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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016“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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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.

Essential Details for The River Café

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Hammersmith
  • Price: £71.00
  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £66.00
  • Private Dining: 18

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