The Rock and Rose has taken Richmond’s Kew Road by storm. This place is literally amazing. Its mantra is “food, passion, glamour” and it certainly knows how to live up to its word.
Opulent, girly, punk glam, sparkling are just a few words to describe the restaurant’s interior. The wallpaper is covered in Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen style roses, black beaded chandeliers hang above the tables, a huge union jack is pinned across one wall, piles of sequinned and studded cushions are strewn around, gothic candelabras teeter on the table tops, gigantic vases spill flowers across the bar, the seating mixes black leather recliners with Louis XVI style thrones and perhaps my favourite feature is the flamboyant, bright pink, leather sofa gracing the centre of the room. This mix-match of finds gives The Rock and Rose a quirky feel, yet it maintains sophistication… it is truly beautiful.
…The food is comfort with a twist…
It’s hard to stop gazing around and actually look at the menu but when you do it grabs your full attention. The food is comfort with a twist. Like the décor, it mixes glamour with relaxation. As a dedicated calamari fan, it was a no brainer to opt for the chilli salt squid with sweet chilli dipping sauce. This was perfectly executed. The only mistake I made was being lured into a false sense of security by the “not so docile” fresh jalapeños. Following this I plumped for the lobster linguine, it was a tough call between this and the monkfish and prawn Thai curry, but when my plate arrived graced with a juicy half lobster I knew I’d made the right decision. We were, regrettably, unable to manage deserts but the menu had a great choice of retro puds including crème brulee and sticky toffee pudding- easily the perfect accompaniments to any dining experience.
As far as drinks are concerned, The Rock and Rose has an extensively stocked bar. The vodka, chilli and ginger martini caught my eye but unfortunately, as the designated driver, I was only able to sample a mocktail. Nonetheless, the pomegranate and blackberry mojito was a treat for the taste buds so I didn’t feel I had missed out too much!
…it does seem to be incredibly popular…
According to my worldly big brother this is the second best restaurant in Richmond and it does seem to be incredibly popular. The restaurant was packed and I would say that booking is definitely necessary. If you want to escape from the buzz of the main restaurant you can even book The Rock and Rose’s two function areas, The Funky Room and The Garden Room, which are cordoned off by luxuriously draped, velvet curtains. This might be wise for those seeking a slightly quieter environment as JLS and Bruno Mars were definitely playing loud enough to get us boogeying in our seats!
The Rock and Rose is fun and exciting. Dining here is definitely an experience- recognised by the fact that you can even pick up merchandise from behind the bar! Could the décor be classed as overly feminised? Does it border on tacky? NO, I love the decadence and I don’t see how anyone couldn’t, but maybe this isn’t one for a boys’ night out!
Images courtesy of The Rock and Rose