We get in the festive spirit with tasters of No.1 Duke Street’s Winter Feasting menu.
What to Expect
Richmond’s No.1 Duke Street, which opened back in 2015 as the third venture from bar and restaurant group Darwin & Wallace, is an unpretentious addition to Richmond’s bar scene. Each of the group’s four addresses is kitted out with bespoke furniture and has its own playlist, curated by a DJ, to set the mood. However, each has a distinct style and character suited to its neighbourhood.
What to Eat
As a non-meat eater, promises of vegetarian offerings on a Christmas menu fill me with scepticism; either uninspiring or amiss altogether, my experience has been limited to vegetables without the meat or a dry nut roast. One Christmas Day, I was even presented with a salad.
I needn’t have worried. Two of the four starters on the Winter Feasting menu – available at all four locations from 28 November – were devised with vegetarians in mind; the Cannellini Bean Soup with chestnut and truffle crème fraîche was thick and warming, while the Field Mushroom Carpaccio with artichoke and truffle oil was delicate and packed with flavour. Mushrooms were also the star of the vegetarian main course – the Spelt, Buckwheat and Wild Mushroom Risotto with cavolo nero and roast parsnip was full of texture.
I brought along a meat-eater to sample the other dishes; the starter of Bresaola with rocket, lemon, parmesan and toasted pine nuts got the thumbs up, while a main course of Beer Braised Brisket of Beef, which melted in the mouth, was devoured within minutes. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey, and the Norfolk Turkey with traditional trimmings not only looked a vibrant vision, but was crammed with flavour. Like your mum’s, but better!
But the highlight of the menu was the pudding selection – indulgent, seasonal puds like Sticky Toffee Date Pudding with brandy butter cream and hot butterscotch sauce (yum), feature alongside favourites with a twist, including Christmas Eton Mess with winter berries and divine treacle meringue, and a Black Forest Brownie with cherries and warm chocolate sauce. Irresistible, despite being stuffed like pigs in blankets from the previous courses.
What to Drink
As is customary at Christmas, we never had an empty glass during our visit; the guys at No.1 Duke Street kept us topped up and are more than happy to make recommendations from their extensive wine list. There is a fabulous cocktail menu too, including classics injected with No.1’s own personality.
Great for cosy Christmas get-togethers with friends and family, you can hire the upstairs area for a more intimate feast. And if it isn’t a white Christmas, there’s an outside terrace for a post-dinner drink to wash down all of that delicious food.
We both left raving about the fish options on the menu: the starter of Smoked Salmon Roulade with pea shoots, horseradish and rye bread was fresh and well-balanced, while the main of Salmon en Croute was wrapped in the lightest pastry I’ve ever tasted and accompanied with a delicious sorrel sauce.
No1. Duke Street | 1A Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1HP | Two courses £28, three courses £36 | Winter Feasting menu available from 28 November