One of the area’s best-kept secrets, Richmond Vault offers high quality dining and an amazing array of local and international beers
If you’ve never ventured down the exterior stairs of Richmond Vault, you’ll probably be very surprised. Located under two Georgian buildings, it is far from the gloomy cellar dive that you might expect to find. Rather, it’s a spacious multi-level labyrinth full of cosy nooks and crannies.
Charles Rahbani, the young entrepreneur who co-runs the friendly family business, is a man who really knows his beers – both local and international – and he’s always on the look-out for unique, seasonal ales. The Vault’s bar currently stocks over 80 bottled craft beers and 12 rotational cask or keg ales on tap; customers are always welcome to sample the tap beers before making a final decision on their drink of choice.
Charles is fortunate to have the support of his father, John, in managing the Vault. John himself is a successful restaurateur with many years experience and he’s always on-hand to guide and advise and maintain standards.
In particular, John has focused on improving and refining the dining experience, adding new dishes to the menu and making sure that all the ingredients are the very best quality. He particularly recommends the mouthwatering Lamb Shank, the BBQ ribs – they are always a favourite – and the Mussels in Four Flavours.
All of these dishes perfectly accompany the huge range of beers; indeed, matching food and beer has become something of a sport among the Vault’s regulars. As well as the excellent food and beers, a superb selection of fine wines and a wide range of tempting cocktails are also always available.
At the weekend (starting on Friday nights) the Vault hosts popular live music sessions that add to the wonderful atmosphere, whether you’re having a drink at the bar, enjoying a meal or hosting a big party. ‘We often find that even long-time Richmond residents don’t know about us,’ says Charles. ‘So, we’d love them to come for a drink, a meal or just for a pre-theatre or Filmhouse stop-off.’
Richmond Vault Beer Cellar and Restaurant
5 Hill Street, TW9 1SX
020 8332 0055