‘You’ll love it there!’ my friend text me as I made my way to the Bingham in Richmond for the first time.
I was informed that this hotel and restaurant – set within two Georgian townhouses – had been here for a number of years but I hardly ever trek too far west as I live firmly east.
However, this is a somewhere I’d be sure to make the effort to return to.
I was venturing to the riverside venue to test out its new monthly supper club which is set to launch soon.
On walking into the place, I was bowled over by its refined yet cosy atmosphere. The gentle rattle of a cocktail shaker sounded while twinkling lights cast a toasty glow.
French doors look out on to a patio area by the water, although the night I visited the Bingham a cold snap kept me snugly indoors.
A smiley waiter came over at took my drink order. A dirty martini with vodka swiftly returned, superbly made, with a balanced salty clean taste.
After indulging in a few handfuls of pepper-dusted popcorn we were shown through to the dining area. It was a Tuesday night and the place had a nice buzz.
There were two birthday celebrations snazzing things up, with a group in one room and a celebratory couple in another.
There were ten of us in total trying the Bingham’s new supper club, all pretty much strangers.
But as the wine started to flow, we got chatting and everything settled ready for service to get underway.
The Bingham’s head chef, Andrew Cole, had devised an eight-course menu for the evening, with ingredients ranging from seared scallops to spiced honey granita.
First up was some freshly-baked soda bread, followed by a perfectly portioned cup of cauliflower and cheese.
Things went a little quiet as everyone snaffled up the creamy dish. After dinner many agreed this had been their favourite creation.
After our amuse-bouche, the courses continued to flow. Next up scallops, followed by cod, then by trumpet mushroom risotto, ringing in the piece of resistance; beef rump with ox tail and an oyster on top.
The three ingredients made for a fun medley, and the perfect thing to warm us all up on a chilly evening.
Before the sweet courses were served a rustic slice of cheese on toast and caramelized apple was put before us.
Luckily that day I’d had a light lunch and also managed to make it to the gym, so I was faring fairly well by the sixth course.
To top things off, the waiters came out with granny smith apple and spiced honey granita. The cherry on top was a neat, pink dollop of frozen yogurt with rhubarb and graham cracker providing a bitter-sweet twist.
Over the eight courses, along with devouring a delectable spread of food, I’d also indulged in a fun mix of conversation with fellow diners.
I’m told the Bingham’s supper club will soon be running on a monthly basis.
But I’d encourage you to check this place out regardless.
Its riverside setting, smart interior design, quaffable cocktails and delicately-presented dishes make for a very appetising ride indeed.
The Bingham is located at 61-63 Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UT, about a 10 minute walk from Richmond tube.
To book dinner or a room visit www.thebingham.co.uk or call 020 8940 0902.