One One Four, Teddington
This funky little restaurant in the heart of Teddington is a real find - with innovative cooking and a brilliant drinks menu.
We at Muddy are lucky enough to have snooped out the friendliest little restaurant offering the freshest of fresh food in a seriously super-cool gaff in the heart of Teddington. Since opening earlier this year, One One Four has quickly become a favourite in local community, with food sourced locally as much as possible. We reckon it’s the perfect place for lunch with the girls or even a date night. It’s high-end, high-quality food at a decent price.
Head down Teddington High Street and at number 114 you’ll find One One Four nestled among a row of boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. Parking is at a bit of a premium around here, but there are spaces in the surrounding streets.
The decor is very snazzy. It’s been tastefully done in a neutral black and white palette, with pops of teal blue in the velvet bar stools. There’s a glamorous art deco feels to the place: massive domed pendant light fittings hang from the ceiling, checkered tiles surround the central island bar and banquette seating around the walls. I went on a Thursday evening and the place was buzzing – but in a very relaxed and friendly way.
SCOFF & QUAFF
The food here is as fresh as it gets with seasonal and locally sourced produce leading the way. The menus are a modern take on British and European cooking. It’s not a huge menu – just five starters and five mains – but I’ll take a smaller selection of better quality offerings over an exhaustively long menu any day.
And true to form, everything we ate was delish – starting with the amuse bouche (gorgeous little round fishcakes) and house bread and butters that arrived shortly after our wine.
I started with the braised halibut with seafood fricasee, fennel, merguez sausage and pink fir potatoes. Mr M chose the poached salmon and beetroot medley with horseradish and red apple. It looks amazing, and tasted just as good.
Moving on to mains, I chose the Surrey Farm rump of beef with celeriac and smoked onion puree, while Mr M went for the pan roasted cod with fregola, salsify and Iberico Bellota ham emulsion. Both were again presented beautifully, and delicious. I rarely eat meat, but when I do it’s got to be good, and the beef at One OneFour was so perfectly cooked it practically melted in my mouth.
For puddings, I chose the dark chocolate delice with peanut butter, vermouth and salted pretzel ice-cream, while Mr M went for the Chimney Fire coffee mousse, chocolate soil, Italian meringue and Bailey’s ice cream. If I’m honest, I was a bit jealous he got in first with his order (we couldn’t possibly order the same thing!!) But then mine arrived, and it was To. Die. For.
It’s kid-friendly during the day, but after five this place is for adults only. It’s a licensing thing – because of the cocktail bar part of the business, I suppose. But it means that in the evening there’s a very grown up vibe.
OUT & ABOUT
With Richmond Park, Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park all fairly close, there’s no shortage of things to do in the area. You’re also practically right on the Thames, so a stroll along the river could also be combined with lunch or dinner here.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Real foodies! It’s the perfect place for a foodie couple or family to explore a unique menu and a must if you have a discerning palate and enjoy high-end food without a formal stuffy atmosphere or steep price tag. It’s also a great choice for date night, a working lunch or a catch up with pals.
Not for: A big family tribe. Table space is intimate. Nor is this the place if you are looking for a greasy spoon or some rustic pub grub – this is far fancier stuff.
The damage: Two courses for dinner is £28 and three courses is £33, with sides an additional £3, and the cheese board an additional £5.
OneOneFour, 114-116 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8JB. Tel: 020 3745 8114. oneonefour.co.uk