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Petersham Nurseries Café

Restaurants, Contemporary European Richmond
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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Time Out says

Rustic charm, complete with a meadow on its doorstep, and mostly Italian cooking featuring the products of the Nurseries.

NOTE: Since this review was published, former Hix Soho chef Damian Clisby has taken over as head chef. The Time Out Food and Drink Team.

The ultimate in rustic charm, complete with a real meadow on its doorstep, Petersham Nurseries is the perfect balm for the frazzled urbanite. Housed within the garden centre, the Café resembles a stately greenhouse, hung with Indian prints and pictures, and furnished with rickety tables and chairs.

Cat Ashton is now head chef, following the departure of Greg Malouf in late 2012; the seasonal menu remains a delightful read. A pre-starter plate of prosciutto san daniele with rocket and melon was exactly right on a summer’s day – as was a peach bellini. Burrata with courgette flowers, sorrento tomatoes, shallot and rose dressing was queen of the starters; squid dusted in polenta with rocket, chickpeas, chilli and aïoli was oddly subdued.

At this point, things slightly unravelled, despite the best efforts of the charming young staff. An overly long wait for mains produced roasted baby aubergines (with red and yellow datterini tomatoes, ricotta and basil) that simply hadn’t been cooked long enough and were unforgivably chewy; grilled pata negra pork loin with sweetcorn, salsa, coriander and tomato was a glorious combination, but again, the meat required work. Such flaws are not really acceptable at these elevated prices, though a side of Cornish new potatoes with anchovies, crème fraîche and salsa verde couldn’t be faulted, and neither could a delicate strawberry, prosecco and rose sorbet. There’s also a Tea house, where light lunches and cakes are served, a shop and of course, the Nurseries.




Address: Church Lane, off Petersham Road
TW10 7AB
Transport: Tube: Richmond tube/rail then 30 mins walk or bus 65
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Housed in a greenhouse in Richmond it is an incredible space. Walls hung with Moroccan-esk rugs/drawings and simple wooden furniture all around. To get to the restaurant you pass through the garden shop which contains an abundance of kitchen and home bits (dangerously tempting), before entering the main restaurant which is filled with large plants, flowering bushes to break up the space and thankfully big heaters (you won't be cold).

The food, although expensive, is well worth it! Seasonal, fresh and creative, think River Cafe mixed with a home meal. I would start with a Bellini and see where it takes you. Well worth a visit for a special occasion or a bright sunny lunch!!!


Although appearing as just a garden centre on first sight, this place is much, much more than your one-stop plant pickup – although the plant offerings did have me wanting to leave with a loaded wheelbarrow – it's full of quaint character and charm.

In need of some shelter from the cold, we took refuge in the heated greenhouse café. Filled with tables and plants alike, this place is certainly popular but we managed to blag a table and joined the queue. Unlike the main restaurant which serves quite an extensive menu, the cafe works on a tray policy serving a selection of freshly made, soups, sandwich, salads and cakes – being a Sunday there was also a mini roast available but you can't beat homemade hot soup on a chilly day.

Having warmed up there was time to wonder and this place is certainly a wanderlusts dream. The green shop sells everything from gardening tools and mini cacti, to house plants and lemon trees. I could quite happily spend by the bag load but the practical issue of having to carry it all home was a little much.

The second and much larger store appeals to the interior designer in me. If you think Ikea has nailed their showroom, then you’ve seen nothing. With each table display more beautiful than the next, every detail has been carefully considered from the overhead lighting and cutlery used to the tea light candle holders – it’s seriously impressive.


A beautiful place - both for its organic food and green surroundings. Great for brunch on a sunny day but need to book well in advance.


I loved getting lunch at Petersham Nurseries' cafe. There were a few minor complications like walking through a muddy field to get to this place and the occasional raindrop hitting us on the head while we were eating. 

However the food was delicious and the pricing is quite fair. I even managed to go back for a full second meal after ordering a large salad first and being too envious of my friend's quiche. Their cakes are luxurious and decadent but they go down a dream with their filtered coffee. I loved the simple touches of the place, like the amazing hand soap in the bathroom and the beautiful plants scattered all over the place. Having lunch here is definitely worth the trek, even in the crappy English weather.


NB: This review is for the TEA ROOMS at Petersham Nurseries (not the cafe).

Decided to visit the Tearooms on a recent trip to Richmond as had been told that it was a cheaper lunch alternative to the Michelin-starred cafe/restaurant on the same site. It's a lovely setting, in the gardens of the nursery, and they have an interesting menu including a selection of salads and quiches. However, I could not get over how rude the staff working there were. One staff member in particular appeared to become incredibly frustrated by having to explain the menu to us (which was actually quite confusing - perhaps they should consider having another menu by the door outside so we can be looking and deciding while waiting in line?), and then responded very rudely when asked a (perfectly reasonable) question about where we should order coffee. I was also disappointed to find out that they only offer filter coffee. In summary, I enjoyed the food and the setting, but I'm not sure that I want to return to a place where staff treat customers like idiots!

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