No.1 Duke Street is one of those locations that always sticks with you. After visiting last year for a social shoot (when you see the interior you’ll see why it’s perfect), I kept meaning to look into to going back to eat after enviously looking on at the most delicious plates of food.
Located just off Richmond High Street, it’s the perfect spot for Sunday lunch. Full of botanicals, white marble tables, and a bar full of every spirit under the sun, you’ll never want to leave. Oh and it’s pretty damn photogenic too.
A quick research and lots of gluten free options are available. Although not labelled on the main menu, on arrival our menu was personally marked really clearly what we could order. Speaking to the waitress, this is something they always do to make sure everything is super easy for every guest and allowing smooth running of orders.
With gluten free bread and burger buns available, lots of brunch dishes were on the cards. Platters of meat, cheese and bread were also go, as were mussels, salads, steaks and other meat dishes. Not to mention cocktails, gluten free Peroni and a selection of desserts(!!)
Due to this, it took us a long while to figure out what we were going to order. It’s been a while since I’ve had so much choice!
In the end we went for –
Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz
2 x No1 House Burgers with cheddar
2 x House Made Fries
White Chocolate Panna Cotta
Pear and Blackberry Crumble
Thinking back to the most stand-out element of our meal, and every time I go to write, I change my mind! One thing you can take as a whole from eating at No.1 Duke Street is the quality of the produce, and this is probably why I can’t pin point one part that was the highlight. Everything was the highlight.
The meat in the burger was probably one of the best I’ve ever had – perfectly seasoned and with a lovely toasted gluten free bun. As we all know, gluten free bread is never great at staying together, so eating my burger with a knife and fork was needed! That’s not to say the taste wasn’t up to scratch though.
The burger sauce that accompanied both dishes was lovely, as were the garlic greens we ordered as a side dish. The clue is in the name – garlic heaven. A mixture of kale, cauliflower and courgette ribbons, it was a nice break in-between beef and bun.
Of course we had to squeeze in a dessert after hearing that the White Chocolate Panna Cotta was gluten free, and a gluten free Pear and Blackberry Crumble could be made. Safe to say we were stuffed, but it was all worth it.
To drink, it had to be the Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz cocktail. A jug. With Tanqueray gin. Because it was Sunday and we deserved it. The jug was well worth it, lasting throughout the whole meal, and the perfect taste for the botanical interiors. We later finished our drinks out in the front facing garden area with a much needed heater, before heading back into central London.
For me, No.1 Duke Street really does have it all. Great quality food, the loveliest of locations (perfect for a spot of shopping afterwards or wander through Kew Gardens), a great understanding of allergies, cocktails to die for and beautiful interiors. We’ll definitely be returning.
Thanks again to everyone at No.1 Duke Street for our lovely meal. As always, all opinions are my own.