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“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!”.

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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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“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).

£78
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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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“It looks so magical”, and there’s “genuinely nowhere else like” this “secret-garden-style” venue near Richmond Park – a “truly enchanting” candle-lit greenhouse, within a garden centre – and the fact that “you can take a riverside stroll before or after your meal is heaven!”. “On a dull day however, the wobbly tables and chairs, untrained waiters, and ridiculous queues for the toilets make you feel that at these prices, you’re being ripped off”, especially as when it comes to the ambitious cuisine nowadays, while “the ingredients are interesting, their realisation is only fair”.

£77
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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!”

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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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Reviews of Petersham Nurseries Cafe Restaurant in TW10, Richmond by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Petersham Nurseries Cafe restaurant.
steven s
A delightful spot on a summer day, where on...
Reviewed 6 months, 5 days ago

"A delightful spot on a summer day, where one can eat a well-prepared and imaginative meal amongst the vines and flowers. Pity the service is so haphazard."

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Hannah K
The setting is just “wow” but the food ...
Reviewed 10 months, 1 day ago

"The setting is just “wow” but the food is such a disappointment. Various dishes did not match the menu description (a small niggle but annoying nonetheless) and I couldn’t help but feel the standard of cooking did not reflect the prices. Trying to flag down a waiter was harder than finding a black cab which will go south of the river on a Thursday night! Glad I went, but won’t be back. "

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Bob A
Inadequate toilet facilities for restaurant...
Reviewed 10 months, 20 days ago

"Inadequate toilet facilities for restaurant - need to queue outdoors (in January)!"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.50 £27.50 £5.50 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Church Lane (signposted 'St Peter's Church'), off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm-5 pm
Wednesday12 pm-5 pm
Thursday12 pm-5 pm
Friday12 pm-5 pm
Saturday12 pm-5 pm
Sunday12 pm-5 pm

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