Petersham Nurseries Cafe
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.
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.
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.
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.
We reallly enjoyed our birthday lunch. We thought the food was excellent and there was a large wine menu to compliment. I would say the service was subtle so that is good to allow conversation to flow but not so good when you need a refill to try and catch someones attention. The pricing I found was a little steep and would rival a square mile high end restaurant. But the food was absolutely excellent.
So happy my dog could come too.
Loved it so much, booked for next week too.
The most amazing setting , fantastic members of staff and beautifully presented food . Never disappointed by this beautiful place
I was really looking forward to returning to Petersham Nurseries this but overall disappointed. Whilst the main course was good (Brill) the rest was very average but at a high price. The team kept checking in with us yet not really paying attention. The location is nice and surroundings lovely.
Appetisers were completely forgotten about then brought at same time as starters - we were nearly finished our mains by time a manager came to apologise and offer to take price of appetisers off menu - my roast chicken was cold and underwhelming as was the apple crumble .... crumble was bitty.... custard had no taste and none of my meal was hot, except the delicious side order of corguettes ...
Delightful in every way, will certainly come back when I am in London!
The food was delicious and the service patient, informal and respectful and the ambience delightful. Inly the parking left a little to be desired! Not much can be done tho.
We went for my special birthday so it was a treat. Not sure I would recommend the place because the parking is SHOCKING as there isn’t really a car park just an unmade, one way track up to Petersham Nurseries.
This was not made clear when we entered this track in order to get to the nurseries so it was utter chaos as cars were trying to get out as other cars were trying to come in. Once you turn into the track from the road then you’re committed to continue up the track but then on our occasion, we had to back out all the way back to a small turning point near the main road at the end of the track. This is whilst people are walking along this same track.
We finally found a parking space, unfortunately in a residential road nearby. I sure the local residents are really fed up with the clientele of Petersham parking in their road but there’s no alternative.
We then had to walk back to Petersham along said track which as I mentioned, is unmade. At the time of our visit, it was pouring with rain so there were many deep puddles along the unmade track and we got splashed several times along the way by cars who were having the same parking experience as we had.
Eventually when we arrived for our lunch, we were harassed and not in the best of moods to have lunch.
Great place for a special treat. The vegetables tasted freshly picked and the atmosphere was lively. Expensive though!
Ambience is the best thing going for the cafe. The food was not amazing. Three of us had the grilled squid as a main and we asked before ordering if it was very tender, not chewy, and we were told they were (as one might expect), but it was rather chewy and tasteless. If it wasn't for the prices we were paying, it would be fine, but for mains that are ~£30 and starters ~£15, you definitely are paying for the unique conservatory surroundings you are in.
So disappointing, I’ve wanted to come for years but the quality of Skye Gyngells cooking has long since gone when she left for Spring. Inattentive slow service, over priced bland food, 15minute queue for the loo. What should have been a birthday treat felt like a robbery.
Very disappointed on our second visit. Chef must have changed. The place is still very charming, service is still good enough but food was bland at best. Last year, it was fresh and refined, this time it was lack any refinement. Desserts in particular were disappointing. Panacotta was a blob of tasteless fat, crumble was badly cooked rhubarb with another blob of tasteless fat cream on top and the olive oil ice cream on top of the unappetising chocolate dessert was so powerful, it felt like drinking olive oil from the bottle. Before that, chicken was bland, octopus was so rubbery it could not be cut... This place needs to find a chef, urgently or its charm will stop drawing crowds...
Loved dining here. It had the perfect balance between white collar service and a casual and relaxed meal amongst so many beautiful plants and floral decorations. Loved that dogs were more than welcome too.
Exquisite place to have lunch or supper. Great atmosphere. A very special place.
What a wonderful place.............................................................................................................................
Excellent service, innovative but unpretentious food.
Beautifully presented and prefect size dishes. Seasonal and inspiring.
Delightful place, nice service but shockingly overpriced for quite simple food.
My companion and I (neither of us fussy eaters) both thought the goat’s cheese ice cream was revolting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High price point would suggest better all round quality, but honestly would have got better food in a bog standard pub.
Will not be recommending or returning.
Just grab a coffee and cake instead.
Very enjoyable lunch with my mother. A little pricey but beautiful ambiance and could not fault the food. Great for a special occasion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent service, delicious food, outstanding setting on a sunny day.
Just wonderful. Food was delicious and the service was fabulous. A perfect Saturday afternoon with my friends
Amazing food, beautiful setting, nothing compares. Fabulous dining experience.
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.
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.
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.
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!