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20 April 2014
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The River Café two stars

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA

£71.00 Italian Hammersmith

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  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £66.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12.30-2.15pm (Sat -2.30pm) Mon-Sat 7-9pm (Fri-Sat -9.15pm) Sun 12N-3.00pm

Square Meal Review of The River Café ?

Few Michelin-starred restaurants can effortlessly create intimacy in such a cavernous space, or accommodate young children with the same aplomb as famous faces – but that's why this world-famous Italian by the river is so successful. It can sometimes feel like a ‘very expensive canteen' (‘they know how to charge here'), but consistently packed houses tell their own story. The River Café's mantra is fastidious seasonal sourcing and ‘rustically styled' food, underpinned by forthright cooking. ‘Spot-on' handmade pasta is always a hit (perhaps spaghetti with Cornish crab, monk's beard and fennel seeds, or tagliarini with nettles and pecorino), and wood-roasted specialities also deliver ‘fresh, fabulous flavours' (Anjou pigeon with char-grilled polenta, broad beans and garden leaves, say). To finish, try pannacotta with grappa and raspberries rather than the much-vaunted chocolate nemesis. ‘Attentive, polite and knowledgeable' staff add to the cosmopolitan buzz, and the all-Italian wine list is one of London's best – a treasure trove of glorious regional gems.

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  1. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    El Jay Dee

    This restaurant should not be in business

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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  2. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Alex B.

    Is this really Michelin Star dining?

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 3

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  3. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Sippora V.

    Just not that great

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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 4

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  4. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    London Gourmet
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  5. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Jeremy R.
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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 3

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  6. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Caroline D.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  7. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Umberto S.
        (8)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 4

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  8. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Adam D.
        (7)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  9. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Theodore L.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  10. The River Café

    Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
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    Sian B.
        (9)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 16th 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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  2. 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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  3. Published : Thursday, 22nd 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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Ruth Rogers

When Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers opened their iconic Hammersmith restaurant in 1987 they could never have imagined what impact it would have on the London restaurant scene. Their simple, meticulously sourced Italian cuisine was a forerunner of the return to simplicity that has marked culinary trends in recent years, while the open-plan layout of the kitchen was a design first for the capital. Furthermore, in training & inspiring Jamie Oliver they helped foster one of the most influential figures in British food of the past two decades. Gray and Rogers also co-authored a string of bestselling books, most notably The River Café Cook Book – and its subsequent spin-offs. Rose Gray’s tragic death in February 2010 shocked the restaurant world, but her legacy lives on.

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