Food is unashamedly one of our very favourite things at Craven House and we know many of our guests are accomplished foodies too! We’re always trying out new hot-spots around East Molesey, Hampton Court, Kingston, Teddington, Richmond and beyond to find the best of the best to recommend to you, whether that’s one of Hampton Court’s many pubs or a Japanese fusion resto. Our list of favourites is constantly changing as new places pop up and old menus are refreshed, so here is the latest version of our favourite pubs and restaurants within reach of Craven House.
Whether you’re after fish and chips or a gourmet three course spread, The Six at The King’s Arms is one of our top choices when it comes to Hampton Court pubs. A stone’s throw from the palace itself, the menus are extensive and varied and they have a great children’s menu too. And that’s not all, there are different dining locations to choose from – will it be the tables decked in their best white linen finery in the restaurant, a spot at the bar, near the roaring fire in the Lounge or soaking up the sun on the roof terrace?
Lass O’Richmond Hill
One for the dog lovers and rugby fans, the Lass O’Richmond Hill is home to a splendid Sunday roast and live sport. Four legged friends are very welcome and it’s just the spot to pull up a chair and indulge in some seasonally splendid dishes after a brisk trot with your dogs through Richmond Park. They also have a selection of board games and are known for being welcoming to young families.
The Park, Teddington
Known for their seasonal menu, The Park is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. With food described as ‘hearty, indulgent and quintessentially English’ is there really any where else you’d rather be on a frosty day? They’re also pup-friendly and have a children’s menu to boot.
A firm and forever favourite, The Mitre offers a number of different dining options – The Coppernose, The Boathouse, 1665 Riverside Brasserie and the King’s Ginger Winter Terrace. It’s also the spot for afternoon tea or if you fancy something a little different when the weather warms up, they also make luxury picnic hampers. Alongside their food and drink offerings they often host events so take a look here to see what’s on over the next few months.
Another beloved Hampton Court pub, the Prince of Wales sits on the buzzy highstreet amongst the little boutiques and eateries. Offering a menu filled with traditional (yet truly delicious) pub food, they are also a pet-friendly establishment so feel free to take your furry friends along too. But that’s not all, they also offer colouring books and crayons as well as a children’s menu to cater for the littles members of your crew.
If you fancy exploring more of the local area then the Anglers in Teddington is a good destination to aim for. From Craven House you can wander up through Bushy Park until you get into Teddington. The river curves round and you’ll find yourself on the edge of Teddington Locke. Recently redecorated, The Anglers boasts a riverside garden for sunny days and a regular pub quiz night for a little bit of healthy competition.
Here’s something a little bit different – a smokeless Japanese grill. Aside from the exotic menu choices, the meal is a whole different experience because you’ll grill your own meat at your table. It’s just a short walk from Craven House, across the river.
The Orangery Tea House, Garson’s Farm
Famed for their ‘Pick Your Own’ fields through the summer months, Garson’s Farm also boasts a fabulous farm shop and relaxed restaurant with seasonal menus. It’s also opposite Esher Forest which is dotted with teepees and wigwams made of branches and gravel paths for a kid-friendly stroll, and a duck pond filled with very friendly ducks always on the lookout for a handful of duck food.
Celebrating a big occasion? Or perhaps you’re just looking for an extra special meal out? Look no further than The Ivy Brasserie in Cobham. Known for their decadent decor, this branch of The Ivy is nestled away just off the high street in pretty Cobham. It’s a short drive from Craven House and worth every minute it takes to get there.
The Victoria, Oxshott
A little bit further afield, but well worth the drive, you’ll find the newly refurbished Victoria pub in leafy Oxshott. Their Sunday menu is one to write home about, and their children’s menu offers ‘Classic’ options and ‘Adventurer’ options for little taste buds brave enough to try something different. This is not a ‘re-friend beige food’ kind of pub, this is a cosy dining experience you’ll want to savour.
Right amongst the shops on Teddington’s pretty high street is the King’s Head pub. Boasting a hidden courtyard garden and a cosy feel, this is a lovely spot for a tasty meal.
A Richmond new-comer, Scott’s is a window into old world glamour and opulence. They offer an a la carté, vegetarian and set menu, with their speciality being seafood and champagne. Settle down in their magnificent indoor dining space, or enjoy their al fresco terrace. We recommend you book ahead though – this is a popular one!
On that note if you need any assistance with reservations or the like please do let me know, I’m always happy to help where I can.
We look forward to welcoming you to Craven House and sharing some of our favourite restaurants and pubs in and around Hampton Court.
Until then, all the best,