Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, Surrey


Petersham Nurseries Café was Britain’s first real gourmet garden restaurant. Eat lunch in the Café or The Tea House and you’ll feel like you’re in Italy on your summer holiday.

Diners having lunch Petersham Nurseries Cafe Richmond

Diners having lunch at Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond

For over 10 years, Londoners in search of a refuge from the city, have been drawn to Petersham Nurseries. With its blooming flowers and vintage glasshouses, this elegant garden centre is an oasis of calm and a shrine to shabby chic. Its café restaurant first gained its reputation under the talented chef Skye Gyngell, earning her a Michelin star. Now under new head chef, Damian Clisby, previously at HIX Soho, the Cafe won “Best Slow Food Restaurant / Eatery 2015” in the Slow Food London Awards.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Lunch in the Café restaurant
  • Have tea and cake in The Tea House
  • Shop for plants and shabby chic gifts
  • Special tastings and events

London’s Gourmet Garden Centre

Walk along the Thames path from Richmond and you’ll soon find Petersham Nurseries. Hidden away in a beautiful spot across a meadow, it’s a special place to visit for garden inspiration and good food. Since Gael and Francesco Boglione transformed the space in 2004, it has gained a large following among London’s Foodie Gardeners keen to temporarily escape to another world. Try and visit during the week if you can, when it’s quieter.

Lunch in Petersham Nurseries Rustic Cafe

Petersham Nurseries Cafe is a rustic and utterly charming restaurant. Tables are worn and wobbly, there are no tablecloths, glasses are mismatched and there are earthen floors. Staying true to its owners’ roots, it serves lunches with an Italian accent. Dishes are seasonally-inspired with a menu that changes daily. Some of the freshest ingredients including the herby salads leaves, edible flowers and vegetables, come from the kitchen garden at their neighbouring home, Petersham House. Prices are on the high side though, so it’s one to save for a special occasion and due to its popularity, you’ll need to book in advance.

 Climbing pink roses in full bloom
 Petersham Nurseries Teahouse Sign 

Take Tea in The Tea House

The good news is that you can just turn up and eat at The Tea House which serves light lunches and delicious homemade cakes. Colourful mixed salads accompany freshly baked frittatas and quiches. There’s wine by the glass or carafe. Sit at a table in one of the glasshouses with their rickety painted metal tables, fairy lights and pretty potted plants. If it’s a scorching hot day, you’ll find a cooler spot in the shade, at one of the outdoor tables that are dotted around the garden.

Wine glasses and empty lunch plate Petersham Nurseries Cafe

Shop for Shabby Chic

After a cheeky glass of wine at lunch, you may have to exercise some self control in the shop. It’s a treasure trove of ‘shabby chic’ finds, some of which come with an expensive price tag. There’s distressed antique furniture mixed with elegant chandeliers, fine Venetian glasses, Italian ceramics, reclaimed garden furniture and rare items such as ornate statues and even a Victorian bathing house. Gardeners can choose from a carefully curated selection of plants, seeds and stylish accessories in the Garden Shop.

 Plants for sale at entrance to Petersham Nurseries Cafe
 Glasshouse cafe Petersham 

Special Events and Tastings

Take a look at their upcoming schedule of special events while you’re there. The programme is designed to tempt Foodie Gardeners with book signings, cooking demonstrations, seasonal wild food walks, special suppers, wine tasting evenings, along with talks on growing edible flowers and kitchen garden planting.


  • Parking is very limited so take the train to Richmond and enjoy a 15 minute riverside walk along the scenic Thames path
  • Do the 10 mile circular walk of Richmond Park and stop halfway round at Petersham Nurseries for lunch
  • Pop in to William Curley’s chocolate shop in Richmond for a sweet treat
  • Walk along the river towards Kew and experience Kew on a Plate at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Visit nearby Eel Pie Island, home to an artists’ colony. The studios have regular open days


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It’s a great one for me. Let’s go for a walk along the Thames path or in Richmond Park.


Mr Hendricks



Church Lane (signed posted ‘St Peter’s Church’), Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB



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