Georgian style and comfort meet modern flourishes at Richmond Hill Hotel….
When I think of a weekend in London, it doesn’t tend to conjure rolling green parkland, relaxation and zen immediately. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if I were looking to unwind, the capital is probably the last place I would be heading to.
However, a four hour drive from Yorkshire found my pal and I in Richmond-upon-Thames, a mere 7 miles from the city, yet breathtakingly beautiful and reassuringly serene – I felt a million miles away from London. However if you do fancy a trip to ‘The Smoke’ a short 30 minute journey on the district underground will take you into London Victoria or via National Rail you can reach London Waterloo in around 15 mins.
Richmond Hill House is a gorgeous 18th century Georgian townhouse enjoying a stunning location a short hop from the sprawling Richmond Park where you can explore 2,500 acres of parkland complete with roaming deer – anybody remember the YouTube sensation Fenton the dog?
Thankfully no sign of any dog shaped disruption on our visit and as we checked in to our superb abode for the weekend, I was feeling rather relieved at the lack of mayhem.
Georgian charm is showcased beautifully and combined perfectly with modern elegance in this sophisticated hotel. There are two styles of room/suite at this hotel (although no two rooms are the same) The Hill Collection rooms appear more contemporary whilst Georgian Collection draws more on the history and heritage of the building.
A Georgian colour palate has been used throughout and Richmond designer, blacksmith Joshua de Lisle has created bespoke detailing. These gorgeous bedrooms feature hand stitched Heal’s beds and individually commissioned furniture, spacious walk in showers, underfloor heating, and antique phones and clocks. In some rooms, these features are also complimented by king sized beds, deep free standing baths (we loved our roll top feature bath) and Nespresso coffee machines.
Dining at Richmond Hill Hotel is a most pleasurable affair. The restaurant – 144 On The Hill – is the jewel in the hotel’s crown in my opinion. Richly saturated gem hues create a warm ambience in which to enjoy the ‘Turf to Table’ menus made with the finest seasonal ingredients.
All dishes are prepared from scratch and feature a number of British classics and sharing plates that give a nod to the local area, including delicious vegan and vegetarian options including the Heritage Carrots starter with Feta cheese and Richmond honey dressing – an imaginative dish that really ticked all my boxes! Across the table my pal was digging in to the Scotch Egg made with Old Spot pork, spiced with paprika, onion and apple ketchup. I consider this particular friend an expert in the field of Scotch eggs, I didn’t think it was possible she could discover a better one than Tebay Services (they are pretty special) but alas, this blew it out of the water with its perfectly soft yolk and meaty casing.
The main courses were just as impressive with the Salt Marsh Lamb Rump going down a treat with my guest and the Baked Colchester Beets being my stand out dish – the ricotta dumplings were belting and dowsed in a walnut and sesame dressing which cut through the rich cheese perfectly. We opted for a sharing cheeseboard to finish off out meal. Thankfully my guest is also a fan of Stinking Bishop which I am not – I got stuck in to the less ‘intense’ offerings….lol.
We finished off our evening relaxing with a couple of cocktails in the lounge – I can definitely recommend this hotel for a fabulous – peaceful stay, with the added bonus of terrific food, attractive accommodation, superb service and ideal location if you fancied taking in the famous landmarks of London.
The Richmond Hill Hotel is a superb destination hotel with all the finesse of the big hitters yet the personal touches of an independent. Ticks all the boxes, get your weekender booked, tell them I sent you.
144-150 Richmond Hill Hotel, Surrey TW10 6RW
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8940 2247 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org