When you need to escape London but don’t want to stray too far from the tube line then Richmond is your answer. You’ve got the deer, the rolling parkland, the Thames which has meandered into a calmer version of its city counterpart and soon it’ll have The Ivy Café, Richmond.
Yes, The Ivy Collection is growing again and this time they’ve found a spot on Hill Street which they will fill with a restaurant, bar and the Isabella private dining room, named after Richmond Park’s Isabella Plantation. Making up 140-covers, the restaurant will be open seven days a week and will be serving everything from breakfast right through to dinner, with all the meals in between you’ll be glad to hear. Dishes include tuna carpaccio with crushed avocado, jalapeno, coriander and lime dressing with shaved radish and the classic chicken Milanese with fried hen’s egg and black truffle. Executive Bar Manager, Jeremy Evans, had been experimenting with cocktails to create twists on classics like the Richmond Park Royale made from Kir royale with Briottet rose liqueur, Sipsmith sloe gin and hibiscus topped with Champagne. We’ve also got our eye on the Riverside Collins which brings together Wyborowa vodka, elderflower cordial, cucumber, apple and lime topped with Aspall cider – just think how good that is going to taste on a warm summer’s day.
Critically-acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio will be overseeing the quintessentially British look of the café. Adam Ellis is creating bespoke artwork to go with bold colours inspired by Richmond’s natural landscape. There’ll also be the signature Arancia Onyx bar, pendant lighting, touches of bronze, marble floor tiles and burnt orange leather banquette stools and bars.
It’s going to be a welcome addition to Richmond and our new place for post-park walk cocktails, because they are a thing.
The Ivy Café, Richmond: Opens 19th April, 9-11 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 1SX, www.theivycaferichmond.com