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12 restaurants in Kingston you need to try

PUBLISHED: 10:57 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 August 2017

Restaurants in Kingston. Picture taken by Bastiaanimage stock

Restaurants in Kingston. Picture taken by Bastiaanimage stock

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Kingston is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, offering something to tickle the taste-buds of just about everyone. In no particular order, we pick 12 of the best places to eat…

1. The Canbury Arms, Canbury Park Road

The Canbury Arms is an independently owned gastropub that has welcomed Kingston locals and tourists alike since 2005. The carefully crafted menu features tasty dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients. Expect gourmet burgers, hotdogs and stone baked pizzas made to order from The Canbury Arms’ own pizza-oven.

Alternatively there is a mouth-watering set menu on offer, featuring indulgent options such as twice baked soufflé, swordfish steak and pork saltimbocca and some irresistible desserts to finish. We like the sound of the sticky toffee pudding with malt and caramel sauce.

Good to know…

The Canbury Arms does a cracking roast lunch on Sundays. Think succulent meats, homemade gravy and Yorkshire puddings as big as your head…

2. The Grey Horse, Richmond Road

The Grey Horse is a buzzing pub, live music venue and whiskey bar. It’s also home to Smok’d, a restaurant with a reputation for some of the best BBQ cuisine this side of London. Put this claim to the test by sampling from their exciting menu of traditional American favourites, including the St Louis cut pork ribs or fried chicken sandwich.

If you have a sweet tooth, one of their milkshakes might take your fancy, or if you’ve still got room after your main course try the Malteser cheesecake. All of this can be enjoyed in a stylish interior complete with exposed brick walls.

Good to know…

The Grey Horse is a haven for whiskey lovers, impressively housing a bottle of malt whiskey from every single distillery in Scotland. This means that it has the largest collection of single malt whiskey in London.

3. The Albion, Fairfield Road

The Albion has a menu that is bound to get stomachs rumbling. Take your pick from a selection of meaty mains, including an extensive menu of burgers and ‘big plate’ specials, such as racks of BBQ ribs, marinated chicken and pies all served with chips and crunchy coleslaw. There’s plenty on the menu for vegans and vegetarians too; from vegan burgers and veggie pizzas, to feta and quinoa salads, nobody will leave the table hungry.

It’s worth mentioning that The Albion is renowned for its superb choice of real ales, ciders and keg beers from across the UK. The pub is linked to Big Smoke Brew Co, which is its own brewery just down the road at its sister pub The Antelope in Surbiton. Keep an eye out for ‘Keg Fest’ which takes place a few times each year.

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If you time your visit right, The Albion serves a delicious brunch at weekends from 9am. Enjoy a mug of hot coffee from the local roastery, Chimney Fire Coffee, whilst curing the hangover with Bloody Marys and poached eggs.

4. Stein’s, High Street

Tucked away on Kingston’s bustling High Street is this Bavarian style bar and restaurant, providing you with a unique dining experience in a fantastic atmosphere. The extensive menu serves a selection of traditional German and Austrian food such as Bratwurst and schnitzels, of course complete with an authentic Viennese apple strudel to finish.

In the winter months you can snuggle up in the chalet style interior, complete with timber classing and antlers to give a real rustic feel. In warmer weather make the most of the stunning river-side location, with an outdoor seating area that’s an ideal spot for sharing a few drinks with friends.

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In addition to the extensive choice of German beers on tap, Stein’s also has an impressive cocktail menu. We like the sound of the Black Forest Martini or the Luis Tenker complete with Havana Club, strawberries, coconut, pineapple and cream.

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5. The Boaters Inn, Canbury Gardens

Just a ten minute walk from the centre of town on the banks of the River Thames, The Boaters Inn offers a welcoming and peaceful riverside location away from the hustle and bustle of Kingston. Unwind after a day’s shopping with a dish from the varied menu and a large glass of wine.

On the menu you’ll find a selection of tasty pub classics. From fishy mains to sharing platters, there’s plenty to sate any appetite. In the summer, the beer garden is the perfect spot to watch the world go by as you enjoy your supper.

Good to know…

The Boaters Inn has an array of lunchtime specials running from Monday through to Friday, 12 – 5pm. Prices start at £7 for the roast vegetable and goat cheese sandwich, up to £10 for ham, egg and chips.

6. Riverside Vegetaria, High Street

At Riverside Vegetaria you will find an impressive selection of completely vegetarian food. For starters there’s salad bowls, falafel and pâtés to choose from, whilst mains include curries, stews, casseroles and pasta dishes. And make sure you leave room for dessert as there’s vegan chocolate fudge cake or baked cheesecake to fill you up, both served with vegan ice cream or soya custard – we’ll leave that tricky decision to you.

During the summer, Riverside Vegetaria opens its doors to a beautiful riverside dining area where diners can sit back and watch the sun go down whilst enjoying healthy food.

Good to know…

Great attention is paid to making the menu as healthy and nutritious as possible and the vast majority of the dishes are completely fat free (which is great news for the waistline).

7. The French Table, Surbiton

Although admittedly not in Kingston, the ten minute drive to Surbiton to visit The French Table is certainly worth the travel. Repeatedly ranked as one of the top restaurants in the area, here you’ll be served contemporary French cuisine of the very highest standard.

With stunning presentation, their dishes combine the best ingredients with innovative cooking. Why not try the roast quail with honey and black pepper for mains, and the mouth-watering chocolate and rosemary slice with olive oil ‘snow’ for dessert. These are just some of many inventive dishes that can be found on the menu. There is also a huge wine list where you’ll be able to find the perfect drink to partner your meal with.

Good to know…

Chef Patron, Eric Guignard, won the covetable ‘Chef of the Year’ award at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2016. We caught up with him following last year’s awards and you can read about it here.

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8. Cappadocia, Fife Road

For delicious and authentic Turkish cuisine, look no further than Cappadocia. There is a huge menu on offer – with an array of traditional home-cooked dishes, your taste buds will be transported to the beautiful region in Turkey that this restaurant is named after.

You could sample a ‘pide’, a Turkish style pizza, as well as a selection of dishes served fresh from the real charcoal grill, including doner and lamb shish kebabs. Cappadocia also has a sister restaurant of the same name in nearby Walton, both of which proving hugely popular with their visitors old and young.

Good to know…

Visit Cappadocia for supper on a Monday and you can enjoy a three course meal for just £30 for two people. But if you come for supper on a Thursday, you’ll be entertained with some live traditional Turkish belly dancing!

9. Roz Ana, Kingston Hill

The name ‘Roz Ana’ stems from the Hindi meaning of ‘come every day’ and if we could have it our way we’d probably eat at this restaurant most evenings of the week. This isn’t your usual Indian cuisine so expect traditional favourites with a contemporary yet authentic twist.

There are a number of menus to choose from, including a selection of set à la carte menus staring at £24 per person for a selection of dishes. Alternatively, you might like to try one of the regional specials from the Pan Asian menu on which dishes are individually priced. Executive Chef, Deepinder Sondhi uses cooking styles that are health conscious too so perhaps we could eat here every day after all…

Good to know…

Roz Ana have a spectacular cocktail menu behind the bar and an evening drink is the perfect way to start, or end, your meal. Diners can enjoy 2 for 1 cocktails every evening between 5.30 and 7pm.

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10. Fish! Kitchen, Coombe Road

Kingston’s own seafood sanctuary offers a plethora of exquisite food to eat; from roast fillet of Hake and wild sea trout, to Cornish turbot, lemon sole and mackerel – there is something on the menu to cater to all fishy palates. Sides listed on the menu include freshly cut chips, scallion mash and new potatoes.

If you’re looking for something a little more casual, the restaurant also serves a selection of beer battered fish with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. You can even indulge in a tuna burger, fish finger sandwich or lobster with garlic butter and fries.

Good to know…

The Fish! Kitchen happy hour takes place daily between 4-6pm when diners can tuck into fish and chips with a beer or glass of wine for just £13.95.

11. The Pottery, Park Road

Tapas and paella are the name of the game at The Pottery. Diners can expect all of the traditional tapas favourites, including patatas bravas, calamari, chorizo and nachos, all made for sharing. The paella is priced at a very reasonable £14 per person too.

If, like us, you don’t like sharing your food, there are plenty of Mediterranean-inspired mains on the menu to have all to yourself. Just make sure you leave enough room in your ‘pudding stomach’ for cake and Italian ice cream.

Good to know…

Between the hours of 12-4pm, the lunch menu is priced at £5. Oh and we can’t forget to mention the cocktails and G&Ts at The Pottery are not to be missed!

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12. Woody’s Bar and Kitchen, Ram Passage

Nestled on the banks of the River Thames, Woody’s Bar and Kitchen is a friendly restaurant-cum-bar where the owners want the restaurant to be an ‘extension of your living room’. This is reflected in the relaxed and easy atmosphere and it really is the perfect spot to catch up with friends and family over good beer and grub (especially the sharing boards).

The food is inspired by seasonal ingredients and this is reflected in the ever changing menu. There are often seven or more dishes that feature and these are changed weekly. Gourmet burgers, roasted chicken, pan fried duck and lamb meatballs all appeared on the menu at the time of writing.

Good to know…

Fancy a pre-supper drink? Woody’s always has a guest beer on tap that changes every week. Previous tipples include: Wild Beer, Brewdog, London Fields Brewery and BeaverTown (to name a few).

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