RestaurantsSurreyRichmondTW10

survey result

Summary

£89
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Quirky and delightful”, “stylish and charming” – it’s the “lovely garden setting” of a plant nursery bordering Richmond Park that underpins such major support for this shabby chic greenhouse (which owes its culinary fame to long-departed chef Skye Gyngell). These days, reporters continue to enthuse about some “original and beautifully presented food” (and “scrumptious cakes”), but can also sometimes judge the cuisine “second rate”… and “expensive”. Still, there’s no let-up in its popularity, so it’s often packed – despite the extensions installed by the current owners, who have also invested in a large sister venue in Covent Garden.

Summary

£80
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The setting is just ‘wow’ on a sunny day”“a secret paradise among the plants and bushes in a greenhouse”“but the food is such a disappointment” (“seemingly great ingredients but very mediocre cooking”) nowadays at this venue near Richmond Park that became famous under former chef Skye Gyngell a decade ago. It now has a smart offshoot in Covent Garden, but there’s “something missing” at the original – not to speak of “the inadequate facilities, which leave you queueing outdoors for the toilet... in January!”.

Summary

£80
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The setting is just ‘wow’ on a sunny day”“a secret paradise among the plants and bushes in a greenhouse”“but the food is such a disappointment” (“seemingly great ingredients but very mediocre cooking”) nowadays at this venue near Richmond Park that became famous under former chef Skye Gyngell a decade ago. It now has a smart offshoot in Covent Garden, but there’s “something missing” at the original – not to speak of “the inadequate facilities, which leave you queueing outdoors for the toilet... in January!”.

Summary

£78
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s just fab eating great food in a greenhouse in summer or on a blue-sky winter’s day”, say fans of this “unique and magical” destination (part of a garden centre near Ham Common), which famously “oozes Bohemian charm” and is a top “romantic” trysting spot. Even those who feel its modern British cuisine is “very good” however, concede that it’s “probably not as good as it was a few years ago” (when Skye Gyngell was at the stoves, and pioneering the use of edible flowers) and more cynical souls ponder whether “seating you amongst the potted plants on rickety furniture lets them get away with the high prices and mediocre service”. It now has a sibling in Covent Garden (see also).

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
No dress code
100
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £55.00 £65.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Church Lane (signposted 'St Peter's Church'), off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑5 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑5 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm

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