If you haven’t been to Richmond on a sunny day, let me tell you, it’s like going on holiday. In fact, winding our way down the river, past the beautiful people of Richmond we couldn’t quite believe we were technically still in London at all.
Following a £1,000,000 refurbishment with award-winning interior designer Nicola Harding, Bingham Riverhouse recently reopened its doors with Head Chef Andy Cole at the helm of the kitchen. He’s got a Michelin Bib Gourmand and 3 AA Rosettes under his belt so felt the journey was worthwhile. Decor wise – think pink drawing rooms and literary lined walls, creating the feeling of a storied house, one which looks out onto the infamous riverside view.
Not wanting to miss a single ray of sunshine, we’re shown out to the slim terrace, through the floor to ceiling glass doors, where we start with a glass of English sparkling wine. Not only could we see out to the rowers passing on the river, but also onto the lawn below, where a private party was taking place *makes a note to book my next birthday here*.
Despite the absolutely on point vibes, the Sunday Brunch menu which we were here to try, is very reasonably priced (two courses will set you back £35, or £38 for three). We moved into the pretty dining room and kicked things off with a beautifully vibrant green bowl of courgette risotto, topped with swirls of baby courgettes, dotted with blobs of creamy ricotta and swirled with basil oil. It was topped with what I think was puffed rice – it was crunchy and added a wonderful texture anyway – and roasted patty pan (a type of baby squash) were nestled within. Light, bright and fresh, mackerel sitting on top of mixed peppers and shredded fennel, finished with a swirl of spring onion mayo, made for a very elegant, summery starter.
Veggies & vegans are very well catered for here and my guest loved her aubergine dish with a coriander & miso glaze, topped with kohlrabi, pok choi and finished with a chilli and lime dressing. My market fish (hake on this occasion) was an absolute hug of a dish. Dainty new potatoes sat on a splodge of nutty romesco, the fish had been combined with clams, tomatoes, savoy cabbage and podded broad beans and coated in a creamy buttermilk sauce.
Paired wine throughout with the icing on the cake. Speaking of cake! The dessert was exquisite. A bitter chocolate mousse cake topped with a scoop of wild strawberry sorbet, mint, meringue and white balsamic (which we’ve never come across before!). We popped a quick caramel truffle in our mouth on the way out – catching the last of the rays, by the river before we had to return to east London, which as much as I love, does not feel like being on holiday.
The Bingham Riverhouse might just be the dreamiest way to spend a lazy Sunday and we literally can’t wait to return. Perhaps next time we’ll spend the night.