Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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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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EL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful and unique experience. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with friends and all agreed we must eat here again. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, the staff were friendly and helpful and the setting was incredibly charming. I am a coeliac and the staff were knowledgeable and very accommodating, providing gluten free bread and advice as to what I could eat and what could be adapted.

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YY
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the second time I have eaten at Petersham and a fabulous time was had by all of us. Food delicious, ambience perfect. A wonderful and genteel way to spend an afternoon in the company of very good friends in a beautiful setting, eating delicious food and no sense of being hurried on at all. I would highly recommend Petersham Nurseries Cafe and will gladly visit again soon, despite living 1.5 hours away.

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JW
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

On a sunny summer day, is there a better place for a leisurely lunch? Sitting under vine clad terraces on crunchy hoggin floor, the food largely becomes irrelevant. Glasses of spritz and rose pour forth, whilst you enjoy simply ingredients well cooked and presented. Le bon vivant!

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RG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petersham is wonderful. Every time we eat there we are guaranteed amazing food and amazing service.

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HP
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked the restaurant to celebrate a special birthday with friends and it was everything I hoped for and more. I have wanted to dine here for a few years now, as been to the Teahouse and shop many times and it really was fabulous. The food is divine and everything about the surroundings and staff make it an extra special location. I was asked if I would like a cake made by the team as it was a special birthday and was completely blown away by how beautiful, original and tasty it was. I have been inundated with thanks from my friends who shared the experience with me. Do go and don't wait for a special occasion. Wish I still lived nearby.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We got the latest table available in the afternoon as we were travelling to London so the place was starting to empty out so was not as buzzy as we expected and everything was being cleared away around us. It was a nice day, weather was good enough to sit outside which is lovely. Food was fine, but very expensive for a lunch. Wine also very expensive and then 12.5% service charge . Food was ok but not outstanding. So overall glad we tried it but would not rush back.

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Petersham nurseries is now one of my favourite places. It’s like a fairytale dining experience!

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great setting and service. Food is average and prices not reflective of menu served. Good quality produce but 0 creativity with the menu. It’s almost like they know people are keen to sit outdoors in a garden so they can’t be bothered scratching their heads for an interesting menu. Wouldn’t come back.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and I cannot wait to return. The food was delicious and served in one of the nicest settings I have ever experienced. The staff were extremely attentive - we were even asked if we needed a hat as it was very sunny!

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, beautiful location. We had a lovely time!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Richmond, met all the park deers, then had great lunch @ Petersham. Quail & Pork are really great

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, lovely set up underneath the trees and flowers.
The food was really good and our waiter of good advice. Drinks were good too, would definitely recommend. Went as a couple and had a great time!

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FW
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting with amazing food! Would definitely recommend with the bonus of plant shopping!!

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Expensive but maybe would expect that in Richmond. Beautiful gardens and nice for a special occasion.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Incredibly poor service - we waited ages for a waiter to arrive (we ended up going to get someone) and they then repeatedly messed up our order

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere but really below average service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Lovely place, sadly our waiter was very negative and made us feel very uncomfortable and hurried in our ordering. That part of the experience was not fantastic. Otherwise fabulous

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AB
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A lovely feel to the place, and very prettily set up in a shabby chic sort of way. But the food definitely isn't shabby! Love the focus on seasonal produce, and most dishes are pretty simple and tasty. The garden fritti with sage and amalfi lemon was simply delicious, so too a glass of prosecco with crystallised rose petals. My husband had the squid which was beautifully cooked, and a little unusual. I had the pork which was nice, but not exceptional. A great wine list (shame I was driving!) and generally attentive service. We had quite a late lunch booking and were left hanging a bit towards the end. In an oversight, our bottle of wine had not been added to our bill and I thought they might have been a little more thrilled that I pointed this out to them! Overall very glad we went and certainly a bit of a 'destination' for a celebration. Finding it might be a problem, especially if you are coming up the road with it on your left - there is no obvious signage from that direction. Look for the church.Parking is tricky but try River Lane.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch and enjoyed the lively ambience

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AF
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Celebrated a best friend's birthday - we watched the raspberries and strawberries being squished for our bellinis, which was an excellent start to a delicious lunch. Delectable bread and perfect tempura veg to nibble on, fresh pea risotto was good, tasty squid with capers and tomatoes, then slightly (only slightly) let down by apricot and almond tart, which was good but in my opinion would benefit from being served warm rather than cold, and pastry not crisp enough. Surrounded by beautiful things - both plants and people - and super staff. A lovely and indulgent day topped off by browsing in the wonderful shop and heading home with bucketloads of plants.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A stunning location that's great for special occasions. Very pricey, although the service is great! The food is continental and fancy, which isn't my favourite, but it is beautifully presented and elegant. I would avoid the desserts, though. Our table tried 5 of them, and they were all underwhelming. Far too sweet! My sorbet was half-melted, like soup. And beware: Parking is limited so you may end up parking far away and walking! Leave time for that.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but let down by the lack of parking. Would go back, but put off by the small amount of parking, and being directed to a road round the corner which had no parking either.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced food that did not have the wow factor unlike the setting which really does. Filled with yummy mummies and their babies. Very good service and pretty but should have been 50% cheaper I am afraid!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and food are just gorgeous. A very special place when I visit London.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been well for a while and Petersham was the ideal tonic. The food was just wonderful as it had been on previous visits a good while ago. My daughter who is on her gap year and not long back from India loved taking photos while we were there. Our waiter was just wonderful , fun and knowledgable and we finished off our trip with a visit to the shop and treated ourselves to some lovely things- I am now the proud owner of a yellow fluffy straw bag which has already been greatly admired! I’m looking forward to booking up again.

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L
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch celebrating a family birthday. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food and drink were delicious - Proseco with rose petals is a must have on a warm sunny day. Overall the team were friendly, efficient and the service was good, if a bit patchy during the meal - probably due to how busy the restaurant was - but it didn’t spoil our visit. Highly recommended.

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RA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting for delicious fresh food. At times service although wonderful felt a little chaotic (was very busy!!) But would thoroughly recommend and will be back!! ☺️

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A unique and special eaterie and experience it is a privilege to have close by. Sitting amidst the bougainvillea was exquisite. Great meal. Helpful service. The goats cheese ice cream was a revelation. Keep on doing what you are doing

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location very close to the Kew Gardens. The food is fantastic at a fair price. It's a restaurant in a farm like place. Amazing environment with excelent service.

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AF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was magical and one of my all time favorite places that I have ever been. Could not recommend more highly. So, so special.

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SR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A very special place with incredible food - a new favourite

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambience, feels very intimate and special. Also the food and service were impeccable.

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M
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fabulous place to visit. Atmosphere and lay out just beautiful. Worth a visit just to soak in the ideas and beautiful surroundings.
Disappointed about the charge of £30 per head for late cancellation, whatever the reason. My friend broke her wrist on the day so my other half stepped in rather than lose £60.00. However, I do understand the need for a cancellation fee. I would not book ahead again and take pot luck with the tearoom which looked gorgeous. Restaurant was very empty when we were there for the 12 noon slot - but it was half term.
Rather expensive but worth it just to experience this gem of a place.

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive and the lamb wasn’t great but the setting is stunning.

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PT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Creative and tasty food for a bank holiday outing in a nice outdoorsy setting. A bit crowded and also erratic service (courses missing, chasing of waiters, etc), possibly due to busyness. Friendly though.

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely location. Great style. Food was enjoyable though a little pricey in the restaurant.

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PO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Even though I thought the service could have been better and I wasn’t delighted with my main.. I would recommend Petersham Nurseries for its beautiful shabby chic setting.

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A
London
37 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside under the wisteria is heavenly! It’s always a special treat for me to eat at Petersham nurseries In Richmond. Eating splendid food and buying special plants- my idea of a perfect day

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall we had a very good experience. The food is excellent, if a little pricey. However that is expected given the reputation of the place.

The service was good in places. The sommelier was excellent, and the waiters very friendly, but the service isn't quite what you'd expect for the price. It was mentioned to us by the waiter that the got a Michelin star but turned it down as they don't want the fine dining label. It almost felt like the waitering style was done on purpose to make it clear this isn't fine dining, but that just resulted in slow service at times. The response to questions about where our drinks had got to weren't great. I feel you either embrace the Michelin star or shun it completely. Mentioning that you are shunning it seems to defeat the object.

Our experience towards the end of our meal wasn't great owing to a birthday party next to us. No problem with the party per se, we all have them, but the way the guest behaved and the response of the restaurant wasn't great. The guests essentially had pre-dining drinks around our table and kept banging into my wife's chair. No fault on the restaurant, but when we asked if we could move, the response was not good. The did move us but the host concerned gave us a lot of attitude, and made it clear she wasn't happy about it.

I would recommend this place as overall the experience was good, and the party issue probably doesn't happen often. However, be prepared to pay a lot in terms of what you get for food and service.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Wonderful setting, especially on a sunny day. Good food. Staff were friendly, if a little slow to begin with. No wine by the glass other than prosecco, seemingly. £60 each for a main course, dessert, and 1/4 bottle of their cheapest wine on a Tuesday lunchtime. Overpriced. Same price as a 3 course lunch with wine at a 2 Michelin star restaurant in Mayfair.

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