Petersham Nurseries Cafe Richmond

4.5
1632 reviews
£41 and over
European
Petersham Nurseries is a lifestyle destination that includes a plant nursery, an elegant greenhouse restaurant offering set menus for all diners, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1632 People Are Saying
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ThomasBH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, delicious for every course. Desserts were fantastic, particularly the Grappa soaked sponge with pine nuts. Very good and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service received from our waiter was rude to say the least. I have never experienced service so rude and had food thrown at the table. The man had no manners and this isn’t what you expect from an expensive restaurant.

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CatherineL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu choices, food was excellent, service excellent, waiter very knowledgeable about wines. Overall fantastic experience.

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Beth
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service but felt the lunch was overpriced, however, the overall experience was delightful.
Parking a nightmare.

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jacob
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been before
It is not cheap,but excellent for a very nice dining experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Delicious food but a very long wait between the first course and the main course (over an hour) as our server forgot to follow through with the main course.
We were given a complimentary glass of wine and a reduction in the bill but I just wish we’d been served on time!

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic night our
Great food service and atmosphere

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GulliversTravels
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back don’t hestitate just go, food, scenery, ambience and service 5 stars

SM
SonjaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice experience and auch a treat to dine in the nurseries 🥰

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lolo
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food and setting, something a little different.

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Digenean
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and service at Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond. I had the beetroot salad and chicken which they adjusted for my allergies. My husband's risotto starter was delicious, the highlight of the meal, but the lamb was too rare for him. We should have predicted this as that is the trend. The staff were masked, which is reassuring. Be aware that the cafe has a sand floor, so don't wear shoes that are easily marked. Clothing is casual to smart.

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amelia
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

If you go for the place, the grounds are always lovely, food is mediocre, you can eat it, but for what you pay, it’s uninspiring, even for a “bistro “ standard, my soup was nice, normal, my husband risotto, overcooked.
The service is very good, almost 20£
A village donation of 2£ was added, without asking! You know what to expect

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VirginiaS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The food and atmosphere were amazing I personally found the food too expensive (2 courses for £55)and the fact that they don’t make you aware of the set menu at the time of your booking is not great form when you are paying that much.

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CathyMaloo
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Attentive service and lovely ambience. Good but variable food - some dishes lacking the wow factor (eg some very fatty lamb, and damson sorbet with slivers of crystallised pear, rather than a whole pear that we'd hoped for).

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vipDanielaP
19 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location, great food

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romah
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really wonderful experience. Our only comment was that the courses were pretty big! I could have done with just two starters! But lovely food.

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining in uniquely beautiful and relaxed surroundings. Staff very friendly and charming, service excellent.

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Diana
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A tad noisy - pretty full of chatty lunchers… and truthfully, on the expensive side for a
Lunch with just water and a coffee. Felt more expensive than the last time I was with you and means I won’t come as often !

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Frogettes
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were 6 lady friends, none of us had been to Petersham before so very excited.The food, particularly the starters looked and tasted beautiful. A minor mix up where one of our mains was overlooked was rectified efficiently, promptly and professionally. We all left feeling very happy and replete - couldn't manage a dessert.
All in all a memorable occasion, fantastic thankyou

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SarahC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly staff, delicious food and great ambience.

KB
KatB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The setting was beautiful & the service was good but, personally, I was underwhelmed by the food. For the price I was expecting extremely tasty fare. Perhaps we didn't choose our dishes well. Our bill was c.£230 for 2 for lunch (including wine & service).

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vipsantorini
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and service but let down by the food and price .Excellent appetizers with mini pizza and fried fish cheeks. Beef carpaccio starter and squid risotto were very good. Beef sirloin was far over salted. Duck breast was okay. One dessert good and the other (frangipane) bland. The biggest issue was value for money at £90 per head.

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AbigailF
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I wouldn’t go back. Underwhelming, Overpriced and Insincere.

Accommodating staff when problems with running late. Very understanding and helpful.

Venue is delightful. Relaxed, boho, stunning.

Service was attentive but insincere. They took note of the fact it was a special occasion but failed to take note on the day. Asked all the right questions as if on a tick list.

The sheer volume of competing high end restaurants made me think this would be a wonderful dining experience given ‘the buzz’ following it has.

The food was mediocre at best. The delicate fig and mozzarella was overpowered by a swimming pool of olive oil which totally overpowered the dish. The monkfish was over cooked and the best part of the dish was the plate it came on.

Wine and champagne were wonderful.

The 12.5.% discretionary service charge was added to an unwarrantedly large big.

I’m not shy to pay for amazing dining experiences but this will not be one I will repeat.

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DenitzaM
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Love the space and the concept. The food is nice but menu price is too high in spite of portions being quite generous.

£90 for three dishes plus appetiser as only option can be a bit steep for many. Add drink and you're talking over £100 per person! That's expensive for an evening non Michelin meal.

It would be useful to have an option for a 2 dish menu at a lower price.
Not everyone can eat all that food!

Will visit again but in the day time when menu is more flexible and reasonably priced. Do love the place!

RC
RC78
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Superb lunch at Petersham. Food was fantastic. The quality of ingredients is clear and the dishes are well executed. Waiter was very good. My only criticism would be the ladies on the reception for the restaurant could have been friendlier. Other than this, it was fantastic.

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MikaelF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed italian feel with super professional service and amazing food and wine. Go!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, great service

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AmyS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great last minute booking, which was a pleasure. Would highly recommend

VH
VanessaH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was excellent and able to very quickly help us identify all the items on the menu that could be adjusted given the dietary requirements of the group. The food was beautifully presented and though we had to wait a while for our mains, they were absolutely delicious. Sadly there were two ladies with their dogs present, one of which was yelping throughout our meal. Nothing seemed to be done about this (we had people with dog allergies at our table).

JD
JacquelineD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venue location and food makes it an absolute must revisit

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Steve
Surrey
17 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Petersham Nurseries Restaurant for a special lunch. Really pleased we did - great atmosphere, superb food and excellent service. Not cheap - but definitely worth the cost. We shall go there again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambiance. Love it. Unique one-of-kind restaurant in London. Make the trip!

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ConG
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were very excited to have a Sunday lunch in the restaurant as we had heard very good reviews from friends, but ended up being quite disappointed with our experience. The appetisers and starters were very nice, but then we had to wait for quite a while for our mains. They final came out over a 1hr 3/4 after we had first been seated. 3 out of the 4 main meals were not good. It looked like they had been under a hot lamp for too long. The two Monkfish dishes were very rubbery and the duck was quite dry. We would of sent the dishes back but did not have time as two of our party had to rush back due to the delay to pick their baby up from the grand parents. I really expect higher level of food and service from a restaurant which costed over £80 per head for lunch.

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service is a beautiful setting with amazing food.

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DeborahC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely evening. The food was great and the atmosphere was beautiful. Really delightful service too.

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Mike
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious seasonal produce, well balanced menu and lovely atmosphere. I would say a little on the expensive side for the quality of dishes compared with other restaurants around this price point, the quality of the ingredients is great however. Overall an enjoyable place for a lunch though.

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Caramelo
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely rustic setting but the fans were irritating - are they necessary? It was such a beautiful warm sunny day, not hot.

My duck was a splendid arrangement of flavours however the meat was very tough. I was chewing for what seemed like ages. The desert was superb though quite a large serve which was a bit unnecessary after such a big main course.

Unfortunately the noise level was really too high. I know the place is popular especially on a Saturday but it was too difficult to talk.

Might return but never on a Saturday.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The 55 pounds minimum charge per person was not explained properly to us. I’d suggest you to write next to “2 courses 55£” the words “per person” as ones could assume that is 2 of 3 courses in general per table and not per person. Aside from this I think that the food is quite overpriced. I’d find an alternative solution to the set menu if you need to make a minimum amount of money per table as explained by the manager: he said that because of covid you are forced to charge that amount of money. It’s a very poor excuse.

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AnnaW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic location and decor. Perfect place for a nice lunch and a stroll by the river after. Recommend a visit

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and great food.

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Petersham Nurseries Cafe Richmond is rated 4.5 stars by 1632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.