Places can bear special meaning to people that have memories imprinted into them. The stretch of the Thames by Richmond bridge is one such place for my family, and those of many around our area. As such, The Slug and Lettuce was always going to be a special pub for me. The location is absolutely beautiful, the drinks are very reasonably priced, and the service is above and beyond that of most pubs in the price range. The staff serve in a timely manner, are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about their menu, and you’ll never be sat waiting on your order for long.
The Small Plates they offer provide a tapas style eating experience which pairs perfectly with a catch up by the river with old friends and new over a few drinks. Of particular note where the Steamed Pork Buns, always going to be amazing, and the Salt and Pepper Shrimp Bombs. The drinks are an absolute bargain; unlike most cocktail places, they are substantial, and every hour is happy hour, saving precious pennies without sacrificing quality.
The main food is well cooked basic pub food, nothing absolutely amazing, but with enough taste to distract the family over a Sunday Lunch, and to leave everyone satisfied, but it’s certainly not the main draw of this delightful pub. It must be said though, they are refurbishing their menu, and it’s shaping up to be a delight. The main attraction is the stunning riverside views, particularly excellent for the summer. I recommend a Piña colada, or two, sat out in the outdoor seating area overlooking the river, and some small Tapas Plates to nibble on with your friends, perfect to give you the feeling of being in the tropics without moving off the Thames.
The Slug and Lettuce formed many happy memories from my upbringing and I’m glad to see that more memories can be forged there, more babies will be pushed by in prams, or toddlers tugged on a mother’s arm, wondering, “Now they look like they’re having fun, can we go there mummy?”