Richmond is the ideal location for anyone who enjoys eating out, with dozens of options in the town centre and along the riverside. Some of the most highly regarded are Matsuba for exquisite Korean food; Petersham Nurseries Cafe, serving refined food in charming rustic surroundings; and The Bingham, a smart restaurant in a Georgian townhouse hotel overlooking the Thames. At the Petersham Hotel Restaurant, award winning cuisine or traditional afternoon tea can be enjoyed overlooking the river.

The best in French and Italian dining can be found in Al Bocco Di’vino is Non Solo Vino, Restaurant 109, Chez Lindsay and La Buvette. Richmond also has some excellent pubs, many of which have dining rooms attached or the added advantage of a riverside location. One Paradise Road is a popular wine bar, and if cocktails are to your taste, you can order an expertly-made concoction at Coco’s or SoBar.

Finally, two unusual eating places are worthy of mention. William Curley is a temple to extravagant chocolate and patisserie; while anyone in search of seriously good ice cream heads for Gelateria Danieli on Richmond Green.