River Bar And Grill
Kevin has just told me that the River Bar and Grill at Wood Wharf is to be liquidated on Monday.
I feel sad for the place as I truly believe that he intended it to be a fabulous venue. I know there were noise issues, but I can’t help feeling that turning it from being a restaurant to a ‘venue’ was a way of trying to keep going before he got the kitchens together.
Perhaps it was a timing thing. Until the giant development next door creates a follow through for the Thames Path, there just isn’t the footfall going past. I went in several times to try to buy dinner before they opened the place as a restaurant, and ended up having drinks there and it was dead (though I understand it livened up later in the evenings). Sadly I never made it once it did start serving food.
I have a feeling that this place will lie fallow for a while now, much as the dead SE10 round the corner awaits a new owner. Much depends on the building of the development next door, which has also, I understand, faltered. But they’ve done the really hard work there – the foundations – so I have high hopes it will pick up soon. Kevin laid the groundwork, sadly he won’t be reaping the rewards.
When there’s actually a Thames Path (and that will rely on the Section 106 bridgelet crossing the Creek) there will be much more footfall and the opportunity for a world class destination restaurant (in Phantom fantasy-land, at least…)