I last went to The River Cafe in Hammersmith some years ago when I walked with a stick . All I remembered were some cobbled pavements and the lack of a parking space. This time I went by taxi in my wheelchair and was accompanied by Lieutenant No1.

I had told them about my chair and they put me near the front desk so that I wasn’t knocked about. I was also near the disabled toilet which was clean and spacious with plenty of bars. It also meant we could see everyone in the restaurant – no recession here! It was really busy and as a consequence very ‘buzzy’ which I like. The service was good and not intrusive. However, the food was the highlight, authentic Italian, not a bolognese sauce in sight. I had chilli squid which was exceptionally soft and easy to cut followed by a very tender monkfish. The wine I left to the sommelier and it was excellent – Pinot Bianco 2010, Cantina Terlano. The Lieutenant couldn’t get enough of his Tagliatelle and raved about the seabass. The way everything was cooked i.e. with the right amount of seasoning and no heavy sauces, meant it felt very healthy. As a result we went for it on the dessert front – Walnut cake and Chocolate Nemesis!

A very pleasant and easy experience. Oh and I forgot to say the Lieutenant  pointed out that Tom Ford and some guy from Arsenal (David Dein) were there. This for me, being a fashionista, was the  ‘icing on a very scrumptious cake’ – (Tom Ford that is, not the Arsenal guy)!!

Update on disabled Parking  – There is valet parking at weekends and in the evenings. During office hours throughout the week the parking lot is not available as it is the property of a neighbouring business.  We would try if there is space to get a disabled person’s car in, but it can’t be guaranteed – it’s at their discretion.  So there is only parking in the street and none of the spaces are marked disabled.

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