Good Hotel Guide Review
Bang on the banks of the Thames between Richmond and Petersham, this former Georgian mansion turned ‘classic English hotel with a modern twist’ sits in a riverside garden and terrace. It has an interesting literary past. It was here that aunt and niece lovers Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper entertained the likes of Robert Browning, and wrote under the pseudonym of Michael Field. The next chapter is being written by mother and daughter duo Ruth and Samantha Trinder, with a nod to the past: each bedroom is named after a work by Field. The most sought-after have a river view, but a street-facing double had ‘a powerful walk-in marble shower and a lovely, deep copper bath with LA-EVA products in glass bottles’, reported Guide inspectors. Staff were ‘affable, chatty and warm’. You can take drinks in the drawing room, and dine in the parlour or library. Steven Edwards of Hove’s Etch restaurant is now overseeing the kitchen, with the focus on British food, in such dishes as guineafowl with cauliflower cheese and nasturtium. ‘A veggie breakfast of delicious smashed avocado, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes was provided on request.’
61–63 Petersham Road
020 8940 0902
all year, restaurant closed Sun evening from 5.30 pm.
3 drawing room/bar/restaurant rooms, function room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, ½-acre garden, complimentary use of nearby wellness centre, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed with prior permission in some bedrooms (charges apply) and public areas.
per room B&B £211–£364. À la carte £50. Check hotel’s website for latest offers/prices.