Six best places to eat in Richmond, North Yorkshire for 2017

The first time I came up with this at-a-glance guide to places to eat out in Richmond was back in 2009 (updated in 2012) so it seemed high time to update in time for the new year.

It’s good to acknowledge some newcomers to this list (and celebrate that the previous bemoaning about the state of the Kings Head Hotel can definitely now be put to rest).

Each of the places mentioned here have been visited multiple times and proved to be consistent but it is, of course, a list that is personal opinion.

So, if you think there’s a place that should be recommended, please do feel free to add it into the comments at the bottom of this page – and do say why you think it worthy of a second look.

Wherever you eat in 2017 – bon appetite!

Best for fish: Barretts
Address: 7 Rosemary Lane | Between Victoria Road and Finkle Street, Richmond DL10 4DP
Phone: +44 1748 824815



What we say:
Don’t be put off by the American diner style decor – this is far from a burger joint. Instead you can expect quality cooking with fresh fish dishes a speciality. Good service, a well thought through drinks menu and attention to detail make this a favourite destination.

See the tripadvisor reviews here.

Best for meat: Rustique
Address: 5-7 Chantry Wynd | Finkle Street, Richmond DL10 4QE
Phone: 01748 821565
What we say: Consistently good food with value-for-money set menus as well as specials. French style cooking with duck dishes and steaks providing substantial traditional fare. Often an interesting cheese board selection too.

See the tripadvisor reviews here.

Cafe: Duncans
Address: 5A Finkle Street, Richmond DL10 4QA.
Phone: 01748 517040
What we say: Tucked above the butchers in Finkle Street, this tearoom offers a lot more than tea and cake. That said, the selection of teas on offer, and the quality of the homemade cakes, make it worth a visit for that alone if you’re only around at tea time. However, the lunch menu is particularly interesting with good wholesome Yorkshire fare with a choice of serving sizes offered.

See the tripadvisor reviews here.

Pub grub: George and Dragon, Hudswell.
Address: Hudswell, Hudswell, Richmond DL11 6BL
Phone: 01748 518373


George & Dragon

What we say: OK, it’s not strictly in Richmond but, seeing as it is within a country mile, it’s still worth mentioning as the food is a cut above the average freezer to microwave pub grub so often on offer. Pies are the deal here, wonderful pies! Walk from town through the woods and up the famous Hudswell steps to ensure your appetite is ready to handle the pie.

See the tripadvisor reviews here.



Chinese: New Treasure Garden
Address: 7 Castle Hill | Richmond, North Yorkshire, Richmond DL10 4QP,
Phone: 0 1748 825827
What we say: With its old-school style decor, this Chinese restaurant might look dated but the food is far from old hat. Classic set menus jostle for attention with more adventurous items and the quality of the ingredients and cooking is so consistently good that it’s likely to be fully booked on even the slowest of weekdays.

See the tripadvisor reviews here.

Fine dining: Frenchgate Hotel
Address: 59-61 Frenchgate, Richmond DL10 7AE.
Phone: 01748 822087
What we say: Still really the only place in town for an upmarket meal. The detailed set menu always features regional and seasonal dishes with an emphasis on game. Expect to pay about £40 a head. Celebrate a special occasion with drinks on the drawing room before moving on to the unfussy dining room.

See the tripadvisor reviews here.


Other things to note about the town…………

Indian food
Sadly, Richmond still doesn’t have a great Indian restaurant. As an alternative, if you’ve never tried a Fijian curry, there’s a fresh one on offer each day at the Holly Hill pub. For a takeaway, Delhi-cous is reliable although it has a tendency to be a bit bland so, if you like it hot, best request some extra spice.

Cafe food
There are many cafes in the town, all with their own feel and style worth checking out. Try out the breakfasts in the Frenchgate Cafe if you’re looking for a well-cooked and varied selection. Relative newcomer Wilfred Deli in Finkle Street is finding its place in the town with posh sandwiches and a really interesting selection of salads.

For drinks
The landmark Kings Head Hotel has massively improved its drinks offering with a selection of cocktails and an interesting (if a tad expensive) wine list served in a pleasant surroundings with helpful staff.

The Castle Tavern serves up a good pint in a cosy and friendly traditional pub setting.

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Our Foodbank needs your help – can you spare some tins?

Increased demand means that more donations are needed to help local people in need get a decent meal, as Richmond’s StoreHouse Co-Ordinator Paige Rutherford explains.

Since its beginning in 2012 Storehouse from Influence Church has provided more than 55,000 meals to date across their bases in Richmond and Barnard Castle.

Storehouse provides food to those in desperate need, from all walks of life. This, of course, is only a short term relief for many who attend Storehouse. Alongside the vital food provided, there are also job clubs, release groups and money courses from CAP (Christians Against Poverty), in an attempt to address the core needs of the people who come along each week. Over the course of four years in Richmond there have been more than 400 different clients using storehouse and weeks when 20 people in need have been served by volunteers and staff.

Barnard castle has served more than 20 different clients since 2014 and although it started quietly it has seen a growth in need over the past months. Barnard castle also hosts the CAP money course to try and help local residents to manage their finances however big or small.

Storehouse needs to continue its essential work, to keep feeding those in need when they are at their most vulnerable, when they have summoned their courage to attend storehouse the least we can provide is food and hopefully the means to eventually release themselves from financial crisis. Storehouse is open in Richmond between 4-6 on Thursdays and in Barnard Castle between 3-5 on Fridays.

Currently due to increased demand, StoreHouse is experiencing a decreasing food stock. We are very grateful to all the individuals, communities, businesses and organizations who continue to support us both financially and with food donations. At this time, we are looking to bring in some extra donations to help make sure that our food stock is sufficient to cover the demand.

Storehouse accepts donations in Richmond at Influence Church from Tuesday – Friday 10am- 4pm; and in Barnard Castle at our Community Base, 54 Galgate, Thursday afternoons or Fridays (additionally, there are collection points at Darlington building Society and Barclays Bank). Some items you could donate are: UHT milk, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned ready meals, baked beans and dried/packaged goods. All of these go a long way to help those in need. However small or large a donation it is always very much appreciated and put to good use.

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Harriers at the Darlington parkrun


Simon Withers finishes just ahead of Jacqui Keavney at Darlington Parkrun

By Mark Fletcher, Richmond and Zetland Harriers

At Darlington South Park, Harry Robson led home all the Richmond runners in 2nd with an outstanding new pb (17:09) and close on his heals with another good run was Jake Stephenson in 3rd with another massive pb (17:18).

Mike Jeffries was 4th this week (17:29) with Dave Hack returning in 6th (17:43), followed by Luke Hack in 8th (18:21) and Ken Harker in 15th (19:03). Will Smith was 17th this week (19:33), just ahead of Nick Mason in 18th (19:37) and Shona Fletcher lead home the ladies in 19th place (19:38). Simon Withers improved again this week with another new pb in 24th (20:10) and was just ahead of Jacqui Keavney in 25th and the 4th lady (20:11). Shaun Purkiss was a steady 29th (20:36), with Ryan Canizo having a great run in 56th (22:54), Peter Armstrong in 81st (23:51) and Mark Fletcher in 93rd (24:33).

Alex Canizo made a welcome return to parkrun in 212th place (30:51). Reece Dalton continues his good form with 4th at Fountains Abbey parkrun (17:56) and sister Chloe had a fine run to finish in 22nd and the 1st lady just outside her pb (20:36). At Sedgefield parkrun Jeremy Pattison seems to like the course as he was an excellent 3rd this week (19:46).

Michelle Nolan continues her push towards the marathon season with a run at the Royal Signals relays. Michelle helped her other club to the 3rd ladies team, and had the 7th quickest leg overall and the 2nd quickest in her leg behind Olympic athlete Laura Weightman. Peter Armstrong took to the wild and windy Blackpool for the North West half marathon and had a superb run to finish in 85th in 1:35:08.

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Richmond athletes qualify for national finals and winter blues


Mike Jeffries and Josh Lincoln battle it out at Darlington parkrun.
Picture: Karen Newton.

By Mark Fletcher

The regional finals of the Sports Hall athletics had a number of our younger athletes representing North Yorkshire! This competition is a way to allow younger athletes to try and

number of events during the winter months. In the U13 girls, Emily Harris competed in the 2 lap race and the long jump, finishing 4th in both and helping North Yorkshire win the competition against teams from West Yorkshire and Humberside. George McCowie also was involved for North Yorkshire in the U13 boys and even with some fine results in the 6 lap race where he finished 3rd and the long jump where he was 4th, the North Yorkshire team unfortunately didn’t qualify for the finals.

Eliza Withers was competing for the North Yorkshire U15 girls in the long jump where she was a fantastic 2nd, the shot in 4th and also the 2 lap race where she was also 4th to help team North Yorkshire make the finals. The national finals will be held in Manchester in April.

Unfortunately the weather took its toll this week with frost and ice returning with a vengeance cancelling the annual Valentines day race in Newcastle. However, many of our athletes were out running at parkruns across the region. Steve Middleton had already been out early for a run before he cruised round Northallerton parkrun in 19:50 and finished in 2nd place. At Fountains Abbey, Chloe Dalton was just outside her pb in 39th place and the 4th lady (20:44).

The ever improving Rosie Adams had another great run at Albert Park finishing in 17th place and the 1st lady with another new pb (19:33). At Darlington South Park, Josh Lincoln lead home all the runners with an outstanding new pb by nearly 20 seconds (17:20). Close on his heals with another good run was Mike Jeffries in 2nd (17:31). Michelle Nolan showed her class by leading home the ladies in 10th place (18:48), she was just ahead of young Will Smith who also produced a brilliant run in 11th and another pb smashed by 15s. Shona Fletcher continues on her long road back to full fitness with an encouraging run in 18th and the 2nd lady (19:15), she was followed by Ken Harker in 19th (19:16), Lee Davies in 20th (19:16) and Peter Armstrong in 24th (19:30). Simon Withers continues his consistent development with a new pb in 36th (20:13), James Hook had a good first run in 53rd place (21:15) and the outstanding Natalie Wood produced another life time best in 247th and smashed her previous best by over 10s (32:08).

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Byelection to be held for Richmond Central

Think you can do better than the local councillors? Now’s your chance to go up for election to the district council.

Richmondshire District Council will be holding a by election next month – to fill the vacancy in its Richmond Central ward.

The election – prompted by the death of Councillor John Robinson – will be held on March 31.

Nominations close on March 2 at 4pm for anyone wishing to stand for election. Electors of Richmond Central Ward have until March 11 to register to vote.

Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on March 14 and proxy applications by 5pm on March 21.

Application forms are available from the electoral services section at Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond or by calling 01748 829100.

Richmond athletes excel at cross countries

By Mark Fletcher
It was a big week for Richmond and Zetland Harriers with junior athletes in competition at the inter counties cross country, the Northern Indoors and also at the home cross country at Richmond! Seniors were everywhere from Dewsbury, Muddy Boots and also competing in the cross country.

At the northern indoors Eliza Withers was in good form to produce a pb in the 200m in 29:64, she also ran the 60m in 9:26 and the 60m hurdles in 10:71. At the end of season cross country held on home turf at Richmond there were some outstanding performances all round.

Josh Hammett got the ball rolling with another fantastic run and was 2nd in the U11 boys race. He was well supported by the rest of the Richmond team with Dominic Wilford in 7th, Thomas Smith in 11th, Daniel Knowles (12th), Lucas Holmes (13th), Thomas Greer (14th) and Tom Coldwell (16th). Alana Teasdale again ran an excellent race for 2nd in the U11 girls. Kyle Rabjohn was the pick of our athletes in the U13 boys in 6th, closely followed by Charlie Stephenson (7th), Ralph Chisholm (11th), Ewan Baxter (12th) and Ali Chisholm (14th) for an excellent 2nd in the team race. In the U15 boys race Jake Stephenson continued his fine form to take 1st, with the ever improving Will Smith in 3rd, James Davidson was 7th and Lewis Moore in 12th completed the squad who also were the 1st team. Chloe Dalton was well placed in 2nd and Anna Harrison in 5th in the U15 girls. Reece Dalton was 2nd in the U17 boys with Harry Robson in 3rd, James Greer in 4th, Luke Hack in 5th, Aaron Auton in 7th and Ryan Canizo in 10th to also give them the team prize.

Jo Adams seems to peak at Richmond every year and again added to the 1st place she won last year with a comfortable victory. She was ably assisted by sister Rosie Adams in 9th, Jacqui Keavney in 18th, Shona Fletcher in 19th, Rebecca Simpson in 23rd, Laura Kirkham in 37th (5th U17), Fiona Wilson (50th), Pauline Whittaker (55th), Michelle Sprent (59th), Sally Harrison (82nd) and Natalie Wood (91st). These results ensured that the squad finished 2nd in the ladies team.

The senior mens race was also very competitive with Scott Wardman in 3rd just ahead of Rob Scott (4th), Ken Harker was 7th, Alan Ashcroft in 8th, Carl Jones (11th), Mark Crawford (16th), Steve Middleton (17th), Ronnie Corbett (23rd), Anthony Jefford (29th), Dave Hack (30th), Julian Simpson (41st) and Shaun Purkiss (49th). The mens squad returned to the top of the tree in the team race.
At the Dewsbury 10k, Michelle Nolan continues her return to full fitness with an excellent run in 75th and 7th lady in 37:00, Steve Sadler was next in 225th (40:41) and Donna Riddler in 240th (41:25). Nicki Billows took in the Muddy Boots 10k at Ripon and was 312th in 1:03:17.

The North East inter county schools cross championships had plenty of interest from a Richmond perspective with Luke Hack 28th and the 2nd North Yorkshire athlete to guarantee his place for the national schools finals in the U20 race. Jake Stephenson was also 28th in the U17 and the 2nd finisher from North Yorkshire schools. In the U15 race Will Smith was also 28th and the 2nd North Yorkshire schools representative! Ben Lambert was 25th in the U13 race to also guarantee him a place at the nationals for North Yorkshire. Holly Flannery ran well for 20th in the U20W race and the 2nd finisher for North Yorkshire to also go to the nationals. In the U17W race Chloe Dalton was 7th and the 2nd North Yorkshire finisher.

Anna Harrison was an excellent 63rd in the U15 girls race and the 7th finisher from Cleveland to guarantee herself a place at the nationals! Over at Darlington parkrun Mike Jeffries was the 2nd finisher this week (17:10), with Dave Hack just behind in 3rd and a big new pb (17:15), Ken Harker was 6th (17:50), Mark Crawford in 10th and another huge pb by over 9 minutes (18:30). Jeremy Pattison was 16th (19:21), Shona Fletcher 18th (19:35), Shaun Purkiss in 29th (20:08) and a seasons best and a return for Laura Dunphy in 291st (34:17). Dan Holdsworth was testing himself at Fountains Abbey with an excellent 2nd (17:18). Simon Withers was also in pb form (21:09) in 15th and Andy Everard was 35th (22:49) at Sedgefield parkrun.

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Decision on Richmond CCTV ‘within a few weeks’

Councillors looking at the issue of installing CCTV in Richmond are still weeks away from a decision, according to a report considered last week.

Richmondshire District Council’s overview and scrutiny have been looking into the issue since July following a petition in Richmond signed by more than 900 people following the death of Andrew Jackson.

The report which to members last week reveals progress to date – two meetings plus a visit to the Control Room at Hambleton Council’s Civic Centre on 10 December to view their CCTV operation.

Councillor Richard Blows says:

Information has been gathered on the likely costs and feasibility of different approaches to CCTV implementation, were this to be required. The approaches examined include reinstalling all the fixed cameras in Richmond as previously or reinstalling a reduced but still viable number of cameras (five) in Richmond – options for the siting such cameras have been produced. It has been established that the previous CCTV infrastructure (i.e. dedicated fibre optic links) between Richmond and the MoD control room still remain in place and could be reused, thus mitigating some of the costs.

In addition, the deployment of mobile CCTV cameras has been considered for use both for static recording at particular sites of concern or active remote surveillance – there are three such cameras at present deployed by Safer Richmondshire across Hambleton and Richmond and support for the monitoring and deployment is conducted by Hambleton CCTV service manager. However, funding for the Partnership is due to expire by 2017, and officers will bring a report on the implications of this and possible successor arrangements by next summer.

The committee is waiting to see if Richmond Town Council might fund the scheme and also looking for information the Business Association and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

Cllr Blows concludes: “Subject to responses to the inquiries which are currently underway, I anticipate that
the Task Group will conclude its investigations in the next few weeks and that a report summarising the findings will be prepared for consideration.”