It was once The Richmond Arms pub, it’s also been a rather strongly themed Egyptian restaurant, but now the venue on the Dalston, Haggerston and London Fields intersection is reopening as The Richmond next month.
Owners Margaret Crow and Brett Redman have been working on it for over a year to transform it into an inviting neighbourhood restaurant, definitely less of the Egyptian look going on, thankfully. If you recognise Brett’s name it’s because he is the chef and restaurateur behind the three time Michelin Bib Goumand winning venture, Elliot’s in Borough Market – so he knows a thing or two about what makes a good restaurant. Designed by Adam Bray; modern, uplifting colours, marble-topped bars and amber lighting will sit along the original features of the restaurant to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The menu focuses around snacks, comfort food but also most excitingly East London’s first raw bar. Yup the raw movement is headed East, diners will find a revolving selection of oysters, clams, tartars and carpaccio with dishes including Shetland mussel salad with diced razor clams and horseradish and scallops ceviched in Sicilian citrus with basil. Come Sunday and it will all be about the big old family style roast lunches served all day – so no matter if your hangover gets the better of you in the morning.
If you’re stopping by for a drink then alongside a selection of natural and raw wines you’ll also find Negronis on tap – which we have a feeling are going to prove dangerous on a Friday night!