Looking for a restaurant in Richmond that’s about more than just the food? Richmond has tons to offer those who are seeking a stylish backdrop to some serious dining
1 Petersham Nurseries
The now infamous café at Petersham Nurseries is one of London’s prettiest places to dine. Surrounded by foliage and sat at pretty wrought-iron tables, it’s hard to imagine a more serene space. Food is, unsurprisingly, focussed around fresh first-rate produce, prepared with an Italian accent by culinary director Lucy Boyd. There are also regular supper clubs – see the website for details.
Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AG; 020 8940 5230; petershamnurseries.com
2 The Dysart
Located in an old Arts and Crafts building dating back to 1904, The Dysart Arms makes the most of its original character. Inside the restaurant is cosy and warm, full of period charm, while outside a magical garden becomes an alfresco dining room in the spring and summer, lit only by candles. The menu is adjusted according to what food comes in and the restaurant follows the Slow Food Movement’s approach, getting natural ingredients, grown or foraged locally, avoiding additives or lots of sugar, and cooking dishes simply so their flavour stands out.
135 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AA; 020 8940 8005; thedysartpetersham.co.uk
3 The Bingham
Tucked away beside the river, the Bingham is one of Richmond’s real gems. The boutique hotel is set in a Georgian townhouse overlooking the Thames and its eponymous restaurant is a lovely spot for romantic dinners and special occasions. Newly-appointed head chef Mark Jarvis heads up the kitchen, serving modern British food and traditional roasts on Sundays. The light and airy dining room is all chic neutrals and art deco mirrors inside, with a decked terrace outside that looks out over the gardens and riverside, as far as settings go in London, this one is hard to beat.
61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UT; 020 8940 0902; thebingham.co.uk/our-restaurant
4 The Petersham
Along with being one of the top restaurants in Richmond, The Petersham boasts unspoilt, panoramic views of the River Thames and surrounding water meadow. Head Chef Alex Bentley’s award-winning menu offers fine British cooking using fresh and seasonal ingredients to create perfectly balanced flavours. The restaurant’s ambience is relaxed and the service discreet. This is a great place for a special occasion.
Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ; 020 8940 7471; petershamhotel.co.uk
5 Rock and Rose
Kitsch, girly interiors , shiny Chesterfield sofas, glitzy chandeliers and pretty wallpaper do nothing but confirm that this is a place designed by a girl with girls in mind. Ideal for a night out with friends, Rock and Rose serves excellent cocktails and a fantastic menu of classic dishes and grills, with a touch of Asian fusion. There’s also a kids’ menu.
106-108 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PQ; 020 8948 8008; rockandroserestaurant.com