The Inspector is charmed by the ‘least expensive room’ at London’s 18th-century Richmond Hill Lodge
The Inspector is charmed by the ‘tasteful’ decor and free-standing bathtub within the ‘least expensive room’ at an 18th-century Richmond resort (however his breakfast and dinner fail to impress)
- The Inspector pays £150 for a ‘Georgian cozy’ room on the Richmond Hill Lodge in South West London
- His room appears out on The Wick, described by some individuals as essentially the most stunning constructing within the nation
- Whereas the decor on the ‘144 On The Hill’ restaurant is ‘shiny and cheery’, he finds his steak is ‘flavorless’
As a result of I’ve booked the most cost effective room potential (£150) — described as a ‘Georgian cozy’ — there can be no probability of a view or a shower, I inform myself whereas strolling up Richmond Hill previous the long-lasting vista of the Thames, painted by Turner and Constable.
However I nonetheless ask if there’s any probability of an improve. ‘Sorry, we’re fully full,’ says the person at reception. ‘However how’s your day been till now?’
‘Not nice, truly,’ I inform him. ‘You?’
The Inspector checks into Richmond Hill Lodge (above) in South West London, which occupies a sequence of 18th-century buildings which have been blended into one massive one
And off I am going to room 236 the place, in actual fact, (and bless the receptionist) there is a free-standing tub, French home windows and even a balcony.
I can not fairly see the Thames, however straight throughout the street stands The Wick, described by some individuals as essentially the most stunning constructing within the nation.
Designed in 1775, it was as soon as the household house of actor Sir John Mills, who bought it to Ronnie Wooden of the Rolling Stones earlier than Pete Townshend of The Who purchased it.
The Inspector’s room, a ‘Georgian cozy’ (pictured), is ‘tasteful’ with naked taupe partitions, colourful cushions, and a sky blue armchair
The resort homes 143 rooms, all of which have been freshened up prior to now 12 months. Above is without doubt one of the Georgian Assortment rooms
Throughout the street stands The Wick (above), described by some individuals as ‘essentially the most stunning constructing within the nation’. Image courtesy of Inventive Commons
Final yr, it was available on the market for £15 million.
If you’re a fan of Georgian structure, then Richmond is bliss.
The Richmond Hill Lodge (sister resort of The Grand Brighton) occupies a sequence of 18th-century buildings which have been blended into one massive one.
It homes 143 rooms, all of which have been freshened up prior to now 12 months.
Mine is tasteful. Naked taupe partitions, colourful cushions, sky blue armchair.
Downstairs is one thing of a rabbit warren, and I cross a number of convention rooms on the best way to the restaurant, now known as 144 On The Hill.
Pictured is the Georgian Suite. Of the resort’s setting, the Inspector says: ‘If you’re a fan of Georgian structure, then Richmond is bliss’
Above is the lounge and bar space of the 144 On The Hill restaurant. The Inspector stays for dinner, and finds that ‘it is shiny and cheery — and bitterly disappointing’
A principal course at 144 On The Hill
It is shiny and cheery — and bitterly disappointing.
My mackerel starter quantities to the tiniest piece of fish sitting in an detached sauce, and the £32 ribeye steak is hard and flavourless.
Breakfast is a buffet affair, with powdery scrambled eggs and greasy fried eggs served from large stainless-steel containers.
If you’d like a good cup of espresso there’s an additional cost — in my case, £4.50 for a flat white.
And the place can we stand on these machines that take an age earlier than your toast drops out — and invariably wants to return in for a second time? They should not be right here, that is for positive.
Richmond Hill Lodge, 144-148 Richmond Hill, Richmond, TW10 6RW. Doubles are priced from £150 B&B. For extra data name 020 8940 2247 or go to richmondhill-hotel.co.uk.