Going to the “burbs”

Thought to get away from our familiar surrounds for the weekend.

Decided to check out Richmond. We’ve been there recently but a friend had just moved there and found out another friend lives nearby … so off we went.

When we arrived at our hotel – Bingham Riverhouse, we discovered that across the street is The Poppy Factory – where they make all the red poppies that we wear each year.

Mum was hoping to take a tour but it was too late. Besides we had a lunch date with Skylar at The Dysart Petersham in this handsome Arts and Crafts building dating back to 1904.

Inside, it featured oak beams and decorative carvings, blending it naturally into the village and the landscape of Richmond Park. 

And the food – well, everything didn’t just looked pretty – Mum enjoyed every morsel of it.

Skylar, some bread?

Even George who usually sits quietly on the floor was very keen to have some crumbs.

Ahhhh, Mum – trying to eat more healthy – thus the fish.

Roast hake, fresh almonds, peas, baby gem, yellow beans, cuttlefish

Skylar being much taller never need to perch to see what’s on the table.

Malfatti gnocchi, homemade ricotta, Petersham nettles, pine nut tuile

And last but not least … dessert.

Lemon verbena crème brûlée, chocolate financiers

Feeling satisfied, we walked back to Bingham House to check into our room.

We had requested a room with a river view, but we didn’t get one – too many wedding guests there that took precedence over us.

Instead we went out for a wander along the river.

We met up with Tammy and Bruno – and walked along the River Thames as the sun was just setting.

There were so many people just hanging out by the river side …

And we walked off leash all along the way. Tammy showed us No.1a Duke Street – a happening place.

Chicken, Leek, Tarragon Pie for mum – and a few glasses of rose.

After a long supper, we walked back from the town centre back to our hotel, passing pretty lit-up narrow side streets.

It was time for bed after a long day. But thought to read up a little about what to see and do in Richmond.

And George, well, all that car ride and new environment tired him out – as he curled up into a ball and went to sleep.

Tomorrow we shall explore a little bit more – when we meet up with Skylar for a walk.

May’s comment: Seem to be checking out Richmond lately. Except for Richmond Park, I don’t really know much about this suburban town just outside of central London. Only a 30 minute drive from where we live, and since someone told us about “dog-friendly” Bingham House, we thought to check out the town properly.

We had earlier in the year been to one of the best restaurants – R&H Cafe on Richmond Hill, and recently went to visit Snoopy and Tammy at Ham House Stables. Of course there’s always Petersham Nurseries. Richmond has not failed to surprise us each time.

On this visit we went to eat at The Dysart Petersham – as recommended by Tammy. Dog friendly – both inside and outside space in a lovely Arts and Crafts building, with a lovely garden.

Bingham Riverhouse is a Mr & Mrs Smith property but best to avoid it on weekends as it is a wedding venue. Due to that we ended in a garden view room and overlooking back of house facilities even though I had specified a river view room – with that copper bathtub! Not a happy camper but that made us get out and about to see the town. But the property is still nice and they had to make exceptions to let us sit in the lounge for breakfast. Direct access to the river, close to the Terrace Gardens and short walk to the town centre. I really located but wedding guests aplenty.

1 Comment

  1. Sara Cormack

    What a lovely visit!💗🐾🐾

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