The Petersham

4.2
437 reviews
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
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  • Romance
An elegant refined, a la carte restaurant in the heart of theatre land, The Petersham is a culinary oasis in a fast-paced urban environment. Alongside lunch and dinner, enjoy a delicious pre-theatre menu served daily, offering two courses for £29.50 and three courses for £34, and a spectacular afternoon tea served 3.30pm – 5pm 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 and understated
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TT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food with finesse. Expect to pay more as you do for this quality of food

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CM
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although I did not find the food that stellar (especially if compared to the price) the quality of the ambience and the service is top. Will definitively go again when the weather gets more sunny to try the outside area

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in London!

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HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The produce is fresh beyond belief, service is friendly and attentive and the space is beautiful. Very much recommend the lemon sole and the pavlova.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service and bland food. Pretty interior design though!

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DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, food was tasty and the pre theatre menu was good value with good choice

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l
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant tucked in a courtyard just off bustling covent garden. We enjoyed the prix fixe theatre dinner. The portions were very generous and the food was outstanding. Service was personable and attentive but not too much so. Highly recommend. Great selection of wines.

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AS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was searching on opentable for afternoon tea so I went ahead and booked the 5:30 slot. I don’t know what went wrong .. cuz when we got there they said they didn’t have afternoon tea on that day. It’s only from Thursday-Sunday ! So we had dinner instead !

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MH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to have dinner. Beautiful food and atmosphere without being stuffy or pretentious. Will definitely be returning.

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been to Richmond a number of times before and enjoyed the food. Unfortunately the food at Covent Garden was disappointing. Starters were fine but lacked flavour, beef main course was extremely chewy to the point of being inedible, and baked sole was the smallest I have seen. We returned the beef and ordered lamb instead, which was still chewy but a bit more edible. The ambience and service is good but the food was a big disappointment and not good value for money.

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EO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a early dinner, pre-theatre. Good food, lovely venue but an expensive lunch. Service was friendly.

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c
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The venue was beautiful. Loved the planting and floral bouquets. The food was delicious but not too filling so left feeling very content.
Music was too loud so people were tending to talk loud to be heard.
Staff very pleasant and attentive.

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great in season food. Service was a little slow, lacked attention to detail (water, refills, empty dishes) but overall a wonderful atmosphere

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IJ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Whilst I hold myself personally responsible for myself, as a restaurant with pre-theatre bookings, it would be helpful if a customer, who does put it specifically in the note to the establishment and orders pre-theatre menu, could be given the food in a timely manner so they do not miss their show. I realise it is a new-ish restaurant but it might help if front of house know what timings (esp start timesl are for shows nearby (opera, ballet, musical).

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KF
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food exquisite, ambience perfection, this is a place worth travelling far to experience the vision of the family who owns it....

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm long in the tooth and cynical with it. I don't want orange that tastes beetroot and beetroot that tastes of orange (guess who). I don't want my food mucked about and I want to recognise what I'm eating. The Petersham delivers on all accounts. It is a restful space with wonderful staff and a chef who delivers food that must have been conceived in heaven... the words 'mucked about' are not in this restaurant's vocabulary... you will wonder why you ever spent your hard earned money eating out anywhere else. It's not cheap but it is simply perfect.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! The staff were very attentive and accommodating and it was such a pleasant dining experience. It was my mother’s 60th and they made her feel very special.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good pre-theatre menu, the starter wasn't that exciting for the veggie option but meat and fish options good. Lovely venue

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely mother’s day meal there service was amazing and food also! Love love love

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KT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing that let the restaurant down were the toilets. The ladies loos were below par. Only one of 3 appeared to be flushing.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was lovely. However, I felt that the presentation was better than the actual food for afternoon tea. I’ve had proper meals at Petersham before and thought they were much tastier than the tea...

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m
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Everything was “fine” but one was left with the overwhelming feeling it was just far too expensive for what’s on offer. Would also like to highlight one exceptionally poor habit the staff seem to have- leaning across you to get a plate,glass,cutlery or leaning to put on down. Food delivery and wine topping up also felt very rushed at times for no apparent reason. For 3 people with 2 bottles of average wine and tasting menu with average service it was over £350 which really is just too much for a 70 minute dinner (we weren’t in an rush)

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LL
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The afternoon tea was beautifully set. The desserts were outstanding and most of the savoury was great too. However, the toast was not as crunchy as I wanted it to be. Otherwise, I would have given in 5 stars

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TR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Poor wine list and over priced food for the restaurant. Much better places for the price.

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is still our favourite place - it’s just too loud for business meetings

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JH
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Ambience was nice but felt they were trying to take too much money as didnt put set lunch menu out only the £60 taster menu or a la carte. Had to request set lunch menu to see it which wss £25 for 2 course. Or £34 for 3 courses. Over charged us by £20 by charging an extra starter on bill and sides which you needed as very small portions (as no veg or potatoes seeved with main course) were £6 each for carrots and potatoes on top of meal price!
Coffees all came up luke warm and asked to re-heat but only 2 out of 4 came back hot! The food we had was nice but not much of it!
Front door was open whole time so all freezing and sat in shawls or coats.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

A beautiful venue in the heart of Covent Garden, food portions are small and very expensive so this is definitely more of an occassion venue rather than somewhere to drop in to for a hearty meal. 5 stars for elegance and venue though.

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed in the menu selection in general and my choice in particular. The service was not welcoming or attentive. Poor value.

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Petersham is very centrally placed in Covent Garden. The ambience was relaxed and colourful. It was quite crowded when we arrived which is always a good sign. The service was excellent and the food
delicious.

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HI
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

VERY DISAPPOINTING - Food was okay however, not value for money due to minuscule portions. We had requested one dover sole without spices and unfortunately arrived with same and diner decided to scrape and pick instead of waiting. I ordered a steak (£32!) medium rare that arrived medium to well and so I decided to send bak! They advised they would be put on top of the chef's list to redo and it took enough time that my other dining partners (4) had completed their meals...aaagggghhh! One of the diners remarked upon the size of portions and simply got a shrug from one waiter. We had at least five servers (including Dan!) who visited our table during the evening and no one apologised except the girl who told me that my steak would be pt on the top of the priority list for redo. Dan actually made his case for no blame on him...wow! And the worst part was that no management appeared to rectify or at least to apologise for what turned out to be a lousy dining experience and for that, we would not recommend or return ourselves. Also, there was an awful sewage smell at the doorstep to the restaurant...ugh.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal! I would recommend the burrata for starter, lemon sole for main and pavlova for dessert.

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SM
London
83 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This was our first visit to The Petersham (although we had been to the original some time ago and enjoyed it very much). We were disappointed. The good bits were the food (I had calamari risotto and lamb - both slightly undercooked, but very nice) and the location (which is excellent). The service was underwhelming - not because the restaurant was busy, but there seemed to be a distinct lack of focus on customer service. There were plenty of staff, but they were wafting around, talking to (and in one case hugging) each other, but simply not paying attention to what was going on around them (we had to ask for our coffee three times before it arrived - and on the last occasion, just requested that it to be cancelled and removed from our bill). The music was loud - unnecessarily so - and the bill was steep - particularly considering we didn't have anything to drink. So - a shame. It wouldn't take a lot to do better, and we wont be going back until they do.

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely experience apart from bring overcharged for wine & VERY small portions!

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P
Cambridge
16 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I've had in London for a Long time. The service was attentive and the ambience was ideal for Lunch.

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice location, beautiful design and atmosphere. We were met with open arms and led to our seats. Noise level inside a bit on the higher end. Good food presentation, nice selection on the menu. Started out well, but being Icelandic I decided to be adventurous and try out the local selection of lamb. Unfortunately, it was not up to the standards I am used to in eating the Icelandic lamb and the portion was very small. The other dishes were fantastic, both the starter and the dessert. I can still highly recommend this restaurant as my colleague was very happy with his plate of fish.

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very prettily decorated, wonderful flowers, attentive and friendly staff, but food unexceptional and very small portions.

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v
Italy
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everythink is wonderful. But we stopped at the bar before dinner ( la goccia ), and we found out the service was very poor considering the high expectations. The cocktails were served without tray.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delightful, magical place and place, and service exceptionally presented with great courtesy. Highly recommended!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I had visited their pop-up at The Frieze and thought it good. However at the Covent Garden restaurant we found something to dislike about every course of the tasting menu. We werent convinced the produce was as fresh as it could be. Several dishes too cold. The ravioli was without flavour and floating in what tasted like melted margarine (the margarine like sauce recurs later). The tartare with nuts and chocolate too bland. One main course dish came with a read sauce that tasted like it was straight out of a macdonalds sachet. The artichoke floppy and tired. So many problems. The ambiance and presentation are good. The bill wasnt outlandish but we still felt we had completely wasted our time and money.

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