The Petersham

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£41 and over
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Italian
An elegant refined, a la carte restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, The Petersham is a culinary oasis in a fast-paced urban environment. Alongside lunch and dinner, enjoy a delicious pre-theatre menu served daily between 5pm and 6.30pm and a spectacular afternoon tea served 3pm – 4.30pm every Thursday to Sunday. During spring and summer months, tables flow out on to Floral Court, giving diners the opportunity to eat and drink al fresco. Respecting the Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair, the menu offers simple, seasonal and sustainable food with a focus on quality ingredients and Italian flavours. Suppliers have been carefully selected during food buying trips, with family owned and run Haye Farm supplying poultry, eggs and organic fruit and vegetables to all Petersham Nurseries restaurants. Drawing inspiration from Boglione’s Richmond family home, Petersham House, the interiors demonstrate a charming elegance.

Special Offers

Pre-theatre menu: 2/3 courses £29.50/£34

Set in the heart of Covent Garden, The Petersham offers a pre-theatre menu, served from 5pm to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Petersham is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal before the theatre, ballet or opera. Diners can choose between two courses for £29.50 or three courses for £34.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Cancellation Policy: For parties of seven people or more, the cancellation policy is 48 hours’ notice. The cancellation fee is £50 per person.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 11 November 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30

London Restaurant Festival: The Petersham tasting menu £60

A showcase of the à la carte menu, enjoy six courses that focus on the finest seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours. There is also the option to add a paired wine flight.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. The entire party must dine from the set menu. Cancellation Policy: For parties of seven people or more, the cancellation policy is 48 hours’ notice. The cancellation fee is £50 per person.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:30

What 642 People Are Saying
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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxing ambience and friendly service. Great range of vegetarian options. Quite expensive for comfort style food.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location for a pre dinner show with a delicious and well Served main.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great pre theatre dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday, great setting, service and food!

T
London
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a nice lunch. As part of the Petersham Nurseries, the decor and atmosphere was very nice and seasonal. The service was good and pleasant. Although I enjoyed my starter (delica pumpkin, bufala mozzarella and radicchio) and main (lemon sole with capers, chilli and orange zest), my husband found his white truffle pasta dish bland. It was a shame as he loves truffle. I hope that can be improved as I'd like to go back and try their desserts.

JP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

For the price, the portions are on the mean side, a little over £100 per head with wines at the bottom end of the wine list which seemed expensive. There appears to be no publication of the wine list on their website so not easy to check the percentage mark-up . But the most disappointing aspect was being told when the restaurant telephoned earlier to confirm the booking for 8.30pm that they would require the table back after only 2 hours – i.e. 10.30pm. It is true they withdrew that stipulation on a threat of the booking going elsewhere but any restaurant that thinks it is reasonable for people to get seated, enjoy an aperitif, select food and wine for the evening over 3 courses with coffee (perhaps a digestif), pay the bill and get out within 120 minutes clearly doesn’t care much about their paying customer so why would the paying customer want to return?

J
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

High quality food, service below par. Everything took ages and serving staff were a bit weird.

g
London
287 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Petersham is a venue you have to experience. To me it felt a little cramped but the food compensates for that. Lovely autumn menu too

L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Slightly underwhelmed sadly. Service, decor and ambiance were all excellent. The produce was all clearly high end but a little bit bland. For the money you pay I would go elsewhere for a more wow factor meal.

TG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, lovely food, abominable service.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was a bit disappointed in the food and service for what we paid- nothing outstanding. There was a big group leaving as we arrived and we didn’t get noticed by staff for a quite while. On the plus side it was a beautiful venue.

KO
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in London! Great atmosphere, wonderful and fresh food. Excellent attention to dietary restrictions.

AN
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely staff and beautiful decor. A bit pricey but will definitely be returning for special occasions

OT
Essex
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Don’t like the restaurant adding discretionary 12.5% tips !!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been to the Petersham for my birthday.

It is a nice restaurant located in covent garden. The food is good but not exceptional, and considering the bill we paid and am disappointed.

To explain the above, we had 2 cocktails, a bottle of water, bread (4 small slices), rump stake with wild mushrooms to share (the meal was prepared for two) with mashed potatoes and cabbage, for a total of £120. We didn't even have wine! The price could have been easily reduced to £80 and still be profitable for the restaurant. I found the price unreasonable for the quantity and quality of food.

I will not go back to the Petersham. Shame, the restaurant is nice!

Alessia

GP
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I visited the restaurant with my friend and went for the tasting menu. The food was good but the best part was the service! We were really lucky to have Peppe as our waiter! He was not only attentive but also knowledgeable of the dishes. His warm attitude made our evening!

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! What can one say? The food was out of this world and the service faultless. Thank you for such a memorable meal.

CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the ambiance - I would definitely recommend it to anyone

V
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, beautiful food and drinks. Great Afternoon tea

MD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The starters were good. Some dishes where amazing! But the Vegetarian Aubergine dish was so bland. The passion fruit meringue dessert was amazing but the Almond tart with pistachio ice-cream was very dry & the ice-cream did not taste of pistachios at all! Service was v good & our waiter took on all our comments. The drinks menu was original & we loved everything. Ambience gorgeous!

SR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious sounding menu. Enjoyed all our food but is wasn’t served very hot. The pasta first course was ok but the fish main looked like the creamed potato had been waiting around awhile. Bread served was not super fresh. We were there for the pre theatre menu as had tickets for the ballet. The bread felt as though we were being served lunch time left over.
For a gorgeous ambience I would recommend to friends but with a gentle mention food could have been served better. Hopefully this was a one off?

EM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Petersham has a beautiful ambiance. Autumnal floral and leaf arrangements were stunning. Friendly, helpful wait staff. The food was delicious. Fish perfectly cooked and the wine was devine, we took a photograph of the wine list so that we could find the wines back home!

J
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Cold hot chocolate, missing items on our afternoon tea. Overall extremely expensive for very little food and so busy the staff weren’t overly attentive.

A
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best dining experiences I've had in London. The service was impeccable; warm and friendly. I just loved the finishing touches on everything - the snapdragon flower on my hummus, the beautiful illustrations on the menu, the floral displays and the light fittings. I had the fish and it was so sweet and delicate.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly, the service was great, and the food was exceptional.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but they made a mistake on the fish main meal that delayed 3 people’s main courses as they redid them ( there were 8 of us dining) The service overall was pretty poor for the calibre of restaurant and we kept having to track down a server whenever we needed anything. To be fair they didn’t not charge us for the 3 main meals and removed any service charge so they did acknowledge the problem and dealt with it well.

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

What a fantastic restaurant, the staff are brilliant and attentive even when it’s incredibly busy. Very intimate place yet is full of energy at the same time. All the food is superb. Can’t wait to go back.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really beautiful restaurant and excellent food. The service was attentive but not too overwhelming. Just right.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at the Petersham was absolutely wonderful! Great food, great ambiance and an absolutely lovely manager who helped make our evening all the more special. Looking forward to returning soon!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Private event made it less enjoyable for people eating there

AP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, very lovely waiter from Sicily 🙏🏼😉and the food was delicious. Thank you, we will come back fore sure
Alessandro and Christoph

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special thanks to our waiter Thomas who made the day unforgettable for us! GREAT service!!!!

ME
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Petersham is such a lovely experience. Very pretty things to look at everywhere and the food quality is divine.

LB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre dinner celebrating family member Birthday. Sorry we didn’t have longer to enjoy the wonderful food, service and surroundings. Also great wine list!

EL
Miami
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

fantastic experience! we loved their lychee and rose black tea.

I
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Rip off if we consider quality of the food vs price

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

I had the delight of already visiting the Petersham twice before for special occasions so when it was my birthday I knew where I wanted to book. First you are in awe yet comfortable with the space; so beautiful and welcoming, then the friendly professional service leads you into a relaxed special evening. This is followed by the fresh, absolutely divine food. It is truly by special place to visit on special occasions. Just perfect.

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to The Petersham. My friend and I enjoyed the fresh food and the recommendation from the sommelier was great. The food is really fresh and seasonal and while it was busy it wasn't too noisy. The perfect place to unwind on an evening. We will definitely be going back.

CC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Made a 3:30 booking for afternoon tea for my sisters birthday on a Saturday. The staff were very friendly and the food and drinks were delicious - couldn't fault the food at all, but the timing of the service was awful - i have never been to an afternoon tea that took so long to serve.

The booking was for 3:30 and we arrived on time, and it was a set menu for afternoon tea so the tea order would be the only part of the meal that was different for all diners. It then took 20 minutes for anyone to take our drinks order, another 15 minutes for anyone to bring our drinks and another 30 minutes after that to be brought our food - by which time it was 4:30 (an hour later) and we had drunk most of our tea.

The Petersham also start their dinner service at 5pm, so by the time we had started eating our food staff were setting up for dinner around us which ruined the atmosphere.

Would come again for lunch or dinner as the food was delicious, but dont think The Petersham are prepared to do afternoon tea.

N
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic afternoon tea at The Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden. From the delicious rose petal Bellini to yummy savouries, scones and patisserie ... too much to eat - so boxed up and taken home. Seamless, friendly and efficient service - will definitely be returning!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely setting, very good food, and attentive staff.
But lacked a bit of atmosphere. And the wine by the glass was expensive.
But overall I’d recommend.