Good Hotel Guide Review
You can paddleboard on the river, stroll to see the deer in Richmond Park, and feel a world away from central London at this smart, multifaceted Thames-side hotel. Owned by mother and daughter Ruth and Samantha Trinder, the Georgian house is home to a members’ club and fine-dining restaurants. Designer bedrooms with contemporary furnishings are named after poems and verse dramas by Michael Field, nom de plume of two Victorian poets, Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who lived here until 1914. All have climate control, and the best, such as river-view Sappho and Baudelaire, have an in-room copper bathtub. Dinner is served in the library, which is lined with Penguin classics, in the parlour, the members’ lounge/bar, in a garden ‘pod’ or on terraces. Flexible tasting menus allow you to mix and match dishes such as beetroot tartare, horseradish ice cream and coriander; hake fillet with mussels and chervil; venison saddle with parsnip and mushrooms. The more casual Riverhouse menu features dishes such as salmon and steak. Cooked breakfast items include ‘eggs Florentine cooked to perfection’.
61-63 Petersham Road
020 8940 0902
all year. Riverhouse menu all week, Steven Edwards Restaurant Tues-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun lunch.
parlour and library dining rooms, lounge/bar, function room, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, terrace, ½-acre garden, parking, nearby wellness centre, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
‘easy listening’ in bar and dining rooms.
all ages welcomed, no charge for extra bed.
allowed with prior permission in some bedrooms (no charge) and public areas.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £175, room-only doubles from £135, à la carte £47, tasting menu £55–£85.