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6 Church Walk
A one-time municipal tearoom tacked on to a church hall is the unlikely setting for this creditable neighbourhood bistro. La Buvette has no problem attracting punters, despite a lack of passing
trade. Richmond locals come for a regularly changing menu peppered with workmanlike renditions of the bourgeois classics – chicken boudin blanc, grilled mackerel with ratatouille, signature onglet
steak, & desserts such as chocolate fondant & crème brûlée. The food is perfectly acceptable, if predictable, & there’s an exclusively French wine list to accompany it. However, a meal
is lifted from the mundane by capable staff who are prepared to smile: which is just the way most regulars like it. Clever menu structures mean there’s always a deal to be had, making this a good
option for budget-conscious diners, too.
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6 Church Walk
020 8940 6264
Richmond Station 708m
Richmond Tube Station 708m
Richmond Theatre 203m
Odeon Cinema Richmond 230m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-10pm
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Food + drink: 4
Scores tell it all. More suited to couples, very intimate, fantastic food and you'll be pleasantly surprised when you get the bill!
I have visited Richmond a number of times and on my last visit came accross this wonderful small bistro. i arrived for an early dinner before going to the ballet at Richmond theatre. what a super treat. There were a handfull of other tables who had picked up on the same idea, but when we left at around 7.20 they were nearly full. Great value food, simply executed and presented. I had what I assume were their signature dishes: fish soup with an intense flavour; onglet steak and chips – that wonderfull French cut served rare and then a creme brulee. My friend ate from their menu which is totally prix fixe and enjoyed a goats cheese salad followed by simply grilled cod fillet with butter beans and chorizo sausage. We stuck to the house wine which was fine for £14 per bottle. service was discreet and friendly and the atmosphere wonderfully buzzy. It prooved a bit of a rush getting 3 courses in, in an hour and a quarter but will return and allow myself more time next time.
This is a restaurant that has managed to get it just right. An ideal setting in the centre of Richmond but tucked away in a quiet spot opposite a church. (As it was a fine day I ate in the attractive courtyard, so I can't describe the restaurant itself.) Food that is simple bistro fare, but beautifully cooked, and an excellent value set price menu at £12,75 for two courses or £14,50 for three. Just a word of warning however – the set price menu shows only the items which attract a supplement, so the fish soup and onglet steak with salad and chips, which I assumed to be included, were shown as extras on the bill.
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