We’ve been using an Outwell Richmond kitchen table for years, so this is one thoroughly tested product that gets reviewed.
We’ve been using the Outwell Richmond kitchen table for years. We were trying to work out when we bought it. It was definitely a long time ago; may be even heading for a decade.
I think we must have bought one of the first models of the Richmond, and Outwell haven’t needed to update it much since its release.
Why the Outwell Richmond?
There’s lots of kitchen units around, so why did we pick the Outwell Richmond Kitchen Table?.
At the time we were very much trying to find the cheapest item that ‘does the job’. But after seasons of failed solutions and cheap products that were only used once or twice before ending in the bin, we decided to invest in the Outwell Richmond.
Yes. Invest. This was one of the most expensive purchases we had made on a bit of camping furniture. So was it worth it?
If you’ve read much of this website you will know we camp a lot throughout the year. And this table has been with us for years. And it’s still going.
What you get with the Outwell Richmond Kitchen Table
This unit is quite large for a start (122 cm wide, 50 cm deep, and 82 cm high).
It has a large zipped storage area with two good sized shelves. This area has a fine mesh ventilation.
We store cooking pots and food in here (perishables go in the coolbox though).
There is a second large zipped area that you can use to store a gas cylinder. Unfortunately the hose to our gas cylinder is too short for that, but we’ve found this large area a great place to store a rubbish bin, keeping it zipped up and out of sight as well as preventing rubbish blowing around the campsite and helping to keep critters out.
The top of the unit has a large table area.
It comes with a windshield, which can be a God send when cooking. However, some stoves may not fit. We used this with our small single burner stove, but it doesn’t work with the larger Camingaz 400 ST Gas Stove for example.
A small part of the table top lifts up to reveal a small folding sink.
To be honest, this is the only bit of the Richmond that never worked well for us as the sink was too small, that area of the table was better with something on top of it, and we didn’t want to splash water over our kitchen.
We now use the Outwell Collaps sink, which is excellent.
A really minor feature but a really useful one is the side pockets, which are great for keeping things like a towel close at hand.
Putting the Outwell Richmond Together
Another big plus is that the Outwell Richmond is really fast and simple to put up.
Until the recent invention of popup furniture (see the Outwell Lucia), this table was amazingly quick to put up compared to a lot of other solutions.
Part of the reason for that is there’s not a lot to put together. This means that when folded it’s still large (123cm x 50cm x 10cm). No problem for our trailer, but something to consider if transport space is tight.
For large piece of camping furniture it’s also light at just 8kg.
When you get the Outwell Richmond out of its carry case, you simply pull its legs together and secure with a velcro strap. You can also tweak the feet on the legs to help make the table level on uneven ground at the campsite.
The top of the table simply clips onto the body.
There’s some solid shelf inserts that you place inside the unit. It is best to keep heavy items on the bottom shelf, which is a little more supported.
Protecting from the Elements
We typically set up our camp kitchen outside under a tarp. This usually protects the kitchen well from the elements and if the wind does get up, I simply get the tarp down (just take out the poles), and peg the tarp over the top of the kitchen until the bad weather passes.
However, I also found that you can get some BBQ covers that fit the Outwell Richmond. We used such a cover when leaving the kitchen in our open-ended awning.
- Very quick and simple to assemble.
- Lightweight to carry.
- Stores a lot of kitchen items.
- Has windshield for a camping stove, helping your gas last longer.
- A large cupboard to hide and protect gas bottle (or to hide a bag for rubbish).
- We didn't find the built-in sink that practical.
- It is quite large when folded, so check the dimensions will fit in the boot of your car.
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