So last weekend, we went to Richmond to watch one of Sam’s friends play the lead role in Footloose The Musical as part of it’s UK Tour. It stars Pop Idol finalist Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan from the band, The Nolans. We decided to head into Richmond a lot earlier on in the day as this was actually my first time in the town and we wanted to have a little explore, as well as a bite to eat.
We arrived in Richmond in the mid-afternoon and immediately went to seek out a coffee shop. We came across Coffeology which seemed very trendy and hipster. It was a cute little space, with very delicious-looking cakes (most going for the healthy alternative). They unfortunately didn’t do syrups so I couldn’t have my go-to Caramel Latte. Instead I went for a Chai Latte which was actually super delicious.
Photo credit – jaybeecee
I loved the rustic feel to the shop too and if there were spaces we probably would have sat down. However, it was a Saturday afternoon so unfortunately we had to have them to take away.
With hot drinks in hand, we meandered around the shops buying a few candles for the flat and wandered on along the river. It was actually a very pretty day, slightly windy but still warm in parts. Lots of afternoon drinking was going on at the pubs that we passed but Sam had been recommended a place called Steins to eat and drink so we headed there.
Steins is a Bavarian outdoor restaurant which actually used to be an ice-cream parlour. They converted this into what it is today and we decided to go for two German inspired dishes. I went for the Currywurst which was absolutely delicious and filled the gap just nicely. We also went for a Stein of beer/lagar each which upon reflection was not the greatest of ideas – seeing as we were seeing a theatre show in a few hours. However, I think the food beforehand soaked up a lot of the alcohol.
Suffice to say, you can tell the beer had hit Sam in that before and after photo!
We then stumbled onto Richmond Theatre to watch Joshua Dowen (follow him on Twitter here) play Ren in Footloose. The show was amazing and I loved every bit of it. We’d seen Joshua before play in a smaller theatre so to see him perform in a 900-odd seat theatre was a very proud moment!
Make sure you check out if this musical is coming to a town near you.
Have you ever been to Richmond before? Let me know in the comments below.