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Where to Eat When Campaigning in Richmond Park

Sustenance for before, during, and after canvassing in the south-west London constituency

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The most marginal of London marginals — current Tory MP Zac Goldsmith has a majority of just 45. Forty. Five. Get pounding those pavements, canvassers. As a constituency Richmond Park itself stretches all the way from Hammersmith and Chiswick in the north to New Malden in the south, which makes for a broad (and delicious) range of refuelling options.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Antipodea Kew

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9 Station Approach
London TW9 3QB, UK

Golden chorizo-folded eggs, fluffy syrup-soaked blueberry pancakes, poached Burford Browns with hung chilli yoghurt and toasted pide, and a crisp stack of sweetcorn fritters with tomato jam, aioli and bacon: this all-day Australian brasserie does brunch brilliantly.

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2. Pizzeria Rustica

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32 The Quadrant
Richmond TW9 1DN, UK

Every Richmonder knows this place, for good reason: it’s buzzy and fairly priced, and serves enormous, perfectly cooked pies. The Devil’s Workshop (salami, three chillies, Pugliese tomatoes and Fiore di Latte) will put a spring in your step, while the Piggy does what it says on the tin/menu. Decent negronis, too, for toasting a successful day’s door-knocking.

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3. Beirut Street Kitchen

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7 George St
Richmond TW9 1HU, UK

This Tardis-like flatbread specialist cooks them to order in its oven, turning them into substantial and heartily delicious Lebanese wraps: a falafel or kofta one, tangy with pickles and overflowing with sauces, salads and extras, makes for perfect campaigning fuel. Manakish, Lebanese pizzas, are another winner. Buy some baklava for later.

4. Danieli On The Green

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13 The Green
Richmond TW9 1PX, UK

Zone 3 is home to one of London’s best-loved gelato specialists, and whatever the forecast, it’s never too cold for a couple of scoops on the campaign trail. Richmond legend Danieli’s parlour on the Green is a Wonka-esque paradise, serving up every flavour imaginable, from pistachio and amaretto to ricotta-pear and marzipan with chocolate.

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5. Ole & Steen

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59 George St
Richmond TW9 1HE, UK

Anyone for a cinnamon swirl? The Richmond outpost of the Scandi bakery chain has it all: lavishly topped open sandwiches, densely squidgy brownies, rye rolls, buns in abundance and whopping panini for toasting. Good coffee, too.

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6. Chango

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3 Paved Ct
Richmond TW9 1LZ, UK

Chango’s handmade, oven-baked and impressively well-stuffed empanadas are portable (and available at one or two markets around south-west London), but for a mid-canvassing rest, head here. Order beef or spicy chicken with salsa criolla for dunking, but save space for alfajores de maizena: cornflout biscuits stuffed with dulce de leche and coconut.

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7. Matsuba

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10 Red Lion St
Richmond TW9 1RW, UK

Off the main drag, Matsuba makes for an elegant lunchtime option. Alongside bento boxes, tempura, nigri and sushi sets (the Spider Roll with soft-shell crab is especially excellent), the Korean-run restaurant offers substantial rice-based dishes like beef bulgogi and bibimbap.

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8. Petersham Nurseries

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Petersham Nurseries
Richmond TW10 7AQ, UK

Up there with the best cafes in London, this one. Before or after a day ringing doorbells or stuffing letterboxes, the aspirational-bucolic surrounds of the original Petersham Nurseries are the perfect place to enjoy some seasonal Italian food, revelling in a menu of bountiful produce and virtuous sourcing.

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9. Imone

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169 High St
New Malden KT3 4BH, UK

This is, accoding to many, the best Korean restaurant in New Malden, and the best dishes on the menu are fish based. Saengsun jjim is a showstopper, a whole whiting in a deeply savoury, spicy sauce, leavened by herbaceous and bitter chrysanthemum greens, while maeungtang has a cleanness and restraint that the very best Korean broths have, backed by a dry anchovy kick and more pearlescent fish.

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1. Antipodea Kew

9 Station Approach, London TW9 3QB, UK
Instagram/@thegreedylondoner

Golden chorizo-folded eggs, fluffy syrup-soaked blueberry pancakes, poached Burford Browns with hung chilli yoghurt and toasted pide, and a crisp stack of sweetcorn fritters with tomato jam, aioli and bacon: this all-day Australian brasserie does brunch brilliantly.

9 Station Approach
London TW9 3QB, UK

2. Pizzeria Rustica

32 The Quadrant, Richmond TW9 1DN, UK
Instagram/@richmonderfoodie

Every Richmonder knows this place, for good reason: it’s buzzy and fairly priced, and serves enormous, perfectly cooked pies. The Devil’s Workshop (salami, three chillies, Pugliese tomatoes and Fiore di Latte) will put a spring in your step, while the Piggy does what it says on the tin/menu. Decent negronis, too, for toasting a successful day’s door-knocking.

32 The Quadrant
Richmond TW9 1DN, UK

3. Beirut Street Kitchen

7 George St, Richmond TW9 1HU, UK

This Tardis-like flatbread specialist cooks them to order in its oven, turning them into substantial and heartily delicious Lebanese wraps: a falafel or kofta one, tangy with pickles and overflowing with sauces, salads and extras, makes for perfect campaigning fuel. Manakish, Lebanese pizzas, are another winner. Buy some baklava for later.

7 George St
Richmond TW9 1HU, UK

4. Danieli On The Green

13 The Green, Richmond TW9 1PX, UK
Instagram/@gelateria_danieli

Zone 3 is home to one of London’s best-loved gelato specialists, and whatever the forecast, it’s never too cold for a couple of scoops on the campaign trail. Richmond legend Danieli’s parlour on the Green is a Wonka-esque paradise, serving up every flavour imaginable, from pistachio and amaretto to ricotta-pear and marzipan with chocolate.

13 The Green
Richmond TW9 1PX, UK

5. Ole & Steen

59 George St, Richmond TW9 1HE, UK
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Anyone for a cinnamon swirl? The Richmond outpost of the Scandi bakery chain has it all: lavishly topped open sandwiches, densely squidgy brownies, rye rolls, buns in abundance and whopping panini for toasting. Good coffee, too.

59 George St
Richmond TW9 1HE, UK

6. Chango

3 Paved Ct, Richmond TW9 1LZ, UK
Instagram/@malzito.89

Chango’s handmade, oven-baked and impressively well-stuffed empanadas are portable (and available at one or two markets around south-west London), but for a mid-canvassing rest, head here. Order beef or spicy chicken with salsa criolla for dunking, but save space for alfajores de maizena: cornflout biscuits stuffed with dulce de leche and coconut.

3 Paved Ct
Richmond TW9 1LZ, UK

7. Matsuba

10 Red Lion St, Richmond TW9 1RW, UK
Instagram/@charmervee

Off the main drag, Matsuba makes for an elegant lunchtime option. Alongside bento boxes, tempura, nigri and sushi sets (the Spider Roll with soft-shell crab is especially excellent), the Korean-run restaurant offers substantial rice-based dishes like beef bulgogi and bibimbap.

10 Red Lion St
Richmond TW9 1RW, UK

8. Petersham Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond TW10 7AQ, UK
Petersham Nurseries Richmond Marimo Images

Up there with the best cafes in London, this one. Before or after a day ringing doorbells or stuffing letterboxes, the aspirational-bucolic surrounds of the original Petersham Nurseries are the perfect place to enjoy some seasonal Italian food, revelling in a menu of bountiful produce and virtuous sourcing.

Petersham Nurseries
Richmond TW10 7AQ, UK

9. Imone

169 High St, New Malden KT3 4BH, UK
Instagram/@joypetitpois

This is, accoding to many, the best Korean restaurant in New Malden, and the best dishes on the menu are fish based. Saengsun jjim is a showstopper, a whole whiting in a deeply savoury, spicy sauce, leavened by herbaceous and bitter chrysanthemum greens, while maeungtang has a cleanness and restraint that the very best Korean broths have, backed by a dry anchovy kick and more pearlescent fish.

169 High St
New Malden KT3 4BH, UK

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