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The long-awaited return to eating out is finally over. We can even be seated indoors in bars and restaurants once again. We’ve put together a short list of some of our favourite places in SW London and Surrey. Perfect for meeting up over long-awaited lunches with friends and family, romantic dinners and catch-ups over drinks this summer. You are sure to enjoy the tastiest of meals where ever you dine in these summer restaurants. Wondering where to eat and drink this summer, solved!

Don Luis – Spanish tapas and Argentinian steaks in Esher

This indulgent tapas and steak restaurant has just opened in the heart of Esher. Their vast selection of authentic Spanish and Argentinian dishes will tantalise the taste buds and will ensure you return again and again to sample the full menu. Whether you fancy patatas bravas, sizzling gambas or succulent steak Don Luis caters for all. Serving only authentic and best possible quality ingredients from Spain and Argentina spiced up with lively music and warm ambience to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all. 

10 High Street, Esher KT10 9RT | 01372 202197 

Delicious tapas at Don Luis
Fratelli Delicatessen – a little piece of Italy in the heart of North Kingston

Missing Italy this summer? Head over to Fratelli’s for a coffee or a delicious lunch prepared by owner Antonio who has years of experience as a chef at London’s top Italian restaurants. As well as creating fantastic food he is more than happy to suggest perfect ingredients or give great advice on any of your cooking queries.

You’ll find a well-stocked deli counter, Italian groceries and also a broad selection of wine, including some of the finest vintage Italian wine. 10% off a case of six bottles of wine, valid until 31 July. 

57 Park Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6DB  | 020 8549 8021  | fratellidelicatessen.com

Fratelli Delicatessen owners Antoinetta and Antoni
Roz Ana – award-winning Indian cuisine in Kingston

If you have not yet tried the award winning Roz Ana in Kingston yet, you definitely should. Over the last 13 years it has become the place to go for the best in authentic regional Indian food from across the sub-continent. Check out some very special dishes; coconut soft shell crab from Goa, chicken tikka masala in a sauce laced with Laphroaig whisky, chocolate samosas to name a few. At the bottom of Kingston Hill, away from the busy town centre, it’s a smart but casual spot for relaxing with cocktails, great wines and the most addictive of cuisines.  

4-8 Kingston Hill KT2 7NH | 0208 546 6388  | roz-ana.com

Fine Indian dining – Roz Ana
The Retreat Kitchen, a vegan gem in Richmond

Food for your heart and soul. The Retreat Kitchen is hugely popular for a reason as this independent plant based cafe is one of a kind. It occupies an unassuming spot on Richmond’s Hill Rise and is a perfect place to truly unwind. Maggie and Claire have created a warm, open and friendly cafe in which to enjoy their homemade creations. Whether you are in a mood for a healthy salad and fresh juice or a jackfruit chilli hot dog and some delicious cake, you’ll leave feeling happy and nourished.

16 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UA | 020 8127 0700 | theretreatkitchen.co.uk

Vegan dishes to die for – The Retreat Kitchen

Riverside Walk – six incredible restaurants with spectacular riverside views 

If you’re looking for where to eat and drink this summer, Riverside Walk, by Kingston Bridge, hosts six restaurants offering diverse cuisine that are ideal for any occasion, from early morning breakfast to late dinners, and caters for all taste buds with a great variety of cuisines.

There is plenty of outdoor seating available making it the perfect setting during the long summer days for alfresco dining and watching the sun go down over the river.

Restaurants:  Bill’s, Busaba, Chakra, Comptoir Libanais, Côte Brasserie, Haché Riverside Social.

www.riversidewalkkingston.co.uk | KT1 1QN

Bill’s by Kingston Bridge – one of the Riverside Walk restaurants
Stein’s Berlin – modern German in South Kensington

Stein’s Berlin is a new and exciting city addition to the well loved and family owned group of Stein’s Bavarian restaurants in Kingston and Richmond. A mix of a modern contemporary interior and an elegant Grade 2 listed building create a sophisticated yet relaxed place for authentic German food, beer and wine from all its different regions. The bar also mixes fantastic cocktails and serve even coffee and cake any time of the day. You can drink and dine outside too in their fantastic covered and heated terrace overlooking Princes Gardens.

You find Berlin on Exhibition Road, overlooking Princess Gardens near Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums. 

51 Princes Gate (entrance on Exhibition Road), South Kensington, London SW7 2PH | 0203 968 4600 berlininkensington.stein-s.com

Berlin’s terrace overlooking Princess Gardens

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