The White Cross
The White Cross is a fantabulous spot for a riverside drink (if you can make it past the intensely tempting vodka revs further along the river). It has a great beer garden out front looking out onto the Thames - an ideal position to watch the barges and row boats cruise past... and maybe catch the odd heron as the tide creeps up and the river birds reclaim the pavement. It really is pretty scenic over in Richmond. Apart from all that loveliness, it's your usual pub's pub with a tidy food list and a good selection of bevies. Unlike your usual pub's pub they are pretty strict about ID.
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This is a comeback story for the ages. The Shaftesbury Tavern, previously an inconspicuous local hole in Richmond, has been taken over by the Remarkable Restaurant group (of the Dragonfly Brewery and the George & Dragon) – and boy, did they transform this pumpkin into a Cinderella (did we get that right?). Palatial Victorian accents peek out around the massive space – think chandeliers and towering pillars. There's a decent selection of ales on tap, including microbrews sourced from Dragonfly that won’t put off beer ignoramuses. The food is standard pub fare and while it doesn’t stun, it definitely does the trick. A good standard for slightly fancy people.
Tide Tables Cafe
Tucked neatly underneath a converted archway beneath Richmond Bridge, this vegetarian/vegan safe haven flaunts a large garden with three majestic trees and some of the best views of the Thames. Great coffee at tiny prices makes this an easy all-day hangout when there's sun by the riverside. Their full-on vegetarian breakfast is something we'll definitely be venturing back for.
Step into Rick Stein and you'll easily see why locals swing by frequently enough to be welcomed on first name terms. The riverside setting and generously sized windows conspire to create an airy, relaxed space with gorgeous views of the Thames. Perfect for Boat Race day or a pre-Twickenham session. The menu shifts with the seasons, aiming to keep dishes and ingredients fresh and relevant: iconic dishes such as the Dover sole à la Meunière and the Indonesian seafood curry are a fan favourite. A heads up: the wine list features many a fine vintage so don your best wine-tasting hat. If you’re in the mood for love then grab the window-seat in the conservatory - well romantic. Weekends are busy so book ahead.
Duck Pond Market
For a Sunday worth bragging about, we'd suggest nipping down to Duck Pond Market and soaking up some of the city's best local artists, crafters, food producers and ethical businesses. Bag yourselves some humble, locally made arts & crafts; gifts; vintage goodies; homeware and clothing. Don't forget to fill your boots with some of the tempting grub dotted about the market. With plenty of live musicians performing and a beautiful riverside cotch spot, you can really make a whole day of it here.