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|Address:||Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, London TW10 7AG|
|Tel:||020 8940 5230|
|Price: £63.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-2.45pm|
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A Tuesday lunchtime visit a deux, after a long walk along the river climbing over storm-felled trees.
Hype and high expectations ringing in our ears, even though Gyngell is not in the kitchen nowadays.
Friendly greeting amidst the antique and repro French benches, dressers and artefacts; dirt floors swept and jaded tables and chairs prepared by white shirted waiting staff, we were surrounded by colourful images of Indian deities and hoping for something divine to hit our plates.
No visible Maitre 'd and sadly no tangible atmosphere or ambiance. Just 5 tables in use all afternoon.
Simple yet tasty food. Interesting cauliflower risotto; tangy with citrus overtones; over-salted pork belly, mildly bland chocolate torte.
Disappointingly small portion sizes were bulked out by home baked bread and fabulous oil and the A La Carte menu is just TOO expensive. There was no verve or flexibility for a non meat-eater on the Set Menu and £21 for a mixed vegetable dish in my wife's eyes is gastronomic suicide for a proprietor. The wine list is predominantly Italian and that too defies economic sense.
The onus seems to be on making everything on the premises absolutely premium prices yet seemingly neither the restaurant or the tearoom has the substance to warrant it. The potential is absolutely there. Make it better value and the Skye's the limit.