I was recently invited to The Bingham in Richmond for a Supper Club Tasting, which almost had the feel of a pop-up restaurant when you sit down next to a group of strangers – expectant, but uncertain – although this was a group of journalists and food bloggers. And you already know that the food is going to be good.
After a couple of bespoke cocktails in the opulent lounge, we were ready for a feast. Of the eight tasting dishes, each perfect in their own small way, my favourites were the first and last. Of the first, the separate elements of the cauliflower and cheese allowed the unexpectedly delicate flavours to filter through and melt on the tongue. While the final dish of frozen yoghurt with rhubarb and crumbled graham cracker worked beautifully together – a fusion of natural soft vegetable (yes!), biscuit crunchiness and dotted with beautiful tiny flowers, the dish was stunning to look at, as well as eat (pictured).
In between, the seared scallop with apple, celeriac and black perigord truffle stood out, as did the beef rump with oxtail, confit oyster and nasturtium. The cep and trumpet mushroom risotto and the cod with romesco and butter milk sauce were both maybe a little bland, so didn’t hit the mark as much as the other dishes, but were nonetheless delicious.
With its fabulous location and enticing menu, The Bingham never disappoints. Now the weather is warmer, don’t miss out enjoying a cocktail on the balcony before dinner.