Didnt really know where to put this tip,We went to The Petersham Hotel,in the bar you can sit and have a drink and watch the sunset in the most idyllic location,mind you for a non-alcoholic cocktail,one lager and a glass of champagne costs...............£15,
Was it worth it?
for the view alone I'll have to say yes !!!! None
Pub food and beers with a good view of the Thames
The Roebuck is a typical English pub with decent food and cold beer. The coolest thing is that you can get a beer then walk across the road to the little park that overlooks the Thames River. Here you can sit and watch the beautiful sunset and people watch. View also includes the Petersham Hotel. The Roebuck itself is fine, just a litte smokey for my taste (like most pubs!) Casual
The Petersham - fine dining in the Petersham Hotel
The Petersham Restaurant is located inside the Petersham Hotel in Richmond. The hotel is housed in a stunning period building which dates back to 1865. The restaurant has an "old-school" sophistication about it, with plenty of soft furnishings to ensure that although the ceilings are low, when the dining room is full there is a good level of buzz, but you can still have a conversation with your dining companion/s. There are large windows that offer great views over Petersham Meadow and the river.
We went to the Petersham for Sunday lunch to celebrate our anniversary. Lunch is the perfect time to visit (during winter anyway) to enjoy the view - even though we didn't end up with a window seat, we could see the view from the rear of the room. Service was very good throughout our meal, though it proved difficult to get someone's attention when we wanted our bill.
Lunch was a set price for 3 courses at £31.50 (Sunday), though is cheaper the rest of the week. We thought the price was reasonable though, considering the quality of the food, and the generous portion sizes. I was also pleasantly surprised by the wine list - plenty of affordable options. To start, we had the Pigeon, chorizo & cep risotto, and the Hand rolled lasagne with goats cheese, asparagus, dried tomato & pesto. The presentation was excellent, and the flavours just as good. The pigeon was perfectly pink and a great companion to the rich risotto. And how can you go wrong with any dish that has goats cheese and asparagus?!
Main courses were the Baked fillet of sea bass with seaweed and crushed root vegetables with saffron, and the Honey roasted Guinea fowl with braised leeks, smoked bacon & roast potato. Again, presentation was excellent and both meals were full of flavour.
Dessert was the Madagascan vanilla rice pudding with plum compote, and some very creamy Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream. We didn't order coffee, but we were still presented with two tasty chocolates when we received our bill.
There is nothing trendy about the Petersham, but if you feel like taking a step back in time, and enjoying good food and service in comfortable surroundings, then this may be the place for you. And take your parents/grandparents with you, they will love it.
The best meal I have had for years.
I am fortunate enough to have eaten in some very wonderful restaurants over the years, and by that I don't necessarily mean fine dining. I am equally happy in some little place out of the way with well cooked local food as I am in a good restaurant, and I hope this is reflected in my tips. I don't think I am mistaken, however, when I composed the title of this tip, the restaurant in the Bingham Hotel is, simply, wonderful.
A perfectly prepared pre-dinner Mojito on the lovely terrace overlooking the Thames was a great start. We were then shown into the pleasant, fairly sparsely decorated but comfortable dining room and shown by a courteous maitre d' to a window table with the same magnificent view.
We were there early week and the place was not terribly full, although we subsequently found out that the gents dining near us were the head chef from the nearby Petersham Hotel (another fine restaurant) and his friends. They certainly seemed to be enjoying the fare.
The service was good but not over-fussy and the sommelier managed to conspire with my companion to pick an excellent (and not ruinously expensive) bottle. I freely admit to being no wine expert but to my untutored eye, the wine list seemed very comprehensive.
The food was, simply stunning. I had studied the menu on the website (I suggest you do the same had seemed a little over-complicated but the food everything was perfectly balanced and portions sufficient to be satisfying without over feeding you.
An example of what I mean about the dishes was the main course I had. I am always keen to try new things, and I had never had veal cheeks before, so I opted for them. Braised veal cheeks served with parmesan gnocchi, sweetbread, roast cauliflower puree and a red wine sauce might sound a little overdone. I assure you it was nothing short of wonderful.
I could not manage a sweet but a coffee and a very fine glass of port completed things nicely.
Certainly this is not a place I could afford to eat regularly but the lunch prix fixe menu at £15 for two courses and £19 for three seems a steal.
According to the website, head chef Shay Cooper has worked in Michelin starred restaurants before. On the evidence of this meal, I would not be surprised if he does not go on to a Michelin star or two himself.
This place really is a delight and I can only recommend you go there. I can't wait to visit again. As described the braised veal cheeks served with parmesan gnocchi, sweetbread, roast cauliflower puree, red wine sauce which almost defies description, so good was it.