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“Eaten here three times and all were very good”
Review of The Dysart

The Dysart
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The Dysart Petersham is family owned and run. Everything about The Dysart Petersham, its initial restoration, approach to food, drinks and service, commitment to quality ingredients and responsible sourcing, concern for tradition, garden, is driven by a guiding family view and firmly rooted in the shared values of Manager, Barny Taylor, and classically trained Head Chef, Kenneth Culhane. Both are constantly inspired and re-invigorated by our beautiful, country, surroundings in this village and the changes it sees through the seasons. They are supported by a wider team, front of house and behind the scenes in the kitchen and by gardener and forager, bringing delights to us at unexpected moments. Both love the moment when new ingredients arrive each day, freshly gathered to influence the dishes. Together, the team is passionate about food and wine, sensitive to the increasing need, understood naturally in earlier years better connected with nature, for ethical treatment and welfare of animals, thoughtful and natural cultivation of plants, the value of old varieties and breeds, the richness that wild herbs, flowers and plants add and the wise use of resources. Both are keen communicators. Both want to make guests happy. Barny is never happier than when showing our nature board, explaining the ingredients, the flavour balances, the cooking methods, sourcing and traditions to those who want to listen - and why a particular wine is so good with them, often a surprising wine, but has the sensitivity from experience to know when guests simply want to enjoy the company, the food, the wine, the hospitality - the occasion.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 890 helpful votes
“Eaten here three times and all were very good”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

A great pub, restaurant-style food which is perhaps very slightly over-priced for the quality of the preparation and presentation, but all-in-all a wonderful pub in a great location with a great atmosphere. I would return.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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“Perfection in every sense of the word!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

From the moment my friends and I stepped into the Dysart Arms we knew we were in for a treat. The atmosphere is one of warmth and comfort. The decor has been well thought out and the staff were professional, attentive but yet friendly. Our table started with an amuse bouche which consisted of a cucumber gazpacho, Parmesan shortbreads, and chic pea chips. Each bite complemented the other without one becoming over bearing. Next we had an order of soda bread and focaccia, both of which were obviously fresh out of the oven and baked by someone who cares about what they give their guests. For mains our group ordered the Sunday roast sharing boards and let me say this Sunday roast leaves Nanas Sunday roast for dead. The pork (four different cuts), lamb (rump and shoulder) and beef (two different cuts) were all juicy and tender and cooked to absolute perfection. Accompanying these were potato fondant, potato cakes, carrot purée and the most divine red wine jus and light brown jus, mint sauce that would put all bottled mint sauce to shame and an apple and pear remoulade. We also ordered the beet root and hazelnut salad, the romanesco cauliflower and mustard mash. Each and very dish left us with a smile on our face. Despite having so many dishes on our table (there were more than mentioned here) we never felt the food was too rich or competing for attention.

Dessert for our table included the crime brûlée with peanut cookie which one of our friends said was divine and the highlight of her meal. Two friends had a combination of the handmade ice creams and sorbets which we all tried and agreed tasted refreshing and light. I has the chocolate and praline bar with miso salted caramel ice cream which was rich and chocolatey but not at all sickly like desserts often are and when I had finished it I found myself wondering how soon could I come back for more.

The Dysart works hard at giving their guests a high standard experience and achieve this hands down. It was worth the trip out and I can't recommend it highly enough. If you're looking for a slap up pub meal the Dysart isn't for you. However if you want a high quality restaurant in every sense of the word then head out to Richmond.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank KimTharenou
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dissatisfied”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Wonderful spot , if a bit noisy , but the food is not good for the money . Classic restaurant trying to hard and not good value for money . One scallop in a £12 dish is insulting and £24 for steak dish which is covered with decorative leafs is not worth the money . Sorry chef needs to taste his food rather than look at the results . Shame £150 for three for lunch is just too much ,

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Houdini999
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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“Slow service suits a summer lunchtime”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Hake on the special menu (£19 for 3 courses) bland, and accompaniments underwhelming. A la carte (average £24 for main course) didn't fare much better with a well cooked lamb dish, including sweetbreads and tongue, let down by tepid vegetables. Nonetheless, bread (made in the kitchen?) fresh and crusty, and they have obviously sourced a good supplier for their cheeses,. . A decent wine list, Provençal rose (£20) went down well as we sat in what is now a mature garden area with plenty of space between tables. Service discreet albeit slow. More than a decade of visiting The Dysart has seen it change from a local pub to a restaurant with aspirations, but they're not quite there yet. It would serve them well to display a prominent menu so that families with young children would not be disappointed to find their custom unwelcome by the management.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Patsy D
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Perfection”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We very regularly eat here. It's worth every penny, every time. Fabulous atmosphere, service, ambiance and food.

Visited June 2013
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