Hotels in Richmond were costing an arm and a leg, Husband suggested trying out a Premier Inn, my response was luke-warm to say the least. However a bit more research and I thawed slightly, reviews seemed good and it looked fairly new, also while not exactly cheap it was a bargain compared to the other Richmond alternatives so we took the plunge. An added bonus was a car-park so no worries about where to stash our car – £12 for twenty four hours was also, I thought, incredibly reasonable.
Check-in was a pleasant surprise too, the reception area was manned with a helpful and exceptionally friendly receptionist. Friendly staff here were the rule not the exception. Our room on the second floor was huge, bright, pristine and just not what I was expecting – this did not feel like a budget offering to me. A huge bed with a choice of firm or soft pillows and a big thumbs up from Son about the quality of his single bed – vastly superior to the normal camp bed offering in a lot of hotels. With tea and coffee facilities, a flat screen television, big bathroom and stack of fluffy white towels I was completely sold on this place.
A little bit of a walk into Richmond – about twenty minutes – not exactly central but that didn’t bother us one bit. We had a great sleep and a great breakfast – Son loved it and kids eat free. There was also free WiFi in the room, fast enough and fine for us.
No end of options in Richmond when it comes to dining, we found numerous independent eateries and felt spoilt for choice. We nearly dined on our first evening in a quaint little pub overlooking the village green until Husband remembered an Argentine steakhouse he had spied earlier. Beef won us over and we headed for Buenos Aires – nearly empty at 7pm when we got a great table and completely full half an hour later. A modern take on an old warehouse, I loved the decor. We feasted on perfectly cooked steaks with salad and chips – plain but delicious. The pudding was the piece de resistance though – a massive hunk of chocolate cake with meringue on top, seriously delicious and baked in their little in-house place at the front of the restaurant. We resisted the chance to buy any more to take home – calorie overload for sure.
Next evening we chose a tiny little place to eat – Pizzeria Rustica. Very authentic and very rustic, inside it was full of nooks and crannies and very dark – I loved it. We got the last table right by the kitchen, not ideal but the menu was. An eclectic and unusual choice of pizzas, we all picked something different but I was exceptionally happy with my BBQ offering and didn’t want to share. Another great evening and perfect way to end our short stay in Richmond.