Petersham Nurseries Cafe

4.6
673 reviews
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£41 and over
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European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
Petersham Nurseries is a lifestyle destination that includes a plant nursery, an elegant glasshouse restaurant with an a la carte menu, a shop selling exquisite antiques, homewares and gifts and a teahouse offering wholesome seasonal dishes and homemade cakes.

It is a place of calm, away from the bustle of London, that respects and is in tune with nature and positive living.

The Boglione family, who own the nurseries and live in the adjoining Petersham House are rooted to their blend of British and Italian culture which remains at the heart of the business and is reflected in the style of the food that is served. Petersham Nurseries Café is inspired by what is growing in our kitchen garden and by the produce supplied to us by our sister company, Haye Farm.

Whilst maintaining their passion for simplicity, flora, fauna and responsibly sourced produce they have created an unparalleled setting just outside of central London.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European
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Hours of Operation
Petersham Nurseries Cafe is open Tuesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays

Tuesday - Friday Bookings available from 12pm – 2:45pm (Closing at 5pm)

Weekend and Bank Holiday Bookings available from 12 pm– 3:30pm (Closing at 5pm)Reservations recommended, especially at weekends.
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Phone number
020 8332 8665
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
As parking is limited at Petersham Nurseries we encourage our guests to use 'greener' means of transport where possible.
, therefore we advise customers to leave their cars at home and travel to us by alternative means of transport where possible. For details see http://petershamnurseries.com/getting-there (*Additional parking facilities available to reserve at local primary school, weekends only. Contact 020 8940 5230 for information).
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Public Transit
Numbers 65 and 371 depart outside Richmond Station and in Kingston Town Centre a light at the Dysart Pub stop
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 673 People Are Saying
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D
London
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I have dined here before and had a fantastic meal. I am sorry PN but this time we were very disappointed. If you are going to charge £27 for fish, please cook it properly! While food looked pretty the favour was just not there. Also charging £15 for a glass of house red! We had a late booking and were hurried the whole way though. Our waiter was useless, he was more bothered at looking at his reflection rather than actually remembering orders.

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CT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with great service. A great way to celebrate our anniversary.

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RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal at Petersham Nurseries - delicious food and excellent service.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent for a celebration ( my husbands birthday), both enjoyed it immensely. But outside our price range for everyday dining.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

if Money is no object then you will probably enjoy the Petersham for it fun location in an upmarket greenhouse and it’s buzzy atmosphere. And you probably won’t mind the shambolic and impersonal service or hit and miss food. In our case, value for money is important when we are paying £170 for a two course lunch and there are other places locally , such as the Glasshouse or La Trompette, which deliver what you would expect at that price level. Although our pasta starter was delicious, the main course lamb was a sinewy cut that tasted odd. When we were asked (as we were on three separate occasions) whether our meal was going well, we mentioned this each time. Sad then that no effort at all was made to acknowledge or remedy other than a vague promise to ‘tell the kitchen’. We were surprised when, having told one waiter we were not altogether happy, he came back again 15 minutes later to ask whether we were enjoying our meal, clearly on autopilot. We were served by so many different and hurried waiters that the whole experience felt impersonal, and our table on the central aisle gave a ringside view of the continual rush up and down to the kitchen. It’s quite a feat to combine so many waiters with such impersonal service. And wine buckets at a distance only work if someone bothers to check whether your glasses are empty or not. Nor did we appreciate the wine waiter pointing us in the direction of a £49 bottle of wine when we had asked for something that was not too expensive ( although to be fair the entire list had only 4 bottles under £40). Go elsewhere for a special occasion.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm September day, we walked in the sun along the river from Richmond station, had an hour to gaze and shop before lunch.
Zucchini Fritti not to be missed, followed by two starters, then greengage tart which I've just tried to recreate at home.
Perfect service, the right amount of buzz under a flowering orange bougainvillea.
Very very happy making. Thank you.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service, weather was lovely and sunny which helped. We celebrated a friends special birthday

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JP
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Dissapointed in the food... extortionate prices for very average food... have had lunches here in the cafe many times and wanted to come to the restaurant... prefer the salads and quiches in the cafe to be honest...

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting (we were in the garden), excellent food.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality of the food and wine was the stand out. Full of flavour and you could taste the quality of the ingredients. Highly recommend even though it is a bit pricey.

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JL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going there. It's one of my favourite places in the world!

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice surroundings being in the greenhouse, and we had a pleasant waiter, but the food was overpriced for what it was.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a beautiful location. Great service.

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E
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rare treat, outstanding food coupled with high end quality of service. The setting is certainly different but executed in a professional way. The freshest ingredients transform what could be simple dishes into lunch fit for the most special of occasions

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GN
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience. Food good, but too expensive and portions a little light

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch at Petersham Nurseries. Wonderful ambience and the service was impeccable. However, the food was not particularly special and very expensive. We will go there again but for the setting rather than the food.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service, certainly worth walking from Richmond across the fields!

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GE
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall it was lovely setting, a shame the pork main that 2 out of 4 of us had was tough with both meals and a little undercooked so the fat and crackling was not edible. It was a special occasion for a friend and a candle was placed into her desert which was a nice touch. All other meals and starters were great and very tasty. It would be nice to have your bottle of wine at the table in the future so we do not have to ask to be topped up every time.

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KK
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was not my best visit to Petersham Nursery. My pork main was very fatty and the crackling was soft. The pudding that the 3 of us ordered was then not available after a 15 minute wait. Lastly I was served caffeinated coffee, after ordering a decaf. This was a problem as I haven’t had caffeine for years and then felt as though I was drunk. Having said all this, the waitress was lovely and in training , so all was forgiven. It has a great atmosphere and is dog friendly which is a big bonus. I’ve been a few times before and had a much better eating experience. I feel as though the starters and puddings are the high light and the mains are more average.

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AK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and lovely food. Expensive but definitely worth it for the quality food. Only the chicken wasn’t as great as the other stuff but still good.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I had not visited the Petersham Nursery to dine for many years & was delighted how it had grown in style with excellent & attractive well turned out staff who were also attentive to all requirements. I will most certainly visit again even though the wine list was a tad expensive.

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NK
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a special occasion. Would highly recommend to friends and family

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TD
London
25 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Yeah fine. Don’t really understand the fuss. I have to admit I arrived in a bad mood because they wouldn’t let me change my booking to the teashop without charging me. But it was fine. I was disappointed with my parmigiana. It was fine but not really worth £23! For 4 small slices of Aubergine with cheese and tomato. None of the Italian charm and taste.
Often with these places you pay for the ambience. It was fine. The loos were across a muddy field - I think the idea is country in town, but Daylesford do that SO SO SO much better.
Should you go? It’s fine! I’m not raving about it and really don’t get the “up it’s own #%*^” attitude. Will I recommend to my friends? No. We’re better off going to Daylesford. This feels like a me too.....light.

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FW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places - amazing food knowledgable staff - a wonderful day

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KH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in a beautiful setting. Excellent, friendly service. I have been several times and will continue to go.

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P
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Petersham Nurseries is a truly unique experience - delicious and unusual dishes in a lovely informal yet classy surrounding with fine linen napkins etc. I would recommend it to friends and look forward to visiting again. And with the added bonus of the nurseries and the shop.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had only one dish which didn’t live up to expectations.
All the other dishes were beautiful, seasonal, interesting and delicious.
The manager checked with us and did not charge us for the one dish we didn’t enjoy.
Highly recommend.
Delightful venue, menu and excellent service

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HE
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Just lovely in every way... the atmosphere, service and setting was excellent, the food sublime, very fitting for a special occasion.

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p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first trip to Richmond. What a treat. Everything was a delight.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and my two guests said overall it was probably the best meal they had ever had

I have no hesitation in recommending Petersham to all my friends

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AA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic ambience

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

I came with my couple and we were place behind a family table with children. That is not fair because of the noise.

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E
London
60 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful afternoon in the garden - the food was as ever simple fresh and delicious - the waiter was incredibly knowledgable and we had a very happy time.

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LR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I have been so looking forward to a special birthday lunch here. Unfortunately, we were disappointed.
Service was timid, unhelpful & nowhere near standard expected at such an established place (and high prices).
Food quality is excellent, but lots of other places are nowadays too. Very small and delicate, albeit delicious portions, at really high prices. Not good value.
Recently ate at River Cafe & Dairy, who both surpassed Petersham on all fronts.
Setting is incredible & so unique however - stunning environment for lunch.

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D
London
15 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting with creative, seasonal food. Absolutely loved the setting and cant wait to return!

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EB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Loved everything about the place!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s wonderful
But very expensive, especially the wine list
A fantastic treat

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally fabulous! Can't fault. So beautiful. Service amazing.

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BP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food, the plants, the space! Divine

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most beautiful place for lunch!
The food is delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Love love it!

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