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  • Boutique dining in a beautiful boutique hotel

    Where? Bingham, 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 6UT (020 8940 0902)

    And there I was thinking Richmond was all about the park? We’ll leave the deer hunting to the green welly brigade, if it’s boutique style you’re after the Bingham is where it’s at.

    Old-fashioned name, old-fashioned style? Not at all. The townhouse which plays home to the 15-room hotel and its restaurant was named after Lady Ann Bingham who lived there in 1821. Subsequent owners have brought the décor, and the food, up to modern-day standards, while losing none of the charm of this riverside home.

    So you can dine while watching the rowers go by? Exactly. In the summer, alfresco dining is enjoyed by candlelight on the veranda, while during the winter months, the long French windows allow diners inside to watch the sunset over the Thames.

    What’s on the menu? Signature dishes include a starter of lemon sole with spiced lentils and seared scallop, and the Scottish halibut main course, served with venus clams and brown shrimp dressing. Vegetarians are also well catered for with roast garlic risotto and artichoke salad.

    And something sweet? The Bingham trifle is a grown-up version of the children’s favourite, while the hazelnut sponge with toasted meringue and apple compote is another sophisticated take on a traditional English pud.

    Sounds expensive? This is occasion dining and the prices reflect it, however, with more affordable set-menus available at lunch time, you don’t have to be a billionaire to enjoy Bingham.

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