Before a visit to England last year I chatted to my English work pal to get a few tips on areas to stay in and one of the places she suggested was Richmond upon Thames.
A few nights later, by sheer coincidence, an episode of Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club was on tv and the lads were visiting Richmond upon Thames. It looked like a lovely spot to visit – lush and green, right by the water and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect – it was exactly what I was looking for!
After arriving in the afternoon by train and checking in to my hotel, I took a walk around town to get a feel for my home for the next few days. My first stop was Hummingbird Bakery for a decadent slice of red velvet cake. I know, it was super naughty but by golly it was worth it. (Don’t worry Ma, it wasn’t as good as yours!)
I also spent some time in Whole Foods Market which is a food lovers dream with a bakery section, fruit and veg and healthy meal options. I bought a fresh juice and a chia pudding and a few other snacks to have at the hotel.
The next morning I walked down to Richmond Bridge on the River Thames and found Tide Tables – a popular vegetarian cafe under the bridge. This was the perfect spot for a relaxing riverside breakfast.
For a daytime cocktail (that’s what holidays are for, right?) I ended up at Revolution, a trendy tri-level bar on the River Thames. What started off as a couple of drinks in the garden-themed bar turned into a late lunch and a very funny chat with a friendly waitress.
After a couple of cocktails and a veg burrito the waitress suggested I have the ‘Chocolate Fluffwich’ for dessert. It was a rich and decadent dough sandwich with chocolate and marshmallow fluff in the middle and a blueberry dipping sauce. I would have felt better if I was sharing it! Best not to think about how many calories this thing contained.
One thing I love about England is that everyone seems to take advantage of the local parks. Richmond is so very green with lots of wide open spaces to kick a ball or play cricket, walk the dog or simply sit back and have a picnic.
I also quite like that many of the park benches around the city have inscriptions for lost loved ones. What a lovely way to remember someone, in a beautiful setting that everyone enjoys spending time in.
One of the glorious things about England in the summer is that it stays light until quite late. I found a quaint little pub called The White Horse which was a nice spot for a cider. Here I had a lovely dinner of artichoke, butter bean and haloumi filo parcel with smashed potatoes and ratatouille.
During my stay I kept getting drawn back to the River Thames and was surprised to see the tide at different heights throughout the day. It’s so pretty that even the local ducks get in on the action.
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