Tucked away between Richmond’s leafy Green and the bustling Kew Road lies No. 1 Duke Street. Richmond’s brand new, independent, all-day bar venue opened its doors in November 2015 on the site formerly known as The Lot. The bar attracts a young professional crowd and socialising lies at the core of No.1 Duke Street’s menu with a range of smaller dishes and sharing plates which jazz up any post-work drinks together with an expansive wine list for ladies who lunch and an excellent selection of craft beers to tempt rugby players and fans alike – including the zesty Wu Gang Chops The Tree from Hackney’s Pressure Drop Brewery and the fruity Notting Hill Blonde from Moncada Brewery.
The bar’s stylish design reflects the calm but playful atmosphere of the local area, drawing inspiration from the nearby Thames and Richmond Park. Delectable drinks are served from dawn to dusk with a late licence and a DJ in operation over weekends. Customers can enjoy relaxed drinking across two spacious floors or outside in the beautiful and intimate courtyard.
Using a palette of dark greys, sheer whites and pale peaches, the setting creates an ambience that is more ‘home’ than ‘high street’. Notable features include the games room and sociable courtyard. Integral to No.1 Duke Street’s hospitable character is its layout from quiet corners perfect for an intimate drink with a loved one to the lively bar which can be regarded as a second home to local residents and Richmond visitors.
Drinks are the highlight here and the cocktails are not to be missed with concoctions such as Pineapple and Sage Mojito and Passionfruit Capirinha presented alongside seasonal specials such as Pear and Ginger Toddy during the winter months.. We tried the Hot Peanut Butter Rum which was like Christmas in a glass and is made from Doorlys Foursquare Spiced Rum, Cointreau, homemade peanut butter syrup and whiskey bitters. The homemade lemonade is infused with sherbet and a great choice for the young or young at heart. Our favourite flavour combination is the pink grapefruit and ginger which is tangy and refreshing with an underlying gingery warmth.
Prices seem to be on the high side but this is not surprising given its location in one of London’s most affluent villages. In addition to coffee from the local Exmouth Roastery there is a fantastic hot chocolate menu including an indulgent white chocolate, cardamom and Coole Swan option.
No. 1 Duke Street offers some great value bar food alongside its thirst-quenching drinks. We were recommended to try one of their delicious sharing platters and went for the Charcuterie Board with its tasty selection of cured meats, house made pate & roast ham with relish and artisan bread. The Seafood Board also looks appealing as you can see below although we did not try this one during our visit.
One of our favourite things about No. 1 Duke Street is that it is dog friendly in every part of the bar which makes it the ideal spot to stop off with your pampered pooch after a run on the neighbouring Richmond Green.
Alongside the award-winning No.11 Pimlico Road and No.32 The Old Town, this is the third site from bar and restaurant group, Darwin & Wallace. No.32 The Old Town, Clapham was shortlisted for Time Out’s Love London Awards 2015 and No.11 Pimlico Road was named ‘Best Designed Pub’ at the Casual Dining Awards 2014. Each location offers an all-day casual bar dining experience with atmosphere and interiors reflecting their local surrounding and communities.
No. 1 Duke Street
1a Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1HP