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Al Fresco Dining in Church Street 25 May - 3 September

Al Fresco Dining in Church Street 25 May - 3 September

On the first Thursday before the May bank holiday, is the 25th of May. This is the start of the Al Fresco dining season in Church Street Twickenham. This is one of the few venues in London, when the street is closed to traffic during the Al Fresco dining hours and diners can enjoy the Summer Weather and eat in the convivial Summer outdoors atmosphere.

The dates of Al Fresco this year are Thursday 25 May until Sunday the third of September.

The times that the street will be closed and restaurants will be putting their tables outside are:

Thursdays 6 until 11pm
Fridays and Saturdays 6 until 11.30pm
Sundays and bank holidays 10.30am until 10pm

AND AL FRESCO in CHURCH STREET COMETH by Bruce Lyons, Chairman of the Church Street Association

It`s hard to believe as we shiver in this nasty Cold Front
That it in just three weeks the Church Street Al Fresco Season will commence, with the restaurants setting out their tables in plein air from the 25th of May until the 3rd of September.

Church Street just now is a frenzy of activity. Clearing away the last traces of our Spring Burst. Planters and Urns and flower beds are currently being planted up for the Summer, Hanging Baskets on their way. Restaurants are getting a lick of paint and the street furniture is getting its annual makeover.

Each year since 2005 (when Al Fresco started) the chefs in our eclectic mix of Eateries have competed for your custom and today there is an international (with a tiny bias in favour of Italy) flavour so here is run down on who does what, where.

Today Church Street boasts three Bangladeshi restaurants all of whom have been here since the 80`s , the oldest being the Twickenham Tandoori , try their ever popular Chicken Tawai Jalapesi (Authentic Bangladeshi home style dish cooked with Bangladeshi Pumpkin and fresh herbs and spices) Further down the road there is Delhi Durbar whose signature dish is “Delhi Spring Chicken” marinated in yoghurt with delicate herbs and spices BBQ`d in flaming charcoal and cooked in a sauce of butter, whilst next door we have NAZ Balti and their favourite is a flavour of Nepal “Chicken e Bahar, cooked with pepper and bay leaves(fairly hot!!)

Staying in the East ( but close to home) Rosie Chai offers a touch of Lebanese Cuisine focussing on grilled Haloumi Cheese ,grilled marinated Aubergine and courgettes – A light and delicious touch of the Lebanon, whilst opposite them we have our only ITALIAN DELI; CORTO a Pandora’s Box of Italian Delicacies (do you know that people travel from far and wide to get their favourite ingredients)- they offer a huge choice of Piadina`s, a kind of wrap from Emilia Romagna- A Thin flatbread made of flour, strutto (or Olive Oil), salt water served warm with a huge choice of sweet or savoury options. Try CRUDO, the most traditional one; Prosciutto, stracchino, cheese & rocket a snip @ £6.90!!

Then there is the Italian MOB! The most recent arrival is Al Solito Posto (formerly Sorrento and before that Raefils)
Vincenzo Rea recommends the Sciatelli al Profumo di Mare; homemade long fresh Neapolitan pasta with clams, mussels king prawns ,scampi ,baby prawns ,squid ,cherry tomatoes ,white wine, garlic and chilli.
Our Oldest Italian is Pulcinella whose signature dish is Fegato; Calves Liver with confit of onions, pancetta, creamed potatoes and red wine sauce.
Practically opposite is Masaniello, where perhaps you should try Rigatoni Ragu; tube pasta and traditional slow cooked meat, ragout sauce and parmesan-Chef Livio Te should know as he hails from a Neapolitan restaurant family!

Further down still we have, in the Square our own Tapas Restaurant, Pincho. Try the Paella Valenciana; Chicken, chorizo sausage, red and green peppers, peas, mussels and baby prawns – delicious with a local Rioja- you will imagine you’re on holiday already!!

And of course our two Iconic Pubs give a warm welcome. At the Eel Pie, their signature dish is our fabulous traditional Golden Glory Beer Battered Fish & Chips and The Fox is a great place to share small dishes over a pint or a glass of wine. They have a deal when you buy three items from their “Nibbles & Grazing” menu which includes ‘Chipotle Glazed Chicken Wings’, ‘Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid’, ‘Crispy Mac’n’Cheese Balls’ as well as other delicious snacks.

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