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“Just love everything from the bruschetta to the beautifully judged food and wine list, setting and impeccable service” sums up a common thread. OK, so it’s expensive, but that has always been the case – and still the punters come. They come for Italian food that is simple, seasonal and phenomenally good. The space remains resplendent in white, with the wood-fired oven standing like an altar. There are views over the terrace and the river beyond. The supreme quality of the ingredients shines out in the likes of glistening seared scallops, fired up with chilli and mint and served with zucchini fritters, or a dazzling whole grouse roasted in the wood oven. Pasta is benchmark stuff (strozzapreti with pesto and new potatoes) while pear and almond tart, like everything here, is judged to be “perfection”.

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  1. Last night we checked out River Café on the north bank of the Thames, a London favorite for over 25 years. The food is upscale Italian and the vibe in informal and fun. We were lucky enough to sit outside and had an enjoyable and delicious meal. Before we left for the restaurant, I went online to check out their menu, as I always do, and had a few amazing-sounding things in mind that I wanted to order. As it turns out, River Café changes their menu twice a day (for lunch and dinner), so I was surprised with a different and equally amazing-sounding menu....
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  1. Published : Thursday, 22 November 2012

    Saying it straight :: River Café. Mostly marvellous.

    The property industry is not really known for being overrun with women. I’m very privileged therefore to be part of a small group who meet annually, as guests of one of that very rare breed, a female property developer.
    The lunch is always held somewhere interesting and this year I was extremely pleased to discover that we were all going to be eating in the private dining room of the River Cafe. I hadn’t even known that there was one until today. I know. Fail...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    Munch My Way :: The River Cafe, Hammersmith

    The River Café is an italian food institution founded by Rose Gray and Ruby Rogers who has trained many celebrity chef such as Jamie Oliver, Theo Randall and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage. The restaurant evolves around high quality ingredients sourced from UK and abroad and .menu changes according to the season and what produce there is to offer...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 12 November 2013

    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: THE RIVER CAFE, HAMMERSMITH

    For once I did not have my usual Monday morning dramas of "I'm so fat", "I need to try and lose a stone this week", "my diet starts today". Instead I was off for a lovely lunch at the River Cafe for my gorgeous friend Joanna's birthday. I run past the River Cafe regularly and always dream of being there having a fabulous meal so I was very pleased about it all. I have eaten there a couple of times in the past and really enjoyed it although I have to say Pascal did not rate it (as a HUGE pasta fan he was disappointed that there was not more pasta on the menu) and he did not think the food was worth the extortionate...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 12 November 2013

    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: THE RIVER CAFE, HAMMERSMITH

    For once I did not have my usual Monday morning dramas of "I'm so fat", "I need to try and lose a stone this week", "my diet starts today". Instead I was off for a lovely lunch at the River Cafe for my gorgeous friend Joanna's birthday. I run past the River Cafe regularly and always dream of being there having a fabulous meal so I was very pleased about it all. I have eaten there a couple of times in the past and really enjoyed it although I have to say Pascal did not rate it (as a HUGE pasta fan he was disappointed that there was not more pasta on the menu) and he did not think the food was worth the extortionate...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 12 November 2013

    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: THE RIVER CAFE, HAMMERSMITH

    For once I did not have my usual Monday morning dramas of "I'm so fat", "I need to try and lose a stone this week", "my diet starts today". Instead I was off for a lovely lunch at the River Cafe for my gorgeous friend Joanna's birthday. I run past the River Cafe regularly and always dream of being there having a fabulous meal so I was very pleased about it all. I have eaten there a couple of times in the past and really enjoyed it although I have to say Pascal did not rate it (as a HUGE pasta fan he was disappointed that there was not more pasta on the menu) and he did not think the food was worth the extortionate...
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Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers had no formal culinary training before she and her friend, the late Rose Gray, founded the River Café in 1987. It hasn’t proved a handicap; the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 1997 and its various multi-coloured cookbooks have sold over a million copies. Rogers came to London from the USA in 1967 to study graphic design; it was her architect husband, Richard Rogers’ Italian mother who instilled in her a love of good food.

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