Five restaurants for five occasions

Emily Harris

A new year brings a fresh start, a time to implement changes in your life and an opportunity to try new things. The latter is the reason we can most easily use as an excuse to try new restaurants. Occasions such as birthdays, Valentine’s Day, the end of another academic year, graduation and, lastly, for any excuse to simply meet up with friends. Here is a list of the best restaurants that I have found in Egham and West London that you must try out for any of the above occasions. In no particular order:

No.1 Duke Street, Richmond


Situated on (no surprise), Duke Street in picturesque Richmond, No.1 is one of five restaurants and bars owned by Darwin & Wallace, who aim to make each establishment appear independent by naming them after their address. The food is seasonal, healthy and homely, and their cocktails are not to be missed. If you sign up to their mailing list you also get 25% off your first visit.

Bar 163, Egham


The fairy light-lit, rustic Bar 163 is Egham’s answer to a cute, trendy restaurant. My friends and I go there quite a lot as, really, there is nowhere else local that quite compares. The evening menu has warm, comforting food and is also a great spot for brunch before a lecture.

Bill’s, Windsor


Because who doesn’t love a Bill’s? If you have never been before, Bill’s is a chain of restaurants which can be found pretty much anywhere. Offering great cocktails and a wide range of food all while you sit at rustic wooden tables with dangling light bulbs and dried chillies. They also do student discount.

The Ivy Café, Richmond


One of the newest restaurants that The Ivy Collection have founded, The Ivy Café Richmond sits close to the river-front and offers a far more relaxed vibe than some of the other Ivy’s I have visited. Much more on the pricier side than the other restaurants mentioned, but a definite treat for either Valentine’s Day or a graduation dinner.

The Barley Mow, Englefield Green


A traditional, cosy pub/restaurant on the green of Englefield Green. Featuring your usual pub food but a touch nicer, this is a great spot for lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday roast. While it is not the cheapest option from this list, almost verging on The Ivy prices, it is still a lovely alternative in the local area.


Featured image: The Ivy Café, Richmond

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