Bars, restaurants and shops in Richmond that have yet to reopen

By The Editor

17th Aug 2020 | Local News

The town centre in Richmond is recovering after shutting down for months due to Covid-19.

It has been heartening to report on the reopenings of so many businesses.

But there are still a number of bars, shops, pubs and restaurants that remain closed.


The pub in Water Lane has not yet publicly announced its reopening plans.

A message in its window says it is "now closed for the forseeable future" and that it "looks forward to welcoming you back to the pub when it reopens".

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Thai Square

"We are temporarily closed due to flooding," a message in the window tells customers.

"Reopening very soon. Find our nearest branch at Thai Square Putney Bridge."

The restaurant's website says: "Thai Square Richmond is temporarily closed until further notice. Meanwhile, you can still find other locations available in most areas for takeaway orders as well as delivery service on Deliveroo."

Flight Centre

Flight Centre told Richmond Nub News about its "innovative" plans to reopen their store in The Quadrant in September.

"Along with a new model we have of a virtual network of consultants and an 'associates', it will allow our customers to interact with us in ways they prefer," the company said.

"We are excited about the new options this gives us nationwide and we are working on some innovative new plans to bring this to life further."

One Kew Road

The latest update on the bar's website reads: "We are temporarily closed but can't wait to welcome you back with open arms and a glass of something delicious soon!

"While we may not be together in person, we hope you'll stay with us online – we are still active on our social channels so please join us."


Saffron is a petite Persian restaurant in the town centre.

"Following government advice regarding Covid-19 pandemic, and our growing concern for the health and safety of our customers and staff, we will be closed until further notice," its latest message on its website says.

We have contacted the restaurant and hope to be able to give you some good news about it soon.

The Duke

"We are closed," a notice in the window reads.

"During the challenging trading conditions which are unfortunately impacting the hospitality business in a hugely negative way at the moment, we've sadly taken the difficult decision to close the Duke until further notice.

"We're sorry, and we'll miss you, and we hope to see you again on the other side.

"In the meantime: please look after yourselves and each other."


The financial struggles of Zizzi's parent company The Azzurri Group mean it will close 75 of its UK restaurants.

The company has not stated which branches will be affected. But, worryingly, the Richmond and Twickenham restaurants have been removed from the Zizzi website.

Kiss the Hippo

Kiss the Hippo, a coffee shop in George Street, is yet to reopen - but there are positive signs.

Employees have been inside the shop over the past few days and the lights are back on.

We'll keep you posted on developments with all of these businesses. If you have news you'd like to tell us, please email [email protected]

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