River CaFE

Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray. Designed in partnership with Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners the River Cafe was refurbished following a fire in 2008. The refurbished restaurant how has a private dinning room and a cocktail bar.

The River Café, one of London's most celebrated restaurants, re-opened its doors on 6 October 2008 after a £2 million redesign. Following a fire in April 2008, co-owners Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray commissioned Stuart Forbes Associates to re-design the space with a new open kitchen, private dining room and cocktail bar.

Significant additions also include a kitchen table within the working kitchen zone and a glass enclosed cheese room based on a classic Italian design. The kitchen is open to public view, enabling diners to observe the chefs in action.

Another notable addition is a new wood burning oven dominating the dining room and kitchen. Manufactured by the Italian firm of Valoriani, this type of oven, made in Reggello in the hills of Tuscany 25km southeast of Florence, is key to the preparation of the The River Café's many dishes.

The reception desk and 'pass' have been constructed in vivid yellow 'Corian' and dramatically top-lit. This new area is located next to The River Café bar which has been adapted and enhanced with a new back-lit bottle display. Behind the scenes, the bathrooms have been re-planned and reconstructed with fluorescent primary colours and significantly increased space.

Since the re-launch in September 2008, the restaurant has enjoyed the acclaim of the world's food critiques and architectural press and continues to be one of the most influential food establishments.

Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray.  The open kitchen of the River Cafe allows the guests to see the cooking process. The stainless steel work tops are simple and show the off the engine of the restaurant just as it would be at home.
The toilet doors. Mens blue, Womens pink. 
Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray.  The restaurant has views onto the garden of Thames Wharf. In the summer all the doors open and the restaurant spreads out into the courtyard with views over the river Thames towards Hammersmith bridge.
Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray.  The cocktail bar and the reception to the restaurant. Bar stools, bar, mirror wall.  elegantly simple design. 
Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray. .The engine of the restaurant. The kitchen is open to the restaurant allowing the drama of food creation to be watched by all. a huge wood burning stove faces the covers. 
ruthie rogers choosing the freshest ingredients for the river cafe. a chef bringing in the ingredients to the resturant. 

ruthie rogers choosing the freshest ingredients for the river cafe. a chef bringing in the ingredients to the resturant. 

The huge wood burning stove in the River Cafe. Freshly baked bread by the chefs. 

The huge wood burning stove in the River Cafe. Freshly baked bread by the chefs. 

Team effort. The restaurant prep is done alongside the main space. Chefs cooking in the open kitchen of the river cafe.

Team effort. The restaurant prep is done alongside the main space. Chefs cooking in the open kitchen of the river cafe.