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Petersham Nurseries Cafe
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Price range: $35 - $142
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A charmingly casual yet sophisticated restaurant, set within a glasshouse. Brimming with fragrant bougainvillea and jasmine, draped with indian blinds and decorated with antique furniture, mirrors and paintings. Respecting the slow food philosophy, the café serves seasonal, italian inspired food.
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Our first trip to this wonderful restaurant: in the nursery greenhouse, the decor and setting must be unique: food and service of the highest standard, with a wine list priced to match. But the carafes of House wines are very good value if you want to "economise". We shall return!

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1  Thank herestaeus
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Went there to drink some tea and cake tasting, sitting in the green(tea)house at the coldest day in march, which was absolutely delicious and nice, tasty tea and great cakes, try jasmine tea. It is a little gem! We can imagine it can get crowded when the weather is getting better in springtime, then i'm not sure if i would like it the same. Parking problems and no places to sit, even with the outside terrace. But there was a wedding going on in one of the greenhouses (bad luck, so cold) so i could be wrong. Driving back from the few parkingspaces available is a problem in church lane. So look into that before you go and park somewhere else. Suggest visiting outside the weekends.
Really liked the shop. Too bad flowers were still sleeping. Having dinner there probably is nice and special, but remember that it is a greenhouse, simple furniture, checked out the temperature and it was fine even with the cold, make a reservation. Go check it out, its worth it.

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1  Thank Gonnie R
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Quirky rustic venue, excellent service from cheerful staff & wonderful food. The restaurant is in a disused garden centre greenhouse with rustic tables & chairs, on a cold day the overhead heaters were working overtime but were effective. The waiters & waitresses all were wearing wellies, not part of the uniform but more of a necessity in getting to the place. Car parking is a nightmare & patrons are requested to arrive on foot by the Thames tow path, cycle by the same route or walk from Ricnmond after a tube ride, different but worth the effort.

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1  Thank David M
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My folks live in the area, so on a visit to see them, having read about the nusery I took them to see if I could introduce them to somewhere other than the pub lunch or chain restaurant we usually end up at on the couple of occasions a year I get the chance to come up from Devon.
It was not immediately obvious which glasshouse was the michelin starred restaurant and which was the tea room, but I was excited to look around the nursery and think I was about to eat some great food in such an unusual environment full of nursery plants, garden furniture and implements and seeds and great bunches of cut and uncut flowers. A truly different experience.
We looked at the menu for the restaurant which looked quite exciting with about six starters at around £10 and six mains at about £25.
We then had a look at the self service hut which constituted the tea room canteen where you picked up your food to then sit at a table in the glasshouse adjoining the restaurant. There was a soup and five main courses included a beetroot and mozzarella salad, a ricotta and spinach lasagne, an oxtail stew, a quiche and a rabbit hot pot, all for about £10 each.
Realising that if the parents liked it and at that price I might break their habit of chain restaurant dining, I eschewed the restaurant in favour of the tea room.
I have to say the food was absolutely fantstic value for money. We had four of the mains, (including the beetroot salad to share), the pasta was utterly fresh, the oxtail had been slooooow cooked and the ingredients of the salad were sublime. The bill was remarkably cheap, cheaper than some you would get in national chain restaurants. So please, please go there.

Did I persuade my elderly parents to adopt it rather than spend the same money in some pub that produces a menu devised by an executive chef miles away and is delivered pre-portioned?

No I didn't. Sadly they found the garden furniture they ate off too hard. the mud floor too "dirty" and the space of the greenhouse too cold so they would not choose it other than in the height of summer. A shame as the food was twice as good as anywhere they ever go. And the price bracket that heads this venue is unfair as you can lunch for £15.

I will try once more, as next time i will take them to the restaurant which, (I found out later as I was walking around) has more comfortable chairs and is heated.

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1  Thank lobstermadboy
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We decided to visit this tea room after it was recommended in a book of London tea rooms. It really is worth a visit. The nurseries are charming but half of the greenhouses are now given over to a lovely fragrant tea room. This feels very English, and the cakes and other dishes looked delicious. We vowed next time to pay a visit to the Michelin starred cafe.

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1  Thank Exetergourmets
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