In the shell of an unassuming pub, on the corner of Queensbridge Road, lies the most anticipated new opening; The Richmond.
Brainchild of Margaret Crow and Brett Redman; the first Raw bar in East London, The Richmond is an unpretentious watering hole, seafood haven and culinary pinnacle for the most discerning Londoners.
You can often tell when they’ve got it right – not just from what the menu says, but what the menu looks like; the small font, the graphic lines, the perfect spacing, a certain lack of greasy finger prints and formatting that look like something you would find on Pintrest.
Not rough or ready, the interiors have been mapped out elegantly by designer Adam Bray; rich panelled walls, warm amber lighting and a decadent marble topped bar prep you for the fine food and wine on offer.
Starting with the oysters, the list formed a gradient of oyster from smooth and silky right through to salty sea dogs from coasts far and wide. We opted for a couple of the Maldon Kumamoto which were small meaty morsels, but for the more gallant oyster glugger there was Menai rocks… which taste remarkably like the seas of Wales where they have been reared.
The staff were very tentative and clued up and had obviously been selected just as carefully as both the items and the font on the menu.
They guided us through some starter dishes which nicely tee-ed us up for what was to come; fresh seabass tartare, oyster mayonnaise, chives & rye crackers, a light scallop carpaccio, Sicilian citrus & basil and finally little raw red prawns, new season olive oil & lemon.
The wine list read like the list of who’s who in the wholesome organic wines market, with delicate wines form around the globe including whites that were fruity enough for red or white meat and red wines which were light enough to be paired with fish.
The mains list was a hotchpotch of comfort food and fine dining; you could opt for a cheese burger and chips or lighter fish dishes such as the tender Monkfish, which came with brown crab butter on a bed of wilted gem lettuce.
Post dinner, The Richmond offer an absolutely rambunctious cheese platter, with stichelton, Munster and Mull Cheddar and rich, almost port like reds to accompany this.
With summer on the horizon this is the perfect spot to make the most their ‘oyster happy hour’; head to the terrace with a spritz in your paw and soak up the sun on the cusp of Hackneys Rivera.
361 Queensbridge Road
Monday to Friday: 5pm – midnight;
Saturdays 11am – midnight;