A Gilded Tale at Scott’s Richmond Riverside

This winter, the striking riverside restaurant, Scott’s Richmond will be bringing a touch of magic to the neighbourhood jaunt in partnership with Champagne House, Perrier-Jouët. From Saturday, 11 November, until Sunday, 31 December, the latest campaign, ‘A Gilded Tale’, features an eye-capturing external installation, Perrier-Jouët, Plymouth Gin and Chivas cocktails and new seasonal winter dishes to be enjoyed into the new year.

The restaurant façade is embellished with twinkling bright lights and two Christmas trees decorated with gilded goldfish, golden beads and festive baubles. Once inside, guests will be transported into a ‘glittering, gilded wonderland’, with a mesmerising school of goldfish – emblems of prosperity and fortune – which will ‘magically swim’ across the iconic terrace, offering guests and passers-by a magnificent photo opportunity against the backdrop of the iconic Richmond restaurant.

There’s a special menu alongside Perrier-Jouët cuvees, offering some of Scott’s Richmond’s best-loved dishes paired with selected pours. Diners can choose from a selection of premium oysters, such as Jersey Rocks (ENG) six £22.50 and Rossmore Native (IRL) six £36.00 paired with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut N.V. (£26 per glass or £150.00 per bottle). Guests can also choose to experience a range of shellfish such as Richmond plateau de fruits de mer (£34.00 per person) served with oysters, Atlantic prawns, mussels, clams, ceviche and whelks or the Roasted Shellfish Platter for two (£100.00) served with lobster, scallop, tiger prawns with garlic butter, paired with the  anemone adorned Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2014 (£59.00 per glass or for a real blow out £350.00 per bottle).

There are also limited-edition cocktails created in partnership with Plymouth Gin and Chivas. Highlights include Christmas Buck (£12.50) served with Chivas 15, Chivas 12, ginger and cinnamon syrup, lemon and ginger beer or sip on a festive Frosty Sour (£12.50) concocted from Plymouth Standard Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Apricot brandy, lemon, Peychaud’s Bitters and miraculous foamer, it’s a highly festive tipple.

There’s an updated winter menu including seasonal favourites such as Goan Spiced Grilled Tiger Prawns (£16.50) served with coconut, coriander and lime, Mixed Beetroot (£15.75) with truffled goat’s cheese puffed buckwheat and endive.

There’s also a set menu available from Monday to Friday (12pm – 6.30pm) at £26.50 for two courses, or £31.50 for three.

Côte – A Taste of France in Kingston

Côte restaurant in Kingston has reopened after a major refurbishment creating an environment to bring people together to enjoy the delights of French cuisineweb__002__cote-brasserie-kingston

The restaurant was closed while the work was completed and re-opened last Monday (Nov 20) with a VIP champagne rendezvous to celebrate the new look.

The refurbishment was driven by Côte’s commitment continually to enhance shared experiences , and the redesign has created a space with warmth and elegance and also more comfort.

The revamped layout provides extra space around your table and more room to mingle. Côte also has new, warm lights, plants, mirrors, a new bar and a cheese counter filled with thirteen of France’s most famous fromages.

web__005__cote-brasserie-kingstonCôte is situated in Kingston-upon-Thames’ Riverside Walk and boasts panoramic views of the river and Kingston Bridge and is ideal all year round, whether dining in one of the best alfresco dining spots in Surrey (blankets are provided!), or seated inside.

Côte’s core belief is quality food, freshly prepared seasonal ingredients, served with respect and enjoyed in relaxed, stylish surroundings which has inspired the company since 2007. Now, with more than 80 Côte restaurants across the UK, the menu designed by Steve Allen, Gordon Ramsay’s former Executive Chef, has evolved to encompass the timeless French classics guests know and love, alongside new dishes that capture the excitement of contemporary French cuisine.

And there’s a special festive menu available now at this and all branches: A three course for 34.95 including duck rillettes, lobster mornay gratin with Comte cheese and turkey paupiette.

Christmas Menu at Hawthorn, Kew

From 16th November – 31st December, Hawthorn, in Station Parade, Kew, will offer an exclusive Christmas menu for lunch and dinner, with a refined, modern European touch, using the best predominantly British seasonal ingredients.  Less than a year after opening, Hawthorn has been included in the Michelin Guide and The Good Food Guide’s 100 Best Local Restaurants and also, of course, reviewed by yours truly for RiverTribe – see link here.

Guests will receive some snacks of ‘Venison & red wine salami’ and ‘Crown Prince squash mousse and crackers’ to whet their appetite, before heading into the dazzling three-course menu. They can choose from a selection of sensational starters such as ‘Tartare of Wiltshire Fallow Deer with smoked yolks, Jerusalem artichokes, bitter leaves’ or ‘Foie gras and chicken liver parfait with apricot and Sauternes jelly, toasted brioche’, before moving on to the main event.

Hawthorn is taking a different route from the usual turkey main, putting the festive focus on the components that make up the best part of a Christmas roast – the sides. These include dishes like ‘Iberico pork chop & rolled confit belly with crispy sprouts, chestnut and sage pig in blankets and a black pudding potato galette’, a ‘Roasted shallot and endive tarte tatin with Wigmore cheese fondue, hazelnut and clementine dressing, Castelfranco and winter truffle’, and ‘Fillet of aged beef rib, stuffed mushroom, Périgord truffle creamed potato, swede and carrot, spinach, red wine sauce’.

For dessert, guests can expect familiar classics such as ‘Christmas pudding, brandy foam, Guinness ice cream and pain d’epices’, and other sweet treats including ‘Cured pineapple and mango yoghurt with vanilla beignets’ and ‘Valrhona 70% chocolate soufflé with orange curd and pistachio ice cream’.

The festive menus are priced at £55pp for three courses for lunch or £75pp for dinner, and will be served for lunch Thursday – Saturday 12:00 – 14:15, Sundays 12:00 – 15:00. Dinner will be available Thursday – Friday 17:45 – 20:30, Saturday 17:45 – 21:15. The restaurant will be closed from 25th – 27thDecember inclusive.