The opening of Scott’s Richmond in Autumn 2022 marks the beginning of a new chapter. Scott’s of Mount Street, Mayfair, has defined London dining through countless changing decades and has a sparkling, storied past that is the stuff of local legend. Now it is expanding into a new location for the first time, the scene is set for a decadent new narrative. Sited on a westward meander of the Thames, some 15 winding river miles upstream of central London, Richmond has a history and magic all its own. Weeping willows caress the water with supple branches and herds of deer range freely amid the splendour of the royal park, just as they did when Elizabeth, I surveyed them from the grounds of Richmond Palace. Roaring into the town in a burst of champagne fizz, Scott’s will shake up its new riverside setting with a cocktail of old-world elegance and glamorous destination dining.
Scott’s Richmond will share the glamorous DNA of its London cousin, designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. In an elegant ground-floor dining room of polished parquet, glinting chandeliers and discreetly blinded windows, a marble-topped champagne and oyster bar takes centre stage. Rising from its centre, a sinuous stone plinth offers up a glittering display of seafood on diamond shards of ice. Smartly waistcoated staff are prepped to weave among sweeping banquettes and flanks of linen-clad tables, bearing silver platters to awaiting guests – at Scott’s the service is as exceptional as the food. A wood-panelled, richly upholstered first-floor bar and restaurant adds another characterful dining space. And the prime al-fresco real estate of the Richmond terrace is sure to capture the imagination of aspirational locals, just as its Mount Street counterpart has.
Scott’s Richmond will share the glittering heritage and consummate experience of the famous Mayfair original – enlivened through the subtle alchemy of place and a new cast of characters who will no doubt create many new tales to tell in the decades to come.