The River Café (London)

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Coordinates: 51°29′2″N 0°13′27″W / 51.48389°N 0.22417°W / 51.48389; -0.22417

The River Café
The River Café

The River Café is a restaurant in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London, specialising in Italian cuisine. It was owned and run by chefs Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray until Gray's death in 2010; since then, Rogers has been the sole owner and has run the restaurant.


The restaurant is located on the north bank of the Thames in Hammersmith, in the former Duckhams oil storage facility. The facility was modified to alternative use by architect Lord Rogers, who is the husband of Ruth Rogers (Lady Rogers). (The nearest railway station is Hammersmith tube station). The restaurant originally opened in 1987[1] as the employee café of the architectural partnership. The restaurant has a garden area with views of the River Thames.

Culinary direction[edit]

Inside the River Cafe

Signature dishes include: wild mushroom risotto; Dover sole and John Dory smoked in the restaurant's own wood stove; and rich Italian desserts including lemon almond cake and the chocolate "Nemesis" cake.

The restaurant earned a Michelin star in 1997 and is critically acclaimed, although sometimes criticised for high pricing.[2]

The River Café is also notable for the number of successful chefs that have trained in its kitchens. These include Theo Randall, Sam and Sam Clark of Moro, Ed Baines of Randall & Aubin, April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig in New York, Jessica Boncutter of Bar Jules in San Francisco, Steve Parle of The Dock Kitchen (London), Steve Beadle of The Hove Kitchen (Brighton) and celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ben O'Donoghue and Tobie Puttock.[citation needed]

Cookery books and recognition[edit]

Gray and Rogers have written six cookbooks, including Italian Easy and The London River Café Cook Book. Their first book, Italian Country Cookbook won the Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year and the BCA Illustrated Book of the Year award. Rogers and Gray have since presented a 12-part series for Channel 4, The Italian Kitchen.[citation needed]

Rogers and Gray each were named in the 2010 New Year's Honours List as Members of the British Empire (MBE) with the citation "for services to the Hospitality Industry".[3]

On 28 February 2010,[4] Gray died aged 71 of cancer.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff, SquareMeal. "The River Café". Squaremeal. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  3. ^ New Year's Honours list 2010 Archived 22 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Bennett, Ronan (28 February 2010). "Rose Gray obituary". Retrieved 9 January 2018 – via 
  5. ^ "River Cafe's Rose Gray dies at 71". 1 March 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2018 – via 

Further reading[edit]

  • Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers - The River Café Cook Book (Ebury Press, 1996) ISBN 0-09-181255-0

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