The Inn At Kew Gardens
292 Sandycombe Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3NG
- Tel: 020 8940 2220
Only 150 metres from Kew Gardens and 2 minutes walk from the nearest Tube Station, the Inn At Kew Gardens provides easy access to central London and bright, modern rooms.
Sunday Best at Kew
06/04/2008 by Mexter
Local pubs tend not to get reviewed as they're your local, so you forget that some people make a trek to come to this pub purely for the food.Years ago The Kew Gardens Hotel (as it was then called) was a blot on Kew's landscape. The only people who drank there were people who wanted to play snooker and the odd person staying in the hotel who couldn't be bothered to stagger down to The Railway a few 100 yards down the road.Now it's all changed - a massive refurbishment in 2004 turned it into a large comfortable gastro pub that is friendly and is the place where you can hang out with lots of mates, but you'd also be happy to bring your family for Sunday lunch, dinner or even have a family party there.When you enter it looks like a traditional pub. Lots of weathered leather sofas, hardy looking bar tables that look like they've been there for a 100 years. There's a blackboard with yummy bar snacks - the house burger rivals GBK burgers not as large but the meat literally melts in your mouth and is served with a delicious tomato relish & rocket (my favourite weed).They also do large club sandwiches, stacks of house chips - now in crinkle cut stylie, and some very tasty hand cooked pork scratchings with apple sauce.Moving to the back of the pub though and it turns into a restaurant or more of a gastro-pub. It's much lighter and airier in the back and has more of a family atmosphere. There's also a really cute beer garden - like the huge hanging baskets outside it's what you would expect of a pub so close to Kew's Botanical Gardens.Everytime, I've eaten here the food's been excellent. The menu changes every week and the ingredients are fresh and prepared (usually) very quickly in a busy kitchen, with the staff ringing bells and saying "chef" all the time. The Sunday Roast is delicious with a light and airy Yorkshire Pudding that is so enormous you'll need to share it. The beef was tender & succulent and the roast beetroot gave it an unusual touch.There's also a cool mezzanine upper floor with even more leather sofas and a widescreen TV if you feel you have to watch TV.I prefer to sit downstairs with a glass of wine, a burger and a stack of papers, happy in the knowledge that I live a stone's throw from one of the best pubs in Kew.Now the pub's landlord Jay has introduced Jazz on Wednesday nights. It's a local band and I'm sure it will turn the Inn at Kew Gardens from a superlative gastro pub to the hottest god damn joint in Kew.Report this
31/12/2007 by sue
The Inn at Kew Gardens is an award winning Gastropub located below the Kew Gardens Hotel. I had read good things about the food, so we arranged to meet some friends there for dinner one night.You enter off the street into a welcoming bar area. The inside dining area is to the rear, and there is also a heated terrace for those willing to brave the weather. Above the dining area is a little mezzanine area consisting of comfy leather chairs that are perfect for a relaxing drink and natter with your mates.Service was friendly, though a bit vague, and we had quite a hard time getting the bill....apparently they didn't want us to leave!The menu was quite small, though we all managed to find something we liked the sound of. For main course, we had the Pan-Fried Bream with Roasted Vegetables, the Braised Belly of Pork with Mustard Mash, the Chicken & Leek Pie, and the Hamburger (from the bar menu). I was disappointed in my meal, and the others weren't too amazing either unfortunately.We decided to brave dessert - we tired the Lemon & Lime Soufflé, and the Chocolate Brioche pudding (which looked like a chocolate brownie). The Chocolate dish was really tasty, the "soufflé" was terrible....and was nothing like any soufflé I have had before.Although we had a lovely evening with our friends, it was such a shame that the food was mainly a disappointment. It certainly didn't live up to the hype in our experience.Report this
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