Images above: Restaurants in Devonshire Rd; Napoli on the Road and Casa Dino
Restaurants and cafes are allowed to open and serve food and drink outside as of Monday 12 April 2021.
Many eateries which didn’t have outside seating before have now applied for licences to allow them to have tables outside, especially as what was formerly road space has been co-opted to create more pavement space for pedestrians to pass with social distancing. Several restaurants in Devonshire Rd have taken advantage of the road being closed to through traffic to serve customers outside, Napoli on the Road and Casa Dino among them.
Images above: The Duke of Sussex, on the corner of Acton Lane and South Parade; High Rd Brasserie on Chiswick High Rd
Chiswick is blessed with quite a few places which already had outside space. The Duke of Sussex has the greatest natural advantage, with its large beer garden, closely followed by the Lamb and the High Rd Brasserie with its pavement terrace and The Roebuck, which we all thought had been lost to the High Rd when its parent company folded, but it has lived to fight another day.
Images above: The Lamb; The Crown
The Crown too has a comfortable sized internal courtyard, with a canopy to keep off the rain.
The riverside pubs have always made the most of a bit of seating outside, where it’s nice to sit and watch life on the river. The City Barge turned its car park into an outside seating area in the summer of 2020. As well as the riverside pubs the Bull’s Head, City Barge and Bell and Crown, which have served the riverside for decades, Strand on the Green now also boasts the Steam Packet, sister pub to The Roebuck, which has also mercifully survived 2020.
Images above: The Steam Packet, Strand on the Green, the City Barge from the River Thames; The City Barge from Thames Rd
Image above: Mari Deli, Chiswick Mall
Mari Deli, run by Mario and his mother Maria, have some outside seating beside their corner shop on Chiswick Mall. They are both a delicatessen shop and a cafe / restaurant.
Since July 2020, when food places were allowed to serve food outside, there has been a rash of licence applications for licences for outside seating. Shared top prize for squeezing a seat into a small space goes to Hack & Veldt and Pizza Treat, both of which have a small bench outside their premises. You’d probably want to be not only living in the same bubble but sleeping together to want to share it, as the benches are pretty snug, but the thought is there.
Images above: Pizza Treat and Hack & Veldt on Turnham Green Terrace
Scientists have found that Covid-19 does not spread as easily in an outside environment compared with how it spreads indoors, so outdoor markets are also proliferating. Chiswick gained a food market in September 2020, at Ravenscourt Park, which is due to reopen on 17 April and the first monthly Cheese Market is due to open on 16 May.
All being well, most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted on 17 May and indoor hospotality will reopen. As in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will however have to order, eat and drink while seated.
Images above: Outside seating at Clayton Hotel Chiswick; Faamoos and Connollys Irish pub
Images above: Kuyamoto; The Hothouse cafe and The Italians in Chiswick High Rd
Images above: Wild Bunch; Gail’s; Waft coffee
Images above: the two Cafe Neros
Images above: Hotel Chocolat; Angie’s Little Food Shop
Images above: Kalamari; D Grande Tex Mex restaurant
Images above: Fouberts; Chief coffee; Cote Brasserie on Turnham Green Terrace
Images above: The Post Room cafe; Avanti, Bedford Corner
Images above: Laveli’s Bakery, South Parade; Swan pub, Acton Lane
Images above: Rhythm & Brews cafe, Wellesley Rd; Tabard pub, Bath Rd
Images above: Queen’s Head, Sutton Lane North; Station House, Grove Park
Images above: Bull’s Head; Bell & Crown, Strand on the Green
Photography by Joanna and Nick Raikes and Matt Smith
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