Travel Report: Richard’s Kitchen, London.
Richard’s Kitchen, Tooting Bec, London.
May 2019. It was a sleepy afternoon in Tooting Bec and Henry and I were in the mood for a Sunday Roast. In fact, I hadn’t had an English roast in over two years! As good as the food is in China, they’re not so shit hot when it comes to Yorkshire pudding.
I had assumed we would hit one of the local pubs. Perhaps The Rose and Crown, or maybe The Wheatsheaf. But then Henry hit me with a curveball. “Richard’s Kitchen does a good Sunday roast” he said, tapping away on his MacBook. “It’s a tiny place, but the food’s decent”. In all my time in Tooting Bec I’d only really been half aware of Richard’s Kitchen, an eatery I’d passed countless times walking up and down Tooting Bec Road.
I certainly had no idea that this was one of the neighbourhood’s best Sunday roast spots. It took us just four minutes to get there from Henry’s house on Elmbourne Road. It was early afternoon and happily (for us at least) we found the place empty. Having our pick of the tables, we settled down and the breezy waitress strode over with a pair of menus.
According to their website, Richard’s Kitchen specialises in classic British dishes with modern, global twists. Moreover, there is a firm focus on the freshest local ingredients, while Richard goes to great lengths to ensure the menu is ever changing.
Richard’s Kitchen, London.
Before leaving, we had a quick chat with Richard in order to pass our compliments on to the chef. When I asked if I could take his photo for this blog article, he kindly agreed. But only if I made it a group shot of the team. Seemed like a fair trade.
When in Tooting Bec… do go and treat yourself at Richard’s Kitchen. The food is great, competitively priced and there’s a laid-back, intimate feel to the joint. For more info and the full lowdown on his latest dishes, head for the website.
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Nice report. Hope Richard’s Kitchen has survived the lockdown.
Happily he seems to have! Thanks for reading.
I shall pass this onto my sister who doesn’t live too far away.
Thanks Sheree, let me know if she ever ends up going and what she thinks.
Ooh Leighton I’m an enormous fan of Sunday roasts and both your roast beef and Henry’s belly pork look top notch. What a great find! Enjoy your weekend. Marion
Thanks Marion, glad you liked the looks of Richard’s Kitchen. I do miss a Sunday a roast!
We were in London on several Sundays but never tried the Sunday roast. Looks like next time we will have to give it a go. Richard’s Kitchen looks like the place of someone who cares about the food he serves. Thanks for sharing. Allan
Thanks for reading Allan! Haven’t had a Sunday roast in nearly two years. Definitely got some cravings while doing this article.
You had me at the word Kitchen. My kind of place. And your food photography is mouth watering. I know what I want for my main meal today and what I won’t get. I’m so jealous.
Well Memo, that makes two of us, as I’m also jealous of 2019 Leighton. Hopefully 2022 Leighton will make it up for it with multiple roast dinners.
Oh now you’ve blown it. Seven weeks into this trip and I wasn’t missing a single thing about home. Now you’ve hit me with pictures of roast beef and Yorkshire. Blimey that souvlaki is going to have to be blinding tonight now.
Ha ha ha. Thanks for reading guys!
Mmm! Looks delicious😋. Your description of Richard is perfect. I must stop reading these posts when I’m hungry. Now I’m off to my own kitchen for a snack. Cheers!
Ha ha. What was your snack of choice?
It was sort of along the same lines – grilled hamburger, spinach and fries, I mean chips!. 😄
Sunday roast is a something that I’ve yet to try. Even though I’m not British, I know it’s such a huge, cultural thing! And the idea of greasy, fatty, and comforting food sounds absolutely delightful. Richard’s Kitchen looks to be an affordable establishment, and I’ll have to check it out someday!
Sunday roasts are usually the domain of pubs, or mum’s kitchen at home. Richard’s Kitchen succeeds in creating that homey feel, along with a higher quality roast than you’d get in most watering holes. Hope you get to sample a British roast dinner one of these years!
I love Sunday roasts … in fact, we’ve just enjoyed one (prepared by my husband). But to find such a little gem as Richard’s kitchen, must be great! If I have not eaten yet, I would have drooled all over my laptop’s screen!!
Ah what a coincidence that you’ve just Sunday Roasted yourselves. Tell me, what does a Sunday Roast look like in your house?
Well, it’s a full plate to start with! Roasted leg of lamb, roasted potatoes (and it must be roasted in duck fat), sweet pumpkin fritters, yellow rice with raisins and a nice and crisp salad (to remind us there must be something healthy on your plate 😉). And for dessert – any baked pudding (today was Malva pudding). Wikipedia described it as: A sweet pudding, contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelised texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it’s hot.
There you go … I’m not eating till, well tomorrow 😅.
Another place I want to become friends with the owner and spend all day eating the delicious food. How sweet that the children’s artwork is adorning the wall! You know youve made it as a chef when an age group notorious for being selective eaters love your cooking and draw a picture of you. 🙂
Ha ha right? The kids always know what’s up. Thanks for joining Henry and I for dinner at Richard’s Kitchen!
The Sunday roast sounds like a British tradition. I’m not a meat-and-potatoes person, but your description of Richard is so endearing it sounds like a warm and welcoming place.
I certainly couldn’t do a Sunday roast weekly, or even monthly like many people in England do. Nor would it get anywhere close to, say, my top ten dishes. But boy do I enjoy the few roasts I have every 2-3 years when I return home.
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