The Victoria Hotel and pub in Richmond is as quaint and cute as the area that surrounds it. Moments away from leafy Richmond Park (though we couldn’t find it on our night time stroll) and a short walk from Sheen High Street, it is an idyllic location in the middle of the West London suburbs. Quiet and sleepy, it is the ideal place for a small romantic pub-hotel.
Our room was small and cosy with all the necessary essentials: iron, kettle with tea and coffee and a full length mirror of which I was particularly appreciative. The decor in the Victoria is simple and stylish, traditional and very homely. The functional bathroom was petite and ideal for a quick freshen up, with a powerful shower and pleasant smelling Neutrogena toiletries.
The cheerful restaurant downstairs was full and buzzing when we went down, ravenous and anticipating a feast. The British inspired menu offers rustic, simple but well executed dishes… high quality comfort food. We enjoyed hefty steaks and devilish triple fried chips (au Heston) and delicious, sophisticated salads. The light rosé they recommended suited the mood and hot summer evening perfectly and fruity fresh desserts provided us with a sweetness kick before bed.
It was unfortunate that we were staying on the hottest night of the year… when we trudged upstairs after dinner, the room was stifling even with the windows open and a bedside fan. Our bed was very comfy, though I couldn’t enjoy the full benefits of the fluffy duvet. Richmond is blissfully quiet and during the night the silence is particularly obvious to one coming from a much busier area of London.
Breakfast in the morning was simple and classic: an assortment of continental treats or cooked breakfast for those that desire it. We munched on soft, buttery croissants and freshly roasted coffee before walking out into the Richmond sunshine.
The Victoria is the perfect place to lock yourselves away: with easy connections into London you are close enough to activities in the frantic centre of town but far enough away to recollect your thoughts and refresh before returning to the fray.
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