Opening in October, the first suburban branch of Brindisa's tapas mini-chain; this site benefits from riverside views from the 60-cover terrace.
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“Delicious tapas with a view of the River Thames” from “a large open terrace” is going down a storm at the instantly popular, new Richmond branch of the well-known chain (occupying the prominent site that was formerly Jackson & Rye, RIP). Backed by the firm of wholesalers of the same name, the group has steadily grown from its Borough Market origins over the last 10 years, and fans feel “it’s exactly what you would expect from a place run by Spanish produce importers”. On the downside, though, there is a school of thought that “while the food’s done decently, it’s serviceable but unexciting”.
The tapas bar operated by this Spanish food importer greets arrivals at the main entrance to Borough Market – and “on a bustling summer day, sitting outside with a glass of simple red, a table full of tapas on the go, chatting convivially with friends, it’s great – just what one would expect”. The newer branches around town match the quality, and can be a little easier to nab a table. The group is scheduled to open its sixth site in Richmond – the first located in the suburbs – in late 2021 (it will be on the striking riverside site that was formerly Jackson & Rye (RIP) complete with 150 covers and a 60-seat outside terrace).
“Authentic and delicious tapas… if you can get a table” has made the bustling, original branch of this Hispanic food importer’s chain a well-known feature of Borough Market, and “at busy times, it feels rushed”. It has spawned a number of spin-offs over the years, which are generally high quality, if not as vibey as the original: most recently opening a ‘Brindisa Kitchen Bar’ at Jubilee Place.
“Authentic and delicious tapas… if you can get a table” has made the bustling, original branch of this Hispanic food importer’s chain a well-known feature of Borough Market, and “at busy times, it feels rushed”. It has spawned a number of spin-offs over the years, which are generally high quality, if not as vibey as the original: most recently opening in October 2018 in the new Battersea Power Station development.
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"The food is very good, but the service is terrible - orders taken incorrectly, food taken to the wrong table, drinks orders forgotten about etc."
"What a great location looking out over the River Thames at Richmond when sitting outside in the sunshine. Service was efficient and the staff were very knowledgeable about the various dishes. When the food arrived every dish was perfectly presented and clearly assembled with care from good ingredients. I will be back!"
"An excellent location overlooking the River Thames at Richmond makes this branch very special if you are able to bag one of the outside tables on a balmy summer evening. Service was excellent with the staff all very knowledgeable about the dishes on offer and how much one needs to order. Food was all extremely tasty and well presented."
"Pleasant terrace with great view of the river. Exactly what you would expect from a tapas place given that they import Spanish produce. "
"Delightful terrace overlooking the river made this a pleasant lunch. Decent choice of authentic ingredients all looking fresh. Portions are modest as you expect with Tapas (not raciones!) but prices a bit high for the size of portion. So anchovy starter had one smallish fish cut in two with olives and capers. The goat cheese monte enebro was excellent and just about enough to share. Asparagus was delicious with fresh pesto and a treat to have razor clams in the UK! Better dessert choices than in many places in Spain! "
"This is the kind of chain that Richmknd needs more of - a few service glitches that could be ironed out, but impeccable food that isn’t overly meat based. Just as good as their sister restaurants in town."