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High Street Update

Work is nearing completion for the return of The Railway name next to Teddington Station. Owners have invested in a substantial refurbishment that has opened up the main bar area leaving it more spacious, hiding away storage, moving the gents upstairs and also installing a completely new kitchen including dedicated pizza ovens.

Upstairs the chic furnishings in the main dining room will include this fab conversation chair and private dining & function rooms can be reserved for corporate groups or friends and family to privately dine or watch their favourite TV program as a group!

Opening at the weekend (will be open from 5pm Friday 21st June), the gastro pub will serve rustic European seasonal food sourced from select quality farms and fish suppliers alongside an excellent real ale, craft beers and a fine wine selection. As well as pub favourites doors will open early for breakfast and a grab-and-go menu.

The now-renamed Railway (work in progress) – more pics here of the refurb work

The Fallow Deer vintage tea room has been open just over a week now and has been packing in locals curious to experience the 1940’s ambiance, breakfasts, brunches, lunches and sweet treats. Fresh, locally sourced produce is used to create different cakes daily, special dishes as well as traditional Victoria Sponge to accompany a proper good old cup of tea served in ornate china.

Greggs Bakers closed on the 1st of June, leaving this unit empty along with Dreams opposite. After the recent occupation by squatters, the landlord has now submitted plans to turn the office space above the ex-Bottoms Up into dwellings, leaving the retail unit available to let.

Moiduls restaurant might soon need a trophy cabinet to hold all of the awards won recently – in addition to Best of Richmond’s ‘Most loved businesses in town’, they have been proudly displaying awards for ‘Best Asian Restaurant in London 2012’, ‘Best South Asian Restaurant, London Suburbs’ and ‘BCA Caterer of the year 2012’.
Shambles have also recently won Employer of the Year Award 2013 for supporting local apprentices in Richmond upon Thames.

Recently granted planning permission, Halfords Autocentre in Teddington Business Park was opened by Vince Cable on the 7th of June and the business has already taken on two apprentice staff. Perkins Health replaced New Generation on Broad Street six months ago and now have new signage to show the new name – they offer beauty, slimming and health services.

Retro have produced this fabulous video with head chef and Vincent waxing lyrical about what makes their food and ambience so special and how their general philosophy is quite simple – ‘fun’! Food at Retro is unique, seasonal, traditional french cuisine with a modern twist and on the last Tuesday of every month high-profile jazz musicians from Ronnie Scotts play at their jazz nights and the West End visits the this part of South West London.
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The fight against the proposed Sainsbury’s at the Calligaris site is still continuing, Richmond Council have pushed the date for this committee hearing until possibly the 11th or 25 of July. In a separate case also in the Conservation Area, Richmond Council have acted to enforce planning regulations, asking owners of Canta Napoli to restore the previous shop-front to the building of townscape merit before the end of June or face a fine of £10,000, potentially threatening the survival of this businesses.


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