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“A wow factor view and good food too”

The Petersham Restaurant
Price range: $28 - $45
Cuisines: British, European
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Of all the restaurants in South West London, The Petersham in Richmond is without a doubt one of the finest. With the 5 rating in The Good Food Guide, the Gordon Ramsay trained Chef, restaurant's ambience and panoramic views of the River Thames and surrounding water meadow, it truly is a special venue for any occasion. For private dining, the Alcove off the main restaurant, seats up to 12 guests offering the same classical dining that can be experienced in the restaurant with all the privacy of a secluded area.
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A wow factor view and good food too”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

On the side of Richmond Hill, The Petersham Hotel overlooks one of the most notable and historic views of the Thames. The best seats are along the window looking down the hill - or in the small area next to the restaurant where you can have a drink or coffee. It's such a peaceful setting - cows strolling on the meadow next to the Thames, small boats bobbing at moorings in the middle ... and like being in a living watercolour painting. Don't despair if you aren't offered a window seat. Strategically placed mirrors mean you'll see at least part of the view even if you're facing the wrong way.

It's not all about the view. My starter of tandoori quail was as pretty on the plate as the view ahead - burnished red-brown quail sat on a scattering of saffron pilau rice next to a dark brown shallot bhaji, a vibrant green minty yoghurt coriander sauce. The flavour of the tender and succulent quail wasn't masked by the spice; shallots turned the bhaji into a very high class accompaniment; the whole thing was an accomplished amalgamation of hot, cool, sharp, spicy and sweet. I almost chose the seared cod filet in a bean stew (always a winning combination according to my greedy stomach) but it was Sunday and the roast Scottish Aberdeen Angus beef was impossible to resist. Two large slices of as-ordered-rare beef were gloriously tender, a very small fatty edge and an excellent gravy adding extra punches of richness and flavour, complemented by pretty garden veg (beautifully seasoned in a very light coating of good butter). There were Yorkshires and roast potatoes, of course, but the excellent beef was the point. Wtih no space for pudding, I powered my way through a generous slice of first class bitter chocolate fondant cake, its deep brown richness tempered by a light green subtly flavoured pistachio ice cream. My hosts (thank you for such a treat) chose an excellent, full bodied red. Well-spaced tables gave a feeling of luxury as did the service which, as others have noted, is on the formal side. Anything less would be disrespectful of its very special location and wow factor view.

  • Visited June 2014
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Average Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Afternoon tea.
Service was poor - we were not given a menu when seated, wait to be served was longer than expected, and no one came to check if everything was satisfactory after we had been served.
Food was very good, the scones were excellent, portion size suitable, Our one problem with the food was that compared to other guests, our cake selection was fewer and we had an odd number of cakes for 2 people.
Lovely location and views, but probably won't be returning.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank angelfish2222
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London, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good quality resturant, can be expensive”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a quality resturant, sometimes can be a little stuffy but the food is usually good and the wine list comprehensive. The service is good and the location great but a walking trip from Richmond

Visited December 2013
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Thank CJTW
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London
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“great view”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

a special birthday occasion. 7.00 table. A nice glass of house champagne to begin and a bottle of excellent white Burgundy to wash down the food. David had his favourite potted shrimps and Dover Sole. I had smoked salmon and roast suckling pig. Nice desserts and coffee to finish.

Always worth a return visit but expensive for ordinary mortals, just under £200 incl service

  • Visited May 2014
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London
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“Stunning views, superb staff, very special place indeed”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have been guests of The Petersham for many years so we decided to make this the venue of choice for our dad's 60th birthday on Sunday. The staff are simply the best, so attentive, always remember us and go above and beyond to ensure our visits a perfect, honestly can't thank them enough.
The food is always lovely and they were very good in accommodating my sisters vegetarian request, so she had a mix of the risotto (beautiful) which came from the child's menu as well as the lasagne (small feedback would be to ask Alex Bentley to add variety to the veggie option as it's always Lasagne in one way shape or form i.e. open/rolled/upside-down etc...)
We also booked my dad a river view room for the night which was beautiful too.
Looking forward to our next celebration already!
Keep up the amazing work and thank you again for making it so special.
Best regards

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank XsusieLondon
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