Henry’s Kitchen has been on our radar since it opened in June. The real Henry VIII’s kitchens are our favourite bit of Hampton Court Palace and we were keen to see a modern incarnation.
It’s located on a pretty street in Hampton Court filled with independent shops and cafes, the sort of place that’s perfect for a lazy weekend. It’s also an ideal place to eat after visiting Hampton Court Palace.
Henry’s Kitchen proudly displays its membership in The Sustainable Restaurant Organisation (thesra.org.) It uses all 14 areas set out by the SRA and the result is a restaurant that’s sustainable both environmentally and socially.
Some examples: Local food suppliers are used as much as possible. Fish is from sustainable fisheries. Table tops and wall claddings are reclaimed materials that were sourced locally. Equipment is energy efficient. Toilets flush with rainwater. Lightbulbs are LEDs. Menus are on recycled paper and printing is locally sourced. There’s fair treatment of staff. And certain menu items prompt a 50p donation to the Princess Alice Hospice (you guessed it, a local charity.)
And that’s not an exhaustive list!
The interior reflects its green credentials. It’s an understated, modern urban décor. Simple, uncluttered and nicely accented with flowers, fresh produce and baked goodies.
There’re also tables and chairs on the pavement in front, from where you can sit and admire the chimneys of Hampton Court Palace that’s just over the the bridge.
It’s always so disappointing when a restaurant has a great concept but is let down by the food. We’re please to report that definitely isn’t the case at Henry’s Kitchen – the food is delish!
We started with Hummus, guacamole & aubergine cavier dips with toasted bread £4.95. All were yummy, we especially loved the guacamole.
Lynn had the Chicken & chorizo fajita with guacamole, salsa and flour tortilla £13.95. It was beautifully presented with all the trimmings. The Spanish chorizo (as opposed to the Mexican version) was an interesting and excellent addition to the traditional fajitas.
Marie, in the mood for a salad, opted for the Grilled fresh salmon, oranges, grapefruit & mixed leaves £11.95. The fish was perfectly cooked and the salad full of really nice flavours. The citrus fruit made it very refreshing, yet it was filling.
They serve a handful of craft beers Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, which we’re guessing is the nearest brewery to the restaurant. It’s the second times in as many weeks we’ve come across this exciting – and delicious – new trend. Ann could no longer resist the temptation to try one. Chocolate Porter £4.25 – chocolate and beer in one glass, heaven!
To compliment the beer, she had the Rack of tender BBQ baby back ribs, coleslaw & chips £13.95. They were fantastic, the bbq sauce delicious and the chips were great. The all important bbq sauce was spot on. Mmm.
We couldn’t resist trying the desserts. Lynn & Marie decided to share a Coffee & Walnut – a soft coffee sponge topped and filled with coffee fudge icing and finished with pieces of walnut. Using fair trade coffee £4.85. It was full of flavour and the lime ‘dots’ were a lovely tasting addition to the cake.
Ann wasn’t interested in sharing. She wanted a dessert all to herself. The Eton Mess – Whipped cream and mascarpone with meringue pieces topped with fresh strawberries and fruit of forest compote £5.45. When it was served she went very quiet. We didn’t hear another peep out of her until her plate was practically licked clean. In other words, she liked it a lot.
Henry’s Kitchen seems to have it all, great location, food, decor plus a postive ethos. We can’t wait to go back!
Bridge road, Hampton Court, East Molesey, KT8 9HA
Street parking or use overpriced car park at the train station.
We were guests of Henry’s Kitchen but this is no way biased our review.
EXCITING NEWS – Henry’s Kitchen is going to open a second location, Henry’s Grill, in Esher (where Daylesford Organic used to be.)