This is a big week for me, I’m leaving my job at graze in Richmond after working there for 4 years – the vast majority of my career. I’ve been so lucky to have worked in Richmond all this time, it’s a great place to spend your days and so quick to get to from London.
What do I love the most about Richmond? The green spaces, the fab shopping, and the oh so many places to eat and drink.
So in honour of my final week, here’s a comprehensive list of places to eat and drink in Richmond.
- Ole & Steen – the cinnamon social (a long platted pastry with creme pate, cinnamon and icing drizzle) is to die for
- Kiss the Hippo
- Butter Beans
Breakfast in Richmond
At graze we eat breakfast in our teams every Friday, and sometimes when there’s a special occasion or the shopping trip falls through, the local restaurants come to the rescue.
- By The Bridge – a proper British caf with a slamming full English
- Chez Lindsay – famous for pancakes
- Patisserie Valerie
- Côte Bistro – always reliable
- Jackson + Rye – great pancakes, but they can’t poach an egg
Another perk of working at graze, the bi weekly Friday pub trip. I actually did a pub poll to find out the mass preference, and this is the leaderboard, starting with most popular.
- The Old Ship
- The White Cross – right by the river, perfect for a summer drink outside by the water
- The Cricketer’s – right on the green, perfect for a summer drink outside on the grass!
- The White Horse
- The Roebuck
- Tap Tavern – quite new and very trendy, lots of gins and craft beers
- The White Swan – lovely beer garden for the summer, lovely fire for the winter
Lunch in Richmond
Friday lunch trips are the best, especially when the sun is shining. Here are some my my personal faves, and a couple of recommendations from colleagues.
- Stein’s – go here in the summer with a big group and order a Die Große Bratwurst-Sause – a giant meter platter sausage feast
- Beirut Street Kitchen – incredible Lebanese wraps
- The Alberts Deli – the only place to get a truly great sandwich
- The Thai Elephant
- Hilltribe – good Thai food, but always busy
- Maki & Bowl
Hill Street in Richmond is packed with burger joints. I’m not sure why you would need all of these literally within moments of each other, but there you go.
- Gourmet Burger Kitchen – my personal favourite because of sweet potato fries and baconnaise
- Byron – again, not as good as GBK
- Five Guys – quick, build-it-yourself diner-style joint
- Nando’s – always packed
A moment of silence for The Farmery, an amazing frozen yoghurt shop that was closed down last year to be replaced with a vape cafe.
Dinner in Richmond
- Buenos Aires Argentine Steakhouse – featured in my steak leaderboard
- Franco Manca – for some reason it’s usually almost empty
- Jackson + Rye – a reliable place to take your parents, although the service isn’t that great
- Antipodea – upmarket Australian and Indonesian food
- Pizzeria Rustica – really decently priced menu and a nice atmosphere
I’m really going to miss being in Richmond every day, although now that I don’t work there maybe I’ll actually go there on weekends. Apparently there’s a great market on the riverside that I’ve never seen! Until then, I’ll never forget the cinnamon social from Ole & Steen.