0602; brula.co.uk
3 The Ginger Pig arrives in Barnes
Upmarket butchers The Ginger Pig have announced their latest opening in Barnes. On the former Café Delice site on Church Road, Barnes residents can now enjoy the Ginger Pig’s finest quality meats. Try free range, naturally fed meat such as Longhorn, Shorthorn and Galloways dry aged beef, Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot and Berkshire pork, sausages from north Yorkshire, poultry from Botterills and France and even seasonal game. There are also great deli items like pork pies, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. It’s great timing for getting those Christmas orders organised!
61 Church Rd, Barnes, SW13 9HH; thegingerpig.co.uk
4 Supper for £10 at Barnes restaurant
Barnes favourite, The Depot has relaunched its great ‘supper for a tenner’ this October. With seasonal delights, it’s a great place to enjoy the last of the autumnal evenings and a great value two course dinner. (From 13th Oct to 28th Nov)
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, SW14 8SN; 0844 288 0726; depotbrasserie.co.uk