When Richard Rogers and his partners acquired the Thames Wharf site in 1987, Ruth Rogers was dismayed at the lack of lunch options available in the immediate area. Knowing they both shared a passion for Italian cooking, Ruth approached her long-time friend Rose, and The River Café opened later that year. The River Café, opened in 1987 has become a very distinguished member of the London restaurant establishment, due to the phenomenal quality of its food, drink, service and overall style. Both owners, being talented chefs have written 10 cookbooks together.
The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it has retained since 1998. Located adjacent to the Thames, The River Café”s menu, which changes twice daily, offers rustic Italian dishes based on the best seasonal ingredients available, complemented by a predominantly Italian wine list of almost 200 bins.