Hattie Lloyd 14/11/22

Petersham Nurseries Richmond

Petersham Nurseries Richmond | Fine Dining In A Beautiful Botanic Greenhouse

Petersham Nurseries should have never become a Michelin Star restaurant in London.

Technically, the Michelin Guide’s rules don’t allow for stars to be awarded to places like this: there are no tablecloths, the service is a little haphazard, the loos are in a wooden shack, and there’s frequently bare earth underfoot. It’s not a fine dining experience.

But the food is just so bloody good, they decided to make an exception.

Petersham Nurseries Richmond interior

They needn’t have bothered – after being inundated with customers lamenting the lack of crisp linens & doting waiters, they took the rather unusual move of asking to have their Star taken away. Then head chef Skye Gyngell (who now has her own place, Spring) called the award a “curse” that lumbered the venue with inappropriate expectations, and earnestly hopes to never win another.

But despite all this, the food is still bloody good.

If the weather is temperate enough, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this Richmond haunt was on the Med: the half-greenhouse-half-pergola restaurant is literally crawling with foliage and the mismatched garden furniture gives it a rustic farmhouse quality – all that’s missing is a vineyard outside that gives way to the rolling Tuscan hills.

The menu reads like any good Mediterranean, Italian-leaning one should, with quality ingredients at its heart – so fresh in fact that most of it comes from their own 66-acre Haye Farm in Devon. Not fresh enough? Fine, how about the garden you’re sat next to. It isn’t just a name after all, this is literally a vegetable nursery.

Expect dishes such as burrata with pumpkin, dukkah & radicchio tardivo; or a guinea fowl and ham hock terrine with mustard and toasted sourdough to start, followed by chargrilled beef fillet with celeriac, red wine & green peppercorn sauce; or a roasted red mullet, stuffed with pine nuts, sultanas and chilli with a radicchio, radish and beetroot salad.

restaurant dining table with fox gloves

Devour a lemon mousse with freshly baked biscuits named after a cat’s tongue to finish and you’ll certainly be in need of a walk… and luckily the garden nurseries are right next door, so you can roll straight there to peruse their array of plant life before finishing in the home & gardenware shop.

The place should be given an award of some kind.


NOTE: Petersham Nurseries’ Garden Café is open Tuesday to Sunday. To make a booking, or to buy tickets to one of their regular supperclubs and special events, head to their website right here.

ALSO NOTE: They also have a more central set of shops & restaurants – take a peep at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden where you can enjoy some of the best alfresco dining in London.

Petersham Nurseries Richmond | Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB

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Petersham Nurseries Richmond

Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB

020 8940 5230

8.9 | Great