I visited a cosy pub overlooking Richmond Park with amazing views and great food

I sat in the pub with my glass of prosecco
I enjoyed my glass of Chapel Down at the Roebuck -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

Proudly sitting on top of Richmond Hill, The Roebuck is a must-visit if you’re looking for a cosy pub with great food. As I neared the top of the hill, I was wowed by the views of the magnificent Terrace Gardens and Marble Hill below as the sun set in the distance.

From the summit of Richmond Hill, the London skyline lights shone below. I was invited to try The Roebuck after it was recently refurbished and reopened to the public.

Inside the pub, it felt like a traditional London tavern with wooden ceilings and herringbone brick flooring. The wooden steel blue-painted bar is complemented by exposed brick walls and green subway tiles, with accent lights and a glowing back wall displaying drinks.

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At the bar, you can find a range of delicious drinks and fine wines. Summer special cocktails include a blackberry Tom Collins with Bombay Bramble gin, sugar syrup, soda, and a negroni sbagliato, with Campari, Martini Rosso and prosecco, for £12 each.

Greenery at Richmond Hill overlooking parks and the town below
Photos just don't do it justice! -Credit:Emma Wallace

I was shown to a table in the downstairs front window - large panes looked out onto the gorgeous sunset. Secluded nooks with small tables and chairs made great spots to hunker down and chat with friends, and wooden chairs were padded out and draped with fur rugs and comfy cushions.

Once settled, I ordered some of my favourite sparkling wine by Chapel Down for £9.90 a glass, made in Tenterden, Kent. To begin with, my friend and I shared a starter, Emma ordered crispy salt and pepper squid for £8.45 and I was excited to try the pork and bacon scotch egg for £6.45

We went halves on our starters, the squid coating was crunchy and light and the squid itself was moreish. I loved the scotch egg; it arrived already sliced in half, showcasing the golden orange yolk inside.

Stoch egg with runny yolk
The scotch egg was amazing, I could have eaten 10 -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

Served warm with pork, apple and smoked bacon meat surrounding the egg, cooked to perfection. The yolk burst as I cut into it, and the scotch egg was complemented by the bed of vegetables below it.

I was looking forward to my main; I treated myself to a steak for £21.95. The huge succulent steak was cooked rare, just how I like it, and was tender and easy to cut.

The grass-fed sirloin was served with fresh-tasting salsa verde, home-pickled onion rings that had a slight tang and, heritage tomato salad with chunky chips. I made sure to finish as much of the steak as possible and devoured the onion rings, however, I was defeated by the chunky chips.

Succulent steak with chunky chips and salsa verde
Succulent steak with chunky chips and salsa verde -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

Emma went for pub classic Atlantic cod and chips for £17.95 and commented how fresh the fish was with light, crisp batter. This was served with charred lemon to season it, citrus salt and pea puree and bernaise tartare.

If you’re thinking of visiting The Roebuck, I’d definitely recommend taking a walk at Richmond Park first, taking in the scenery then strolling up the hill. I didn’t have a chance to visit the park on this first occasion, but I will certainly visit the next time I go.

I’d also recommend booking ahead, the pub can get busy, especially on weekends. In terms of transport, if you're thinking of driving to the venue, make sure you plan ahead where to park your vehicle as the pub doesn’t have it’s own car park.

It’s recommended to park at Waitrose or Richmond Riverside car park, which is around a 10-minute walk. To book, visit the website for The Roebuck here.

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