Richmond has to be one of the most romantic places in London.
It’s just stunning round there – and I imagine its what tourists who haven’t been to London before think all of London is like. It’s not somewhere I get to go very often, though, so when the team at No 1. Duke Street invited me down for a meal I was very excited.
No. 1 Duke Street is just off of the high street, slightly tucked away. It looks deceptively small from the outside, but is absolutely massive inside! They’ve got the balance perfectly right, though – a rather cosy vibe, and the decor is all marble, copper and so on point – an Instagrammer’s dream.
We started the evening off with a bottle of the Ca’ Di Alte Prosecco, which was a great choice.
While we were tempted to split a whole load of small plates, our hunger got the better of us, so we ended up splitting one as a starter – the sticky beef soft tacos.
They were really tasty, although quite liberal with the amount of chilli they included – which is fine by me, but if that’s not your thing its worth looking out for!
The menu had us totally stumped, as we were half tempted to try it all – in the end, we decided to split a steak and the steamed mussels mariniere, which was definitely the right decision! The mussels were some of the largest and juiciest I’ve had, and the steak was cooked to perfection – on the rare side, as requested.
My date for the evening was a friend who was local to the neighbourhood, and who I don’t get to see very often, and No. 1 Duke Street was the perfect venue to catch up over a
bottle glass of prosecco. Very on-trend, and in luxurious surroundings, but in terms of price it’s comparable to some of the high street restaurant chains, which was rather surprising. I’d definitely recommend it as a place for catching up with friends, or a date.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, I’d definitely recommend checking it out – I had a wonderful evening there.