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Food Bites in Kingston


Cappadocia, Kingston
With belly dancing (Thursdays) and an open grill firing up a fantastic selection of kebabs, this corner of Kingston transforms into Turkey.

Al Boccon di’vino, Richmond
Book well in advance for this eccentric Venetian treat. There is no menu, just dish after perfect dish of antipasti and pasta dishes before a theatrical grand finale.

La Buvette, Richmond
With its pretty courtyard and chequered tablecloths, this Richmond fave transports you to a traditional French bistro.


Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Just grab a picnic and head to one of our great green spaces.

Bushy Park – make a beeline for the Waterhouse Plantation where you can picnic and paddle in the stream.

Richmond Hill – gaze out at that famous view with rolling meadows and the river below.

Box Hill – if you fancy heading further afield, then Box Hill in Tadworth is a great spot with awesome views.


Pizza Perfection by the river

It may not have prime river frontage, but Al Forno must be doing something right given its loyal following…

Kingston’s riverfront has no shortage of restaurants for eating alfresco on a warm summer evening. But head back a street and you’ll find Al Forno, an unpretentious slice of Italy with all the same vibrancy, warmth and relaxed vibe that makes holidaying there such a pleasure.

Given the mini heatwave on the night we visited, it felt more Sorrento than Surrey. Chilled Birra Morettis were recommended – not the usual variety but a Siciliana, a citrussy refreshing beer perfect for the weather, which we mopped up with Street Food Napoletano – a paper-cone filled with crispy arancini, frittatine and croquettes. Next was a delicious hand-made lemon- zest tagliolini pasta, baked in paper with seafood. It looked so good that a fellow diner wanted to know what it was so he could have the same.

Al Forno was last year’s winner of a Time & Leisure food award in the family-friendly restaurant category. It is easy to see why, and my two mini critics and pizza perfectionists were certainly happy. A margherita off the children’s menu was customised by my eldest with anchovies, a pizza he declared as ‘legend’. And the Italian ice-cream really is something special here – so much so that my husband ordered it too.

While Al Forno is not directly on the river, it somehow feels all the better for it, like one of those in-the-know holiday places slightly off the main tourist drag. It still has the river view, albeit with the main road in front, but the elevated covered terrace lets you enjoy it all from a cosseted spot without the crowds of hungry diners eyeing up your table as they maraud past. Don’t expect it to be a hidden secret though – word has long been out about this Kingston gem that has won legions of fans over the years.

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