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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”.
“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!”
“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”.
“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.
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