Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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763 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
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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London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, great food, unusual and truly atmospheric place to eat.

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OL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED our eating experience here, and to eat surrounded by such resplendent greenery was beautiful.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is fab restaurant, with a very unusual vibe. Great service and food, and a really stylish and informal atmosphere. You'd be crazy not to enjoy it. We were hosting relations celebrating a big wedding anniversary, and they loved it, as did we all. Not my first visit to the Nurseries, but my first time in the cafe. Ceertaibly won't be my last.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful

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BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round - food was delicious, waiters polite, friendly & knowledgeable, the greenhouse we ate in was beautiful. Would thoroughly recommend as a date venue.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room & surrounding areas are beautiful. A good seasonal rhubarb bellini to start and a menu that is so good it was hard to choose what to eat, because it all sounded all very delicious, which our choices were exceptionally tasty. Our waiter Lucca really took care of our table and made sure that everything was perfect for our meal. I will highly recommend this restaurant.

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and ambience make this venue and I'll never stop coming.
However, since my first visit in 2006 (approx.) I believe the food has become more expensive and less wow-some.
Joanne

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GF
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Entree was fantastic - mains were a let down sadly.. ordered the fish Stu which had a couple of pieces of fish and 3 clams.... also had the monk fish which was again two small pieces crossed over each other.. sadly very stingy, long wait and served tepid. For £29 each this was pretty poor.. The atmosphere was magical though and service was attentive. Would go back but probably to the tea house instead of the cafe, which is better value for money.

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NW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!! A beautiful atmosphere like nowhere else, worth every penny. Incredible food & decent wine list. Definitely a place to take family at the weekend, very relaxed family place. Staff & Service outstanding

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place for a special occasion. Staff are polite, friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. Bit pricey for a 'normal' lunch but perfect for a special treat.

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h
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the service and venue.
The food was too blend for my liking and was costly.
The crab was fresh though and the bread was yum.
So so pretty so I would go again for tea

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JB
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely relaxed delicious lunch. Great wine from the slopes of etna.

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V
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really over rated. A £60 deposit for lunch, when it almost empty! As we were seated, we were asked "are you going to order immediately?" Really average vegetarian food - that came out super quick. Clearly, not freshly made. Far too expensive for what it is - not even sure the ingredients are organic or local. I won't be returning.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petersham Nurseries has been my favourite restaurant since I moved to Richmond ten years ago. Still the most beautiful restaurant I have ever visited. Love it.

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely lunch spot - shabby chic surroundings, good menu and great atmosphere.
However, it is expensive for what it offers. Eg my fish stew was a bit short on fish for the price even though it was very tasty.

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TG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were simply excellent. We don't usually have a starter as that can sometimes be a little too much and you leave having eaten more than you would of liked. This however was not the case here and my wife and I both had wonderful starters that, combined with the main course, were just the right size. I even had room for a pudding! The staff and especially our waitress were fantastic. All in all, we both enjoyed the meal and could not recommend it highly enough. We will return!

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MA
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Charming, but underwhelmed. The food lacked flavour, and was very under-seasoned. Surprised that the desert was so bad, but the manager was very good about offering different options. £120 lunch for two - should have been better.

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B
Aberdeen
11 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with beautiful décoration. Good Food,

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Overall we were very dissatisfied with the food. It was really mediocre and extremely pricey. I always search for amazing food and I really don't mind paying for it when it's worth it. This was just not not worth it. To give you an example, one of the starters we got was the gnocchi. It cost £13 and it literally had 12 gnocchi on the plate. Even the main courses were not tasty and for sure not in line with their price (£27-35). I really wouldn't recommend it, even though staff was very friendly!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great service. Was just a little cold at our table.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the ambiance/environment was lovely. Overall the food was not as good as I'd expected, especially for the price. The bread and oil was delicious. The salt cold fritters tasted like under seasoned bechamel without any trace of salt cod. Crab and pink raddichio salad was fresh and tasty. The herb and citrus crusted monkfish was, frankly, a rip off at £29; the piece of fish was no bigger than a match box, the herb and citrus crust tasted neither of herb nor citrus and the fish was tough from overcooking.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Amazing environment, slightly slow service and not best value for food and drink though

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PA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Beautiful place without a doubt but it’s a shame that the food wasn’t up to the same standard - particularly given the high prices.

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BL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Had been looking forward to celebrating a family birthday here having heard good things. Sadly disappointed by level of service ( very lacklustre and bored waiter), luckily waiters/ waitresses serving other tables helped us from time to time. No attempt to greet us or help celebrate birthday despite this being noted on reservation. “Bitter leaves” seemed to be the theme of the day and featured large. Disappointed with food which, despite price tag, could best be described as simple and lacking in talent and was, in some cases, downright unpleasant. Luckily the atmosphere was lovely and the greenhouse cafe very prettily decorated with lovely displays of plants and flowers. I could not recommend and will not be visiting again. Most definitively not worth the cost of the meal ( north of £500) and absolutely not the “optional” service charge of 12.5%. Honestly who, in a celebratory party, could refuse that, though I was sorely tempted !

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CB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Positives
- Lovely Setting
- Great Atmosphere
Negatives
- Waiting 10 minutes for the toilet
- Waiting 45 minutes for the main meal, even though the waiter did say as we wasn't having a starter we would have to wait longer, I'm really not sure how this impacts there service
- Overpriced food for the quality of food that is served, the fish was overcooked on 3 of the people's plates, the veg that went with the was very bland it was like they ran out of stuff as we was one of the last bookings
- Waiter forgot the water at the start to which we kindly had to ask her again
- Waited 25 minutes for 2 flat whites at the end to which we again had to ask the waiter, this then took a further 10 minutes to arrive, there didn't seem any urgency within the start to get this out quickly once we told them, nor was there an apology
- You are paying for the setting but they don't deliver in other areas which is a shame

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M
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It is very pretty and the environment is very nice, but the food is not exceptional as I have quite high expectation from the reviews.
It is quite pricy for what it is .

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Special and different place to visit. Food mostly very good and enjoyed it all but at a price. For cheaper day out visit the ‘drop in’ side of the centre where you can get a good lunch, cake and coffee etc.

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BA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location and fantastic food. Look forward to next time!

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, beautiful setting - and dog friendly!

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AD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a unique setting . Friendly and efficient staff - one of our party was late but we were not hurried in any way. I have just moved to Richmond and this will be a regular place to visit now. A lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends and family.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The place is beautiful although it can be a bit cold. Reception staff very unfriendly but out waitress was very nice.
Food is good but nothing special.

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MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food itself is fantastic including the good vibe make it even more amazing.

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PM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was expensive and disappointing for the price. Service was excellent.

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Beautiful place and good food but way over-priced on every front. Service is Ok but lacking attention.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite restaurant in London!! We live this place in summer and winter!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the uniqueness of this place. Why no gin though! We were cold. Will go back in summer.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Felt very crowded compared to previous visits, food was acceptable but poor value as was wine.
Trading on reputation really.

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MH
London
45 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice food but rather expensive. It would seem to be aiming at the fine dining end but not quite there.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petersham Nurseries had been on my wish list for a while. We went to celebrate our anniversary and it didn't disappoint. You need to enter into the spirit of everything that Petersham stands for to fully immerse yourself in the ambience. We travelled from South Wales for our visit but I hope to return in the not too distant future.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Despite the beautiful setting, the starters and main courses were hugely disappointing and marred what should have been a magical and unforgettable experience.

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