The Roebuck: A New Lease of Life

The Roebuck: A New Lease of Life

The Roebuck: A New Lease of Life – All too often a lovely, historic, pub is refurbished, and the end result is a dearth of the original features and atmosphere. This is definitely not the case with The Roebuck at the top of Richmond Hill. I’d heard that it’d recently been refurbished very sympathetically by Greene King, and I couldn’t wait to check it out for myself.

The Roebuck: A New Lease of Life

I chose a fabulous evening and the view (the only one protected by an Act of Parliament) was superbly clear. Some folks were taking their drinks across the road to the terrace to marvel at the spectacular vista in the evening sun.  Retaining its original name since 1717, I can confirm that the Roebuck has been lovingly reclaimed, restored and elevated. This historic pub (one of the oldest in Richmond) now has a new lease of life – one that blends its extensive history, with a refreshed, but sympathetic, interior. The walls display the pub’s extensive artwork collection, alongside the open fireplaces and quirky vintage furniture.

My friend Magda and I enjoyed a glass of English sparkling to start our dinner – we were impressed with Fitz – a new one to me – made by the Charmat method, like Prosecco, but this was much nicer. The drinks list at the Roebuck is well curated and has a generous range of alcohol-free options too.

The Roebuck: A New Lease of Life

We decided that we would share our food so that we both could try everything ordered, and started with Pork, Smoked Bacon & Apple Scotch Egg and some Chicken & Smoked Ham Hock Terrine.   Our starters were both good: the Scotch Egg was perfectly cooked, with a deeply coloured, runny yolk, and served with a tasty homemade Piccalilli.  The terrine was served with sourdough toast and a caramelised red onion chutney.  I think perhaps it would have been better paired with some cranberry sauce/ chutney, so of the two starters, the Scotch Egg won hands down.

There are several daily specials highlighted on a board. The soft-shell crab burger sounded amazing, but sadly – and not surprisingly – was already sold out. So, we opted for the Pepper & Tomato tart daily special and also a Grass Fed Sirloin Steak (served with ‘proper’ chips, salsa verde, home pickled onion rings and heritage tomato salad) from the main menu.  The steak choice was all excellent; tender meat, perfectly medium rare, and the salsa verde a good accompaniment.  But the unexpected stars of the dish, very surprisingly for us, were the pickled onion rings…wow! They were so crispy, not at all greasy and very tasty – they would make a great bar snack or side dish. The daily special of the Pepper & Tomato tart was exquisitely presented, with a herbed pastry base and packed with Provencal flavours reminiscent of ratatouille.  It would also make a perfect light lunch dish.

We enjoyed some wines by the glass with our meal. There is a good range available, with prices starting at £5.10 (fair compared with some wines by the glass we’ve ordered at other pubs). There are a few cocktails also available, all priced at £12.

Sensibly, there is a limited dessert menu, but to be honest, we were so comfortably full that we decided just to share an Espresso Panna Cotta between us. It was served in a coffee cup with some melt-in-the-mouth orange sable biscuits.  It was a perfect end to a perfect meal, in a perfect location.

The Seasoned Gastronome

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