The Petersham

4.2
258 reviews
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£41 and over
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
An oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Petersham is an elegant and refined à la carte restaurant. Drawing inspiration from the family home, Petersham House in Richmond, the interiors demonstrate the Boglione’s passion for contemporary art, Murano glassware and understated grandeur, reflecting their personal tastes and collections.

Respecting the Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair and the traditions on which Petersham Nurseries Richmond was founded, The Petersham focuses on the finest seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours, serving lunch and dinner, with pre and post-theatre menus.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee seating in the courtyard.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, British
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00–15:00
Afternoon Tea
Thursday - Sunday 15:00–16:15
Pre-theatre
Daily 17:00–18:30
Dinner
Tuesday - Saturday 17:00–22:30
Sunday - Monday 17:00-21:00
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Phone number
020 7305 7676
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Damian Clisby
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Parking Details
If possible, it is best to avoid driving to Covent Garden as parking is very restricted. If driving, it is essential to remember to pay the Congestion Charge. The charge can be paid online, in selected shops and petrol stations, by post, by SMS from your mobile phone or by phone on +44 (0)20 7649 9122.
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Public Transit
We are located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations. For assistance with planning your journey, please speak to a member of our team on 020 7305 7676
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Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 258 People Are Saying
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4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection!

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Memphis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was notified of a special occasion through the open table booking but the event was never recognized. The service was poor as we seemed to get lost in a small restaurant with the server never checking on our table. We were overall disappointed and will not be returning.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very slow service , waiting for drinks and wine for ages .
Many waiters seem don’t bother or extremely tired of people .

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

Beautiful setting, but poor, impersonal and inattentive service. Food is ok but nothing spectacular at that price point

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

Loved shopping before an excellent meal. The staff were very attentive and the chef was very accommodating when I asked if I could change one of the options for another

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P
London
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my Dad’s Birthday. The staff were fabulous and made it a special occasion. It’s not the same vibe as Petersham Nurseries but it’s very good.

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s
London
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

nice room for pre theatre supper . service friendly but slapdash. Cooking seemed inprecise , one dish excellent (mine !) one okay, one below par.

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MB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The place is very difficult to find very nice decor but is very noisy and overcrowded. Good wine list but like the food ( which was good) it wS quite overpriced. There may be other restaurants in town where the food is as good the the ambit is better

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q
London
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is lovely but the restaurant is very noisy, the food is expensive and the wine even more expensive.

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AR
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic!

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S
London
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful venue and a great new addition to Covent Garden.

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o
London
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre-advised my wife was a coeliac but they still no gluten free pasta, even though the GF bread they had was very good.

As a result, she could not have the tagliarini with white truffle so all the table asked for risotto with white truffle.

What we got their standard menu risotto (with artichoke) and a few shavings of white truffle.

Really not up to standard.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with impeccable service, food quality was excellent but quite small portions.

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CK
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

A little disappointing as we were looking forward to a large family lunch to celebrate a birthday. We were allocated the alcove which was a great space (very hot though even in December). Because it was out of the way we were constantly leaving the table to ask for service when we needed extra drinks or other requests. The waiter was a bit snappy when children had changed seats. The roast potatoes were REALLY undercooked and actually not enjoyable at all. It's worth it for the view and prior to the booking they had been accommodating our requests.

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n
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Visited restaurant yesterday and was instantly impressed
by the decor. Service was ok initially ... quite pedestrian.. not overly warm or welcoming but I can live with that. Starters were beautiful but then it went a bit downhill. Our mains appeared without the side and when we chased ... we did not get an update as to whether they were coming or not. We waited a few minutes and then decided to eat ... the sides arrived after we had finished. We were offered a cursory apology and a dessert on the house which was better than nothing I suppose. No one really seemed to go over and above and make amends it was all rather clinical and automated. Also most of the toilets seemed to be out of order which I appreciate may be outside the restaurants immediate control but it just didn’t add to the experience. I consider this a premium priced restaurant but found it lacked the panache of many places I have been too..... they just don’t seem to have any “warmth” in their approach and I came away a bit disappointed unfortunately. There are many places in London I would rather go to and frequent regularly. This wasn’t worth the price for the experience.

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RK
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A peaceful oasis in busy Covent Garden serving delicious food and gorgeous decor

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Toilets didnt work

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Quantity of food is really poor.

Waited 40 mintues after starter for main course.

Waiter was very nice.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was looking forward to eating here but I have to say it was very disappointing and way overpriced for what we had. The restaurant itself is lovely and service was good, but the food was very average Indeed. I had the risotto to start and was was over seasoned with far to much salt. Main course at £28 was 3 small pieces of pork fillet on lumpy mash potato and a piece of kale and presentation was poor. Wine was excellent with very good choice as was the cheeseboard. All in all I would give this place 5/10 and would not return.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We found the Petersham (eventually) in a beautiful courtyard filled with trees draped with Christmas lights. The interior was pleasant, but relatively spartan compared to the very idiosyncratic and busy design of the Petersham Nursery in Richmond. We seemed to be in a slightly draughty area, I was cold. My Scallop Crudo (cold, with Navel orange) was superb. The John Dory was very well cooked and tasty but it, and the accompanying polenta, were bordering on the lukewarm. My Raspberry and Almond Tart with Mascarpone was very nice but fairly standard. Our main issue was with the service. Our staff were helpful and obliging but underskilled, leaning across people to put cutlery and dishes down, slow to top up drinks, and the worst offence - carrying soup to the table with a thumb over the edge of the bowl, which seemed very amateurish. Our booking was a Monday night so maybe we had the B team, but it's quite an expensive restaurant and I hoped for more.

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A very nice meal made even nicer by the lovely Christmas lights around Floral Court....

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JC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our second visit here, took my very fussy son who could not fault the food or service.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place with a lush green courtyard. The food was delicious and mind blowing. Simple delicate flavours that brought the dish to life. Definitely a must to do in Covent Garden.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor value for money and service not up to the standard you would expect whith these prices. On top of everything we were charged for main courses we didn't order and there was no apology or even an on the house offer of coffees.

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As a vegan, I was very happy with the options on the menu and enjoyed the meal.
We were going to the theatre and needed quick service. This was provided with no problems.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with colleagues and clients. Attentive and friendly staff, food was delicious and the setting is very special.

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a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous surroundings and wonderful presentation for afternoon tea and food was delicious .Service was friendly and very efficient.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The waiter didn’t ask us if we wanted mains and as we were so busy chatting after ordering starters we forgot to mention. After our starters arrived they asked if we wanted mains and we said of course! They arrived and my veg parmigiana was miniscule and our party felt the food was very average. When the bill arrived we realised we had been ripped of when we paid for what we ate. They completely ignored our table of 4 most of the night. V disappointing and won’t return.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful and delicious supper of pumpkin soup, langoustines, john mory and mussels with seasonal vegetables purple sprouting broccoli and Jerusalem artichokes, all cooked and presented beautifully. The Vette Italian Sauvignon blanc was also delicious. Definitely return for a midweek treat.

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RD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Super location, friendly and good service, let down by some of the food and inflated prices.

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LB
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought I had booked for tea but when we arrived we were told that I had booked instead for dinner and tea service was over. Seeing our diss appointment, the maître d’hotel talked to the kitchen and we had a wonderful tea in a beautiful setting. Food was delicious and it made our day!

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m
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the venue and the service but the food was just OK.

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S
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Found this attractive restaurant down a little passage off Floral St Covent Garden. I am always on the look out for good restaurants close to the opera house and this was a great find. The pre theatre menu is very good value. All courses were delicious:
A homemade looking buffalo mozzarella, beautifully seasoned and successfully paired with citrus slices
Tender duck leg with flageolet beans, creamy mashed potato and vegetables
Spectacularly good lemon tart, about which my sister in law and I have been fantasising ever since. Reminded me of my mum's lemon meringue pie (without the meringue) but with a thick lemon curd texture and just popping with the fresh taste of lemons. Wonderful crisp pastry too. Superb!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab Friday lunch at The Petersham hidden away in a new square in Covent Garden between king and floral
Street. A real
Oasis. This is the signature restaurant there is also a Italian tapas bar across the square run by petersham nurseries. The dining room is lovely and airy with great art and plants. Menu very seasonal and changes often with a wide range for all palates . Great use of seasonal vegetables and fruit and innovative cooking. Wine list all Italian great range of prices and special cocktails. Service slick without being in your face. Worth a visit

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and delightful food. Beautiful surroundings - all in all a treat

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JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful room, good service and lovely food. The wine list is outstanding but quite expensive.

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TG
London
27 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was beautiful and amazing service the food couldn’t be faulted excellent all round

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GF
London
159 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

First visit here and have to say was disappointed. We had pre theatre dinner at 5.30 on Sunday and was quiet and very bright inside. Ambience not what I expected. 2 course pre theatre was £27.50 and small and nice but that was about all. First and last visit for me.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice dining room, lovely friendly staff but table was right in front of main door - felt busy and breezy and incredibly loud!

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A really lovely way to celebrate our anniversary! We hope to return to try the dinner menu.

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