Peaceful first / twentieth date venue away from the hustle and bustle of…the rest of London.
Snuggled away in Greenwich, you might see the Rivington by default as a ‘destination restaurant’. But, just a short walk from the river and minutes from some stunning views of the city juxtaposed with the magnificence of the Old Royal Naval College (a tip for the for the post-dinner stroll), it’s a destination worth heading for.
Clientele is an equal combination of blissful couples and happy families, and the layout is ‘just so’ – as my date called it, ‘as a restaurant should be’. I imagine that even on the busiest of nights you wouldn’t be distracted by any other table than the one at which you are sat. Assuming your date is a hottie, that has to be a good thing.
Start with some bubbly, some oysters and some chat before perusing the menu and enlisting your charming waiter Oliver to advise on the extensive wine list.
My date’s devilled lamb’s kidneys were gorgeous and full of flavour, while I opted for the mixed beetroot, pickled walnuts & goat’s cheese salad. To follow: seared Isle of Mull scallops, Old Spot bacon and black pudding – the biggest, sweetest scallops I have ever had, on a satisfying bed of potato puree. If you’re after a steak, I’d recommend going for the best on the menu here, a 32 day aged Hereford rib eye steak with chips and Bearnaise.
You probably won’t need a dessert, but there’s never any harm in sharing an apple & blackberry crumble or honeycomb ice cream with hot toffee sauce.
The real way to finish off: a G&T, expertly selected from Rivington’s extensive four-page gin menu.
If you’re a city worker, getting to Greenwich is a doddle. If you’re really wanting to make an impression, though, meet at a bar around Docklands (we like The Oiler Bar) before whisking them off on the Emirates Cable Car to soak up the London skyline.
Once you’re at the restaurant, aim for a table upstairs on the edge of the balcony for some date night seclusion with a view.
If the night has been a success, the Picturehouse next door is currently doing a 9pm showing of Lobster. Alternatively, that walk by the Cutty Sark will have your date truly disarmed.
Sadly not quite close enough to home to become a regular.
4. By the time that first oyster had slipped down, he’d lost his head and I went weak at the knees. (“Poor little oysters.”) This is the place for a romantic night with your other half / soon-to-be other half.