Paul Critcher goes from Rio To Bosco, explores bees on the roof of John Lewis and goes pubbing this August
Rio To Bosco
It might all be kicking off in Brazil this summer with the Olympics in town, but a touch of Rio magic is lighting up Surbiton in the shape of new chef Davi, who has now brought his Brazilian cooking style to Hotel Bosco & Lounge. Football loving Davi scores heavily in the food stakes having been brought up cooking street food at Rio’s famous carnival. He’s now put together a fantastic menu including Avruga caviar and Severn & Wye smoked salmon. ‘I’ve also sourced the most succulent South American steaks,’ says Davi.
John Lewis Partners get up to all sorts of weird and wonderful activities as part of the group’s Corporate and Social Responsibility programme, but who’d have thought that up above Kingston town centre one of the store’s 12 roof terraces is home to two beehives looked after by two partners who have been specially trained as apiarists by the Kingston Beekeepers Association. The hives have now been in place for three years and last year made enough honeycomb to create 180 pots of honey, which were auctioned off to partners for Barnardo’s children’s charity. The bees spend most of their time over the river at Bushy Park pollinating acacia and hawthorn trees. With bees under threat across the UK, it’s hoped that more companies will follow John Lewis’ lead and host their own hives.
The Black Horse
Located on the roundabout at the end of Park Road and the bottom of Kingston Hill, this pub has recently had its original name reinstated. And that’s not the only thing that’s changed, as there’s been a big push to welcome new clientele, with a complete refurb, family friendly menus and a games room with Foosball, dartboard and pinball machine. It’s a big and welcome change – great to see a Kingston being updated rather than torn down.
The Queen’s Head
Another Kingston boozer that’s had a makeover is the Queen’s Head on Richmond Road. This Fullers pub offers modern European dishes including 28-day aged shorthorn rib-eye, Loch Duart salmon and Dorset White lamb cutlets. And, even better for people on the look out for decent accommodation in town, the pub now has ten beautiful boutique bedrooms.