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Best Food in Richmond-upon-Thames

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Richmond is a beautiful area, and easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for a single meal out while in London, or for a longer stay. I'm a big foodie myself, but am a terrible cook, so I've become pretty familiar with all the best places to eat out in the Richmond neighbourhood! With something for every taste and budget, this list should give you an idea of what I consider to be the best food in the area.

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  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
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  • Like a Local

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9 Places

Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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Al Boccon Di'vino is Non Solo Vino

Restaurants

Gelateria Danieli

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A Cena

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Tangawizi

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Gaucho - Richmond

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Bill's Richmond

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Richmond Park

Parks

Tide Tables

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Nina F's City Tips

  • There are loads of great walks and parks in Richmond - work up an appetite then head out for a meal.
  • Booking is recommended - most of these restaurants get busy.
  • There's a good mix of chains and independent restaurants in Richmond, so there's something to suit every budget.
  • Parking can be limited in Richmond, but you can easily get there on public transport (the Overground, Underground or National Rail).
  • Petersham Nurseries Cafe
    Restaurants (Italian, European, British)
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    Nina F Says:

    Petersham Nurseries is a garden centre, home and lifestyle store, restaurant and cafe, all in one - it's beautiful, and a fabulous choice on a sunny day. Take a stroll along the river from Richmond to work up an appetite first, and then enjoy the picture-perfect surroundings as you dine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Petersham Nurseries comprises two eateries: The Café (a fabulous but expensive restaurant) and The Teahouse (serving savoury snacks, cake and tea).
    • It is imperative that you make a reservation to dine at The Café, as it gets booked up quite far in advance.
    • I love picking up a pot of tea and a slice of homemade cake (always unusual - think chocolate beetroot, or courgette cake!), and eating it in one of the greenhouse dining rooms.
    • Dogs are allowed.
    • It takes less than half an hour to walk from Richmond station, across the meadows and beside the river - I highly recommend walking, but parking is available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 261 restaurants in Richmond-upon-Thames
    • Seriously? Calling Sunday's Chicken and veg leftovers Tuesday's Chicken Pie? 11/20/2018
    • Average but borderline poor if you consider the prices... 11/12/2018
    • Petersham Nurseries Cafe
    Address:
    Church Lane, off Petersham Road Richmond
    off Petersham Road
    Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7AG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8940 5230
    Price range:
    $32 - $128
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Al Boccon Di'vino is Non Solo Vino
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    Nina F Says:

    This is a true Italian dining experience - although there are no pizzas here - in fact there's not even a menu! A multi-course dining experience, get ready for a tasting experience like no other, as the chef chooses what you'll eat. Dishes are small but numerous - expect to start with soup or antipasti, move on to fish or small pasta dishes, finally build to the main meat dish, and then finish on a sweet note with a traditional Italian dessert. You won't receive a bill at the end, but your server will scrawl the total cost on your tablecloth! A fantastic experience with exceptional food - but be warned that you may never want to eat commercial Italian again!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The price per head is quite high, however the quality and number of dishes, as well as the experience itself justifies it!
    • The servers are knowledgeable when it comes to wine, so ask their advice if you can't decide what to drink with your meal - particularly when each course will be so different.
    • The restaurant is small, and booking is imperative - it's often booked up quite far in advance.
    • This is not a very child-friendly restaurant, and not great for fussy eaters either!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 261 restaurants in Richmond-upon-Thames
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better and better 11/09/2018
    • Wow ! Fabulous 11/06/2018
    • Al Boccon Di'vino is Non Solo Vino
    Address:
    14A Red Lion Street
    Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1RW
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8940 9060
    Price range:
    $40 - $159
    Other:
  • Gelateria Danieli
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    Nina F Says:

    Taste the best ice cream in London (in my opinion)! A tiny shop down a narrow cobbled street, Danieli serves delicious ice cream, all made on the premises, with plenty of unusual and delicious flavours. It's a Richmond institution and a must-visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can buy a tub of ice cream to take away, or even a tasting box of several flavours.
    • During summer, Danieli has a second shop on Richmond Green that serves ice cream; the rest of the year it is a chocolate shop, so still worth a visit!
    • It's not that cheap, but it is delicious - and totally worth the price!
    • Enjoy your ice cream on Richmond Green - during the summer, you can even watch the cricket while you eat!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 261 restaurants in Richmond-upon-Thames
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing pistachio ice cream 10/02/2018
    • La Dolce Vita per i Tuoi Sensi 09/30/2018
    • Gelateria Danieli
    Address:
    16 Brewers Lane
    Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1HH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8439 9807
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • A Cena
    Restaurants (Italian, European)
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    Nina F Says:

    Hop over Richmond Bridge to find A Cena, with its simple yet chic interior, and quality, seasonal menu, it's the perfect choice for a nice meal out. Serving authentic northern Italian food, it's not your average pizza-and-pasta joint at all. Although not overly fancy, it is definitely high quality - a good choice for date nights and special occasions.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • There is an ever-changing cocktail menu, which I highly recommend.
    • With soft lighting, lots of candles and a stylish interior, it's a great choice for a date.
    • A Cena serves a cracking Sunday lunch.
    • If the Zucchini Fritti (starter) or Beignets (dessert) are on the menu, I highly recommend you order them!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 162 restaurants in Twickenham
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Real quality 11/15/2018
    • Lovely atmosphere 11/06/2018
    • A Cena
    Address:
    418 Richmond Road
    Twickenham TW1 2EB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8288 0108
    Price range:
    $13 - $64
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tangawizi
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
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    Nina F Says:

    Tangawizi is so much more than a curry house, instead it serves north Indian dishes plus a tandoori tapas menu, and its dishes are authentic but contemporary. Enjoy your meal in the low-lit smart and contemporary space, located just the other side of the river over Richmond Bridge.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Alongside the à la carte menu, expect a rotating list of specials.
    • The mood lighting and smart interior make this a great spot for date nights and special occasion dinners.
    • The Tangawizi platter is a great choice, giving you a taster of lots of the delicious dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 162 restaurants in Twickenham
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Indian, wonderful staff 11/06/2018
    • Some Bland Food with Strange Service 10/28/2018
    • Tangawizi
    Address:
    Richmond Bridge 406 Richmond Road
    Twickenham TW1 2EB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8891 3737
    Price range:
    $69 - $69
    Hours:
    Sun
    6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Gaucho - Richmond
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Argentinean, South American)
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    Nina F Says:

    This well-regarded Argentinean steakhouse is certainly not cheap, but it is excellent. Your waiter will show you all the cuts of steak available by bringing out raw samples on a board - you make your selection, order some sides, and enjoy something from the top quality drinks menu. A wonderfully lavish setting, right on the riverside, with stylish interior design.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Best for meat eaters.
    • It's an expensive place, but I believe it is worth the money for the quality of food and service.
    • An excellent variety and selection of wine, makes Gaucho a good choice for oenophiles too.
    • During summer, the terrace area is available to dine on; sitting inside is also lovely though.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 261 restaurants in Richmond-upon-Thames
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really.... 11/16/2018
    • The thrills are in the frills, not the food. 11/14/2018
    • Gaucho - Richmond
    Address:
    The Towpath
    Richmond Riverside
    Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 6UJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8948 4030
    Price range:
    $51 - $90
    Other:
  • Bill's Richmond
    Restaurants (British)
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    Nina F Says:

    Bill's is a fantastically safe bet at any time of day. The weekend brunch is fab, but dinner is equally as impressive. The interior is cosy and rustic, with a variety of seating areas and nooks, normally lit by candlelight. Bill's is a reasonably-priced failsafe spot for diners of all ages.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If visiting for breakfast/brunch, I highly recommend the pancakes.
    • Booking is recommended, particularly on the weekend. The restaurant is good at accommodating larger groups too.
    • Bills is very family-friendly with a great kids' menu.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 261 restaurants in Richmond-upon-Thames
    • Excellent service 11/16/2018
    • Amazing Dessert at Bills 11/08/2018
    • Bill's Richmond
    Address:
    1 Hill Rise
    Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 6UQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8948 0768
    Price range:
    $13 - $26
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Richmond Park
    Parks
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    Nina F Says:

    Although Richmond Park has a few eateries of its own, it is mainly on my list because it's the perfect place to picnic! A stunning park, so vast and green (and with so many deer and parakeets!) you won't believe you're even in London. I suggest you bring your own food and get back to nature!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Richmond has a Waitrose, M&S and Whole Foods - all great choices for buying food for a picnic.
    • If you would prefer to eat in somewhere, Pembroke Lodge is a good restaurant and tea room situated in the park - their afternoon tea is fabulous!
    • Work up an appetite with a walk in the park - there are ponds, a plantation, forests and grasslands to explore.
    • There's free car parking, or it's less than 30 minutes' walk from Richmond station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Richmond-upon-Thames
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just awesome 11/20/2018
    • A fabulous park 11/17/2018
    • Richmond Park
    Phone:
    +44 300 061 2200
    Other:
  • Tide Tables
    Restaurants (Cafe, British)
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    Nina F Says:

    This cafe's main merit is its location, in a converted arch right on Richmond riverside. Drop in for a drink or a snack. The cafe serves good vegetarian/vegan food if you're feeling peckish - think soups, baked potatoes and quiche, alongside delicious cakes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tide Tables does get busy at meal times, and when the weather is nice.
    • It's great for vegetarians; and there are also some vegan options. Many ingredients are Fairtrade and organic to boot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 261 restaurants in Richmond-upon-Thames
    • Pit stop during charity walk 11/06/2018
    • Missing it! 09/29/2018
    • Tide Tables
    Address:
    2 The Arches Riverside
    2 The Arches
    Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1TH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 8948 8285
    Price range:
    $5 - $15
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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