Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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804 reviews
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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.
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DG
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented and prefect size dishes. Seasonal and inspiring.

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Z
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Overpriced for the quality of service and food. It’s chaos with children and people who aren’t part of the restaurant free to roam through the restaurant during meal times. I got a painful stomach after my meal.
Sorry but not great.

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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Took my husband to celebrate his birthday on Good Friday and think we suffered from it being a very sunny, busy day as the service seemed quite stretched and inexperienced. Despite giving a big nudge-nudge-wink-wink about the birthday boy on arrival, the maitre d’ didn’t make mention of it again which was disappointing as I was going to ask for a candle in the desert but thought he’d got that covered. Our waitress didn’t know the menu very well and seemed quite distracted. Food was well presented and tasty without being wow. Felt like I spent a LOT of money (we went all out on courses and wine) without it feeling particularly special.

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S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely food, lovely setting. I was expecting to be totally blown away and that wasn’t the case but it was still really good. Only negative was that service was pretty slow and sloppy. Waiter couldn’t explain one of the things in the menu and it was hard to get anyone’s attention.

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H
London
30 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting - feels like being in the middle of the country but only 20 minutes from the business of London. Delicious food and incredibly good service.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Bang average.
Average food.
Average service.
Nice environment.
High price point would suggest better all round quality, but honestly would have got better food in a bog standard pub.
So disappointing.
Will not be recommending or returning.
Just grab a coffee and cake instead.

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PT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch with my mother. A little pricey but beautiful ambiance and could not fault the food. Great for a special occasion

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambience is lovely and the surroundings beautiful, but it is extremely expensive and lacks vegetarian options. There is a vegetarian menu but with only two dishes on it which isn't really enough and the vegetarian meals are just as expensive as the meat dishes which is not usually the case. Service was good but could have been better - had to flag down a waiter a few times. Overall though a lovely place to go for Sunday lunch and a beautifully decorated restaurant.

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Z
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely place. Very unique. However the food, although lovely, was very overpriced. We really enjoyed our lunch but likely won't be going back as the prices are prohibitive.

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was ok very very noisy and one of our party kept getting bashed as people moved about but we asked and they moved our table with no trouble. However generally I don’t think the price is justified for what is served. I won’t be going back.

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Beautiful place, but average food at very high prices and strange service. Such a shame as we were going for a Mothers Day meal (on the Sat - it was in the late afternoon so wasn't even that busy).

As a vegan they had a separate vegan menu which was lovely, however the choices were really disappointing. I ordered the dhal which was £22(!!) and I was excited for a beautifully presented dish. When it arrived it was just some dhal, white rice and a coriander spring on top. So disappointing for a Skye Gyngell restaurant (I've absolutely LOVED Spring + Heckfield Place).

We all felt the food was average, but so expensive. The space was very pretty - I'll just go to the self service cafe next time.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

While there's no doubt that it's a gorgeous setting, it most certainly does not live up to the hype! The greeters/hosts were at best dismissive and at worst, downright rude. As a party of six, at least half the meals (starters and mains) were shocking value for money. A beetroot hummous that was a dollop of pureed mess with a few carrots and other veg to dip in it. A couple of other dishes were just bland. But the main culprit was the fish stew which four people had - one muscle, one clam and a tiny lump of white fish each. For £27! Just shocking. I can only guess that it was nearing the end of the day and rather than saying there were only two portions left, they decided to split it between four.
A few people had the cheese - cheddar like the dry ends of a block you'd bin at home and a lump of insipid brie with three oatcakes and a dollop of chutney.
And I couldn't believe the toilet situation - the choice was the three main ones in the nursery which had cues of about 15 people for each, or two portaloos at the main entrance. Not really the sort of lavatorial experience you expect in a place charging £60 for a bog (excuse the pun) standard bottle of Gavi!
Very disappointed to say the least.

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RK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, unique place, in a marvellous setting amongst a horticultural paradise. To call it a cafe is rather odd and misleading though. It’s a fully-grown restaurant - with corresponding service and prices to match. Instead, what’s termed as their ‘tea room’ is everything you’d expect a cafe to be.

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S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, outstanding setting on a sunny day.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. Food was delicious and the service was fabulous. A perfect Saturday afternoon with my friends

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful setting, nothing compares. Fabulous dining experience.

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SN
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to visit here. The setting is beautiful and the food delicious. The staff are so friendly. Very expensive though so we save it for a special occasion, and for that there’s nowhere I’d rather go.

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat going to Petersham Nurseries Cafe. Hit by the bouquet of spring flowers as we walked in and then beautiful meal and wine with a great, busy, full of life, place to enjoy them in.

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g
London
174 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Petersham Nurseries is very pretty and it’s a joy to walk along the river from Richmond to get to it for lunch. Walking through the shop is intoxicating, always something bijoux to buy. The restaurant offers attentive service and the food is ok to good - but it is way overpriced and the wines are expensive.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday. We were wonderfully looked after by our waiter. The food was fantastic the place is beautiful. Be careful not to spend too much money in the shop!

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch. Our waiter looked after us beautifully. We couldn’t have done better!

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LP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect place if you want to eat somewhere different. Great service and atmosphere with beautiful food.

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p
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, ambience and overall experience, an amazing spot in London.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best atmosphere!

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed last Saturday's fabulous lunch. Treated our daughter for a birthday meal. She loves Petersham Nurseries, even for lovely pictures.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely surroundings and visually a stunning place to eat. Food was very tasty but incredibly over priced for what it was. £28 for some rustic style chicken and cabbage. Our dessert of Rice Pudding had amazing flavours but was very undercooked. We sent it back and the chef agreed that it wasn’t cooked. Seemed that no one in the kitchen did the taste test.

Overall we enjoyed our day but we were underwhelmed and the food just wasn’t worth the high prices. I wouldn’t not recommend it to others, it’s an experience and as long as diners are prepared to pay over the odds, then fine. I won’t be rushing back though.

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TJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch in a wonderfully picturesque setting.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been to Petersham Nurseries before and this meal was just as memorable. It’s a wonderful location sitting in the nursery itself and the food was delicious. We were particularly impressed with our starters of crab & radicchio and artichoke. My only slight criticism is the fact that the staff were a little over attentive. It appeared that more than one person was overseeing our table, which meant we were disturbed quite frequently during our meal. Overall a lovely lunch outing and we will be coming again.

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy restaurant with great food. Good for families and pets as well.

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c
London
18 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service & food. A very special place ... the setting is second to none. I’ve never had Brill cooked so beautifully. Mega points also to the magical Italian wine list.

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very nice set up but this is early overpriced. Portions were quite small and too much oil in every plate

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They need to sort the number of toilets though. 1 was out of order and fortunately the weather was warm and dry but there were queues of 9 people or so often

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SE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, food, wine and setting. Perfection.

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SO
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so unique. It really lifts my spirits. The food is very good and the service top notch. It is pricey but that’s not really surprising given the location

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E
London
67 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect spring lunch. Fresh seasonal local foods, delicious wine, the most divine dessert. Sunny, floral and beautiful

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LW
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The setting on a gorgeous warm sunny day could not have been better. Showcasing the delights of Richmond to a visiting friend who just loved it.

Only slight downside was our table wasn’t quite ready on time, upon which we decided to go to the loo... which is shared with the tea rooms, in an outhouse, which while fitting for the setting on such a busy day meant a 6 person wait... never ideal. As is being told the kitchen is closing so order soon when you’ve just sat down late due to them not being ready- although the maitre d’ did recommend a good wine so we’ll let him off.

Food was faultless, if a little pricey for what it was to my non-London friends.

Also they forgot my glass of wine, but they more than made up for this when they bought it and they took it off the bill, and our waiter was wonderful.

All in all gorgeous setting to take a girly lunch, romantic date spot or female family celebration.

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R
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful venue and delicious food. I took my mother for her birthday and it really is an exquisite setting. The only gripe is that the service took a long time. Our waitress was lovely and sweet, but it took ages for our orders to be taken, both main courses and when we asked for the menu for dessert again, and there were very long gaps of time between courses, as well as for the bill. The restaurant was busy, but not full. We were in no hurry whatsoever so it was only a very minor thing, but worth mentioning. I would still highly recommend it!

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly and knowledgeable staff, beautiful surroundings

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PO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very good service. Nice wine list although the wines are a tad on the pricey side.

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HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was everything and more than I expected and will definitely go again soon.

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