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61-63 Petersham Road
With its stamped silver ceiling and picture windows overlooking serene gardens and the majestic Thames beyond, the bar at the boutique Bingham hotel is one of the loveliest for miles around – but there are plenty of reasons to eat in the pretty gold-hued restaurant too. At lunchtime, the dining room bustles with punters taking advantage of demon fixed-price deals, while dinner is more of a special-occasion affair. Expect grand ingredients sculpted into “elegant” modern Anglo-European dishes – from scallop ceviche with lime and chilli salsa to Black Angus rump with smoked aubergine, girolles and beer-pickled onions or turbot with sauce vierge, Alsace bacon and summer peas. The “fabulous” wine list includes plenty of oddities, which the sommelier is always keen to share with his customers. It’s a tad expensive, but “great service and great staff” ensure that The Bingham “never disappoints”.
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61-63 Petersham Road
Richmond Station 1km
Richmond Tube Station 1km
Odeon Cinema Richmond 575m
Mon-Sun 7am-2.30pm (Sat-Sun 8am- ) 7-10pm (Fri-Sat 6.30pm- )
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Food + drink: 4
The food was exquisite. The market lunch menu was great value for money. I loved those permasam custard amuse-bouche – that's what seperates men from boys. The service was excellent and very friendly. Even on a rainy day the views of the river was quite refreshing.
Staff here must be programmed to please. A heart-warming experience was had from the time I picked up the phone to reserve a table until the time we had lunched and were last to leave at 4.30p.m. I don’t know how to begin to describe the quirky décor of the dining area. To me it appeared that two or more people with contrasting styles compromised on the design – but not elsewhere. However, the ambience and service could not be bettered. Had the food not been so good, then we would still have relaxed and enjoyed the comfort of the room and the generosity of service. A very busy Wednesday lunch spoke volumes. If you don’t like detail, then give this place a miss because the food is intricate both in terms flavour and appearance. Oodles of style and substance is delivered from sweetbreads with candied walnuts to delicately spiced seafood. Having enjoyed starter so much I felt quite confident that my main would deliver – lamb is an unusual choice for me and even more so for the fact that it was billed as ‘Breast of lamb’ given that I have a big aversion to lamb fat, but it was the ‘crispy’ description that gave me the courage to go for it. Lamb done 3 ways (small canon slice included) was divine. Our Portuguese wine choice from a reasonable spectrum of internationals was another bonus. Desserts and petit-fours impressed too……what more need I say?
Our first visit to the Bingham since it has received its much lauded Michelin Star was all we could have expected, and more. We'd been for dinner several months ago and had really enjoyed our meal.
Today it was lunch, and with a perfect table overlooking the river, on a beautiful day, we couldn't have asked for more.
The menu was annoyingly hard to choose from – particularly for me as I'm not keen on seafood and mushrooms, both of which were heavily featured. The set lunch looked fabulous, and I wavered, but eventually chose a Heritage Beetroot Salad with a Vacherin mousse, and to follow, Salt Marsh breast of lamb. My extremely unfussy husband went for the roast foie gras, followed by the roast halibut.
The presentation, as you'd expect, was excellent: small, beautifully formed portions were a joy to look at and a delight to eat. The combination of the soft vacherin and the sharp, earthy beetroot was delicious.The dish also offered an interesting mix of textures – crunchy beetroot crisps and soft, roasted beetroot as well as the velvety mousse.
My husband loved his foie gras (but it makes me feel a bit odd so I can't comment on how it tasted!).
Even the bread was fabulous, and my requested olive oil was brought willingly. The olive oil was superb – grassy, fresh and bursting with flavour.
Main courses were also delicious: the breast of lamb crumbed and fried – a most unusual treatment of lamb, but it sat on two more obvious pieces of lovely, pink, flavoursome lamb. The excellent mash that came in the cutest, tiniest little copper pan ever was a lovely touch.
M's halibut was yummy too – I avoided the mushrooms and just tasted the fish – he thought it perfect, I thought it perhaps had been cooked a little too much. Whoever was right, it was a delicious dish.
Puddings were good – I chose the chocolate tart (to be honest I didn't fancy anything else at all, not like me to be stumped for puddings) and the kitchen happily swapped the passionfruit mousse (can't abide passionfruit) for a really nice rhubarb one (how did they do it so quickly?). It was a powerhouse of chocolate flavour but very rich.
M's honeycomb rice pudding was nothing like we had imagined and all the better for it. Delicious, and I was indeed jealous.
The food was everything we could have wished for.
Only our wine was disappointing – we ordered the Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, and it was the most UN Hawkes Bay Chardonnay I've ever had (believe me, I've had a few, I'm a Kiwi!) rather “thin” and not nearly as big and buttery as it should have been. We drank it anyway, without complaint, as it was our poor choice. After a glass or two it started to taste a bit better, and certainly wasn't the worst wine I've ever had, but it has to be said it didn't give the same level of WOW as the food.
Go to the Bingham, it's fab. It's also surprisingly good value for the quality of the food – the set lunch being particularly sharply priced. Enjoy. Just don't order the HB Chardonnay!
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