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Summary

“Such a romantic venue”“a lovely glasshouse” that’s “perfect for a summer day” – along with ambitious cuisine has earnt a huge reputation for this shabby-chic garden centre café, near Richmond Park. But while it has always been “massively overpriced” (“queuing for the loo with the garden centre customers, and paying £100 per head does not feel right”), since Skye Gyngell moved on “the food is nothing like it was”, and to critics it feels like “it’s totally lost the plot”: “laughable” to charge “elite central London prices” for “a garden shed” with “indifferent service and interspersed with a few silly antiques!”

£69
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Down a narrow lane, near Richmond Park, an idyllic and unique greenhouse setting, with earthen floor, greenery and pleasantly distressed antiques creates a magical atmosphere”; food-wise, though, this now-famous garden centre café “is not what it used to be”“uninspiring”, yet “priced like the West End”.

£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“An earth-floored greenhouse with distressed antiques, and lush foliage” creates the “special and romantic” atmosphere at this quirky venue, near Richmond; it’s never really recovered since Skye Gyngell left, though, and – with its “inept” service – can feel “like an overpriced garden centre café” nowadays.

£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Primitive, scruffy, but oh-so-trendy” – this “ramshackle” venue (in the glasshouse of an upmarket garden centre) makes a famously “quirky” setting; since Skye Gyngell’s departure, however, its performance seems ever more “smug and overpriced”.

£72
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions,
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2 pm, Sat & Sun 3.30 pm
Church Lane (signposted 'St Peter's Church'), off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB
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Mon closed; Tue - Fri noon - 2 pm, Sat & Sun noon - 3.30 pm
Last orders: 2 pm, Sat & Sun 3.30 pm

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