The duo behind The Richmond in Hackney have confirmed that their pub and restaurant has stopped trading. It follows the announcement by Margaret Crow and Brett Redman that they would launch Neptune in the Principal Hotel in Bloomsbury next year.
Last week they posted from @therichmond_hackney’s Instagram account that they were “moving to Bloomsbury,” but a spokesperson for the operators confirmed to Eater London last night that the pub would no longer continue under the management of Redman and Crow.
Asked why they have decided to close the pub, Crow told Eater London: “Brett and I decided to close the Richmond because we want to give our all to our new project in Bloomsbury. We'd like to thank all of our customers at The Richmond over the past two years. We had a blast and hope to see you all over at Neptune in early 2018.”
Redman — who is believed to have other plans in the pipeline — is behind Elliot’s cafe and restaurant in Borough Market and Jidori — the Japanese yakitori restaurant on Kingsland Road in Dalston, which he co-owns with business partner Nat Lee Joe.
The Richmond, which occupied a corner site at the intersection of Queensbridge and Richmond Road, specialised in seafood and modern European gastropub food. It was taken over by Redman and Crow in March 2015.