“Confident cooking by the river” - AA Inspector
RICHMOND UPON THAMES, GREATER LONDON
Our Inspector's view
Stylish restaurant-with-rooms Bingham Riverhouse is a short walk from Richmond town centre and occupies a lovely spot overlooking the River Thames. Set within a handsome pair of elegant townhouses, tables on the waterside-facing balcony are highly prized when it comes to summery alfresco dining. Easy-on-the-eye neutral hues and a calm ambience set the tone in the elegantly relaxed dining room which has the sort of chic, faultless look often found on the pages of an interiors magazine. Young and engaged waiting staff are attentive and friendly but not at all overbearing. A young and ambitious team in the kitchen displays strong technical skill and interesting flavour combinations. High quality ingredients are given the respect they deserve, and they are allowed to take centre stage with minimal interference from other elements on the plate. Before the first course, excellent home-made bread is served with light and airy whipped seaweed butter. To start, a precisely cooked and well rested quail is served with burnt apple purée, bacon, swede and sherry vinegar to round things off. Another way to begin a meal could be smoked duck breast with duck liver parfait and blood orange. For mains, an attractively presented piece of precisely timed butter-roasted sea bass is paired with cauliflower, caviar and a well-balanced, wine-enriched sauce. For meat eaters, the main course might present pork fillet with asparagus and puffed pork or lamb teamed with salsify, celery and mint. For dessert, ‘rhubarb and custard’ is much more than its tersely written menu description, the light and creamy rhubarb and vanilla parfait enhanced by fiery stem ginger and crumble for added textural balance and flavour. A vegan option to close the meal is William pear with an intriguing accompaniment of coriander ice cream and honey.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 82
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 27
- Wines over £30: 152
- Wines by the glass: 23
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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