Last Updated on November 6, 2021
‘MasterChef – The Professionals’ winner Steven Edwards’ Richmond restaurant
Visiting Richmond is always an absolute pleasure for me as I grew up here and love any opportunity to return. It is especially well known for its beautiful park, but it also boasts a bustling high street, a theatre and a magnificent Thames riverside location which makes it an ideal destination whatever your pursuit.
On this occasion, I was going for lunch at ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ winner Steven Edwards’s restaurant which is located at Bingham Riverhouse in the heart of Richmond by the river. Steven won the MasterChef crown in 2013 aged just 26, becoming one of the youngest ever winners of the competition, beating off some strong competition from fellow finalists Adam Handling and Scott Davies. He went on to open his Hove restaurant Etch in 2017 and took over Bingham Riverhouse in January 2020.
The restaurant has a magical setting with a stunning vista of the River Thames. On the day of our visit, it was too chilly for sitting out on their balcony terrace (a must in summertime), but instead, we sat by the window where we were also able to enjoy the view.
It was a lovely sunlit autumn day perfect for watching the boats drift down the river with an ambient 90s soul soundtrack playing in the background. Along with its superb location, this elegant restaurant oozes style, with walls painted in heritage colours of deep blue/grey and soft pale green, a wooden parquet floor, marble-topped tables and wicker chairs.
One of the two dining rooms has shelves stacked with classic penguin paperback books and turquoise leather banquettes. Currently upon the walls is a striking series of black and white portrait photographs by Julian George in celebration of black chefs as part of Black History Month.
We sipped on a glass of Drappier house champagne, dry and crisp with notes of green apple and brioche, whilst we browsed the menu and took in the lovely view at Bingham Riverhouse.
We were brought an Amuse Bouche, which I love as it’s a great way to awaken the palate. These cute little savoury treats were a delight, mini doughnuts with a soft mushroom duxelles interior, perched on a cream cheese base and some crunchy little Parmesan crisps topped with fluffy Parmesan cream and shavings.
The Marmite brioche bread glazed rolls tasted as fabulous as they looked, heavenly light with subtle umami and salty notes, served with delicious whipped seaweed butter.
Starters were artfully presented. I’m a bit of a beetroot fan and my beetroot tartare was divine…a colourful plate of contrasting flavours, with the acidity of the pickled beetroot, the sweetness of the blackberry and a mild bite from horseradish cream making it a perfect autumnal dish.
My companion’s Dorset crab mayo on toasted sourdough was beautifully seasoned with citrus from the yuzu, sea herbs and a crunch of unripe papaya for textural contrast. These were paired with Villa Rossi Rubicone Trebbiano, crisp and floral.
To follow on, for me a faultlessly cooked tender lamb rump with crispy new roasted potatoes, a frothy Jerusalem artichoke cream, a touch of mint and a rich jus.
My companion enjoyed a beautifully butter-roasted sliver of turbot that came in an elegant champagne and caviar sauce with softened leeks and an added crunch of toasted sourdough. It was well-paired with Curatolo Arini, Gagliardetta, Zibibbo 2019, a robust white wine full of tropical fruit flavours.
Finally, for dessert, we shared a slice of passion fruit tart, sweet and fruity with notes of verbena and a crunchy base served with fresh and tangy yoghurt sorbet.
And, blackberry and mulled wine jelly, complemented by Granny Smith sorbet – a great marriage of flavours and textures, with the acidity of sorbet, sweetness and crunch of honeycomb and astringency of ginger. All followed by steaming black coffee for a perfect end to a truly delicious lunch at Bingham Riverhouse.
Steven Edwards at the Bingham Riverhouse offers exceptionally good food in a refined quintessentially English river setting… a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
61 – 63 Petersham Road
Richmond Upon Thames
The last time we visited Bingham Riverhouse was a few years ago and the kitchen was under the guidance of a different chef. But, we wanted to share the charming boutique hotel facilities, so do check out our review