Petersham Nurseries Cafe Richmond

4.5
1600 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 1600 People Are Saying
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PickyfromPutney
London
8 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

I wanted to do something special for a friend and her husband who rescued me from one of the worst days of my life. We had been to the Petersham Nurseries Cafe previously, and had enjoyed the ambience, but not the food., so it was with some trepidation that we booked dinner at my friend’s request. On this occasion, we were four for dinner, and I’m very sorry to say, it was a complete disaster of a meal. Firstly, there isn’t anything on the menu a competent home cook could not prepare. When you’re paying £90 for a meal (prix fixe), you expect more than fish stew (inedible and sent back as it had been on the heat so long the liquid had evaporated leaving an inedibly salty result), roast chicken, grilled steak, roast duck (portion size suitable for all four of us), and a vegetarian option that I had to stop eating as it contained a pepper so hot, I left for the ladies’ room with my eyes streaming. So, two main courses were inedible. We ordered two bottles of white wine and one of red. We were charged for two bottles of red and three of white. Keep in mind, we were only four people! There were no apologies, no offers to remove the price of the two inedible main courses from our bill, and my husband had to ask to speak to the manager in order to get the charges for the wine we did not order removed from our bill. The wait staff simply refused to believe we had only ordered three bottles. )WARNING: Photograph everything in case you need evidence! ) We will DEFINITELY NOT be back. Next time, I’ll hire a chef to come to my house and cook. It will be cheaper and better. Save your money. Fly to Italy for a meal. It will be better and cost less, flights included.

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TonyS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We met up with relatives for a belated birthday and anniversary lunch (pandemic postponed). Very much enjoyed the relaxed ambience, menu and service - a sense of space too, not crammed in. Beautifully presented foods with edible flowers. Surrounded by plants, flower arrangements, from the nursery, and eclectic furnishings under the conservatory roof blinds with the ceiling fans going on a sunny September day all made for a perfect outing.

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lucy
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always delightful to go to Petersham Nurseries - fabulous space, carefully considered and beautiful food, great staff. Would eat there every day if I could.

MB
MichaelB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A lovely place and nice staff. Good food and great ambience. Ideal for a big party and an intimate meal. If only it were closer.

JN
JamesN
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely ambiance. Very good service. Food is reliably good

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WSpring
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent

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Debra
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been looking forward to visiting for a long time and I was not disappointed, it was a birthday treat for my husband and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend you to take a visit

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Harry
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very expensive for what you get. Felt let down by their food - just wasn't special enough. The amount of food was fine but was a little peeved that they sent out my main with a piece of pork that was 75% fat (I'm not exaggerating).

This is food I would expect from a gastro pub which would put you back £25 - £30 per person, not £80 for 3 courses.

Real shame was expecting more.

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SarahT
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The food was alright, although the service left something to be desired. It was frustrating that the bill included a 12.5% service charge (which was exorbitant) and that Petersham seemed to view this as non-discretionary. Not a pleasant experience.

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ClaireR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely seasonal food in a beautiful surrounding. Was a nice treat.

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Scouser
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday treat, wonderful food,service and ambience, it really is a magical place and in Richmond close to the River walks.

It is a little pricey but food was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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timothye
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always . Great food, wonderful ambience and perfect for a special occasion

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Didi
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience sitting beneath vines on a summer’s day. Good food and service, but very over priced.

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ellieb
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful place and the food and service is amazing.

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Coombs
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We initially went to the wrong ‘greenhouse’ and we were approached by a lady who informed us that it was a private party and we must go to the main restaurant. It was a mistake on our part but we just found the lady quite abrupt the way she’s spoken to us. A little bit of politeness would be nice.

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RobertP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing setting, seasonal produce and perfect service
Would go back immediately.

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Stewie1973
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I’ve been to the restaurant at Petersham Nurseries several times and it’s always been a special treat. Today was also a special occasion, the food was great, our server Zahra was brilliant and very attentive, the sommelier recommend some great wine - this was all exactly what I was expecting.

What I didn’t expect was one of our meals (the burrata) to include a bit of plastic - but it did. It ended up in one of my party’s mouth and was probably packaging from the kitchen. While our server Zahra was mortified and apologised profusely I found the insincerity of the apology by the (female) restaurant manager while she was collecting plates to be incredibly poor.

The other issue I had was the pricing on their menu - which I have attached. In particular the entry for Ayala Champagne which is listed here as £16. We ordered two bottles for the table. While I appreciate it does not make the distinction as to whether this price is for a glass or bottle, I found their attitude and subsequent response to my query on price when we got the final bill was not what I expected. In my opinion I found their menu to be misleading, they did not agree and instead of trying to diffuse the situation they made it worse. While I don’t like removing a service charge, I felt like I needed to have it removed to show the restaurant of my unhappiness.

This is not the kind of experience I expect from a place where I’ve had such great times at before, perhaps they lost their high level of customer service during lockdown? One thing is for sure, I will think twice about going to this restaurant again in the future after today’s experience.

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RaluG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing and unique atmosphere, great food and an impressive selection of fine Italian wines!

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JanF
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious a real treat and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

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DebbieB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The atmosphere/decor/ambience are amazing. A very romantic setting. I chose sirloin and maybe I was unlucky, but for the price, it was too sinewy/chewey for me. I enjoyed the setting very much and staff were pleasant.

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SimonP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Over priced plain food, nothing special, spare your wallet!

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hls50
London
43 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Petersham Nurseries Supper Clubs always feel very special. The food was exceptionally good (we had linguine vongole, beef carpaccio and Monkfish and Gurnard stew - all delicious). The service was most attentive and the ambience and lighting delightful.

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nadia
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food ambience and service, fantastic wine selection

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VictoriaS
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday celebration. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was really buzzy. Definitely recommend!

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Derek
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic place to eat, lunch or dinner. Great, food, service and wine. I travel 80mins to eat here.

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AnnWally
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening best Vongole outside of Italy!
Setting was beautiful.
Two suggestions-
Now that the dark evenings are here please improve the lighting as you leave the restaurant back to the car park. It’s dangerous.
Happy with the bill but found it totally incomprehensible. I like to know what I’m paying for.
But a great evening otherwise.

DP
DawnP
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Steaks arrived with the wrong rarity; taken back & finally the right order arrived.

The steak was meant to be well cooked but there was still blood running through.

The tea was forgotten.

Not sure if this was the norm but service was exceedingly slow. Food took ages to arrive.

A sure sign when it’s too slow is when the conversation runs dry. It became arid.

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NigelG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While the meal was not unenjoyable, it was by no means memorable and frankly NOT good valuefor money-indeed extremely overpriced!

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FlyingScotsman
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Since our last visit (some time ago) the menu has moved to £65 for a set menu of three courses. Whilst the venue and the way we were looked after are top notch, the food itself does not justify this eye watering price. The presentation with flowers etc is very pretty, but the main courses we had were simply cooked breast of chicken and fillet of pork.

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SimonQ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round!
Food, service and ambience all exceptional.

BH
BridgetH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely place, food pretty good although we needed a sharper knife to cut the chicken, it wasn't tough to eat but the blunt knife didn't flatter it. Slightly brusque waiter who kept pouring us water in that rather intrusive fine dining way, odd in a place with sand on the floor. I had the impression that he wanted the table although I don't think it was needed as there were plenty free. Lovely restaurant though.

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Verko
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Nice setting, friendly service, mediocre oily food for the price.

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OliviaG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2 course lunch at the Petersham Nurseries was one of the best experiences I have ever had! The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful- one of the top places to eat in London and a beautiful day out too!

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Clara
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a treat. Book the resto for a special occasion!

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Carly
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful space, and what delicious food! Lots of options for meat eaters and vegetarians, and has a kids menu too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a beautiful place to go for dinner and the food was really delicious!

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SallyH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Nice atmosphere. Hugely overpriced. Food not particularly well cooked.

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LivL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great treat for a bank holiday weekend lunch. Is of course not cheap but you know that when booking. The wine list needs to be updated on the website as was different when we got there. Also worth noting they don’t have a spirits licence so no cocktails. Staff were really attentive, food was delicious and the setting is gorgeous. Also spotted the afternoon teas going out to the Teahouse which looked fab so will be going back for that. Also nice looking around the shop and garden centre.

JD
vipJokD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Kindly Managed to squeeze us in on Saturday for lunch after our friends couldnt make Friday night. Food was exceptional again but it was busy and consequently service was intermittent.

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Petersham Nurseries Cafe Richmond is rated 4.5 stars by 1600 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.