Tucked away in one of South West London’s most picturesque areas, you’ll find No. 1 Duke Street, a new bar in Richmond that looks set to be one of the go-to haunts in the area. We headed down for evening to get a feel the place and get a taste of the menu!
Formerly a local pub called The Lot, No. 1 Duke Street follows the lead from two other bars in London owned by Darwin & Wallace – No.32 The Old Town in Clapham and No.11 Pimlico Road in Belgravia. The USP of these sites is an all-day casual bar and dining experience with atmosphere and refined interiors which reflect their local surrounding.
The first thing you’ll notice is about No. 1 Duke Street is how big it is. A conspicuous terrace courtyard leads into two floors where Joes and Janes can either sit in the spacious main bar or find somewhere more intimate in one of the numerous tucked away corners. There’s a private room which can hold up to at least fifty by our count and even a ‘man cave’ complete with a bespoke neon foosball table.
The second thing you’ll notice about No.1 is the genuinely stunning interior. Stylish design reflects the calm but playful atmosphere of the local area, drawing inspiration from the nearby Thames and Richmond Park. Using a palette of dark greys, sheer whites and pale peaches, it’s clean and pristine but packs bags full of quirks and character.
In terms of dining, there’s something for everyone here at No 1. For starters we shared a couple of small but generous plates of the Mini Honey Sausages, which were served in a honey and mustard glaze, and some Ginger Chicken Cakes, which were fresh, full of flavour and some of the best bites we’ve had for a starter in a long time.
For main, we sampled the No.1 House Burger and the Chicken and Chorizo Schnitzel. Both were served with perfectly seasoned fries with the meats as succulent as you like. Alternatively, there are lighter dishes available with the classic Salmon en Croute and some Steamed Mussels both standing out. The dessert menu also offers up some classics with Dark Chocolate Mousse, a Banana Crumble and, our personal favourite, Panna Cotta all featuring.
No.1 does the bar bit well too with a main 360-degrees bar which serves a selection of craft beers, an extensive array of wines and some excellent cocktails until late. We can’t recommend enough the Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz cocktail. Not the manliest thing we’ve ever had but the balance of gin, tea and fragrant cordial was right on the money.
No. 1 Duke Street and the diversity of its layout means this bar is pretty much perfect for any occasion – couples, friends, family, breakfast, a light lunch, a casual drink, a night out, the Christmas party, beers before the rugby – this place will have you covered. Check out the No. 1 Website for opening times and full menus.