The River Café

Within paddling distance of the Thames, Ruth Rogers has been shaking up London gastronomy with fresh pasta and whole fish in her smart-casual, totally iconic restaurant, co-founded with the late Rose Gray 30 years ago.

We went in for a lengthy lunch: bass carpaccio, tomato and oregano as an antipasto; followed by ricotta ravioli with garden herbs, lemon zest, butter marjoram and Pecorino; then from the fuschia-pink wood oven comes the secondo (whole Anjou pigeon with Tuscan roast potatoes). Add some beautiful Italian wines and a Grappa and raspberry panna cotta, and it’s la dolce vita (more for a special occasion, but still la dolce vita).

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Last update: 27/03/2019

THE SPOTS TO KNOW

Private room (18)
Terrace by the river

BYOB

£40 corkage fee

WHEN TO GO

Summer lunch

Antipasti: £20-30
Primi: £19-20
Secondi: £37-42
Desserts: £8-23
Wine: glass from £8, bottle from £33

Monday-Thursday 12.30-3pm and 7-11pm
Friday-Saturday 12.30-2.15pm and 7-11.20pm
Sunday 12-2.30pm

Reservation
Essential

Thames Wharf Rainville Road
London W6 9HA

+44 (0)20 7386 4200

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