Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

You guys, I just got home from the most dreamy lunch date I’ve ever had. I’d booked Petersham Nurseries with the intention of taking photos as I’d heard it was beautiful and the perfect setting for a blog post, it did not disappoint. I got in the door about 45 minutes ago and rushed to my computer to import my photos and get this blog post up for you guys as I’m so excited about it!

The restaurant is in a glasshouse within the garden centre and you’re completely surrounded by the prettiest flowers and plants. There was something so peaceful and relaxing about being surrounded by nature in what felt like the countryside, although it’s actually just in Richmond – about a 45 minute drive away from Central London (which, I just have to boast, I drove myself! First time ever driving further than Waitrose round the corner since living in London!)

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As soon as we sat down and looked at the menu, we knew it was going to be a three course affair. I get so excited by restaurants that use produce inspired by the seasons and Petersham Nurseries use what is growing in their garden and really care about connecting to the environment. By the way, I am just obsessed with this place and I know this post is going to sound outrageously gushy, so I just want to say that it is in no way sponsored – I just love this place!

Here’s what we ate…

This bread was some of the best bread I’ve ever tasted, so fresh and homemade tasting. Amazing.

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Autumnal raw vegetables with Bagna càuda – so light and fresh

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I don’t remember which white wine we had, I know it was described as the ‘crisp’ one though and it was great

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oh my goodness the mushroom and parmesan tagliatelle…you have to order this

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sea bream ceviche – like the raw vegetables, this was just such a lovely light and fresh dish, perfect to balance out the pasta.

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For our main course we both ordered the lemon sole with girolles and we shared the crispiest and most delicious roast potatoes with aioli.

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Now, I don’t remember exactly what the puddings were, but they were both so amazing with such gorgeous flavours. We ordered two and shared.

A gooseberry and vanilla fool with some sort of fruity jam-like thing, topped with nuts

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and a chocolate and praline mousse with pistachios and honeycomb – this was devine.

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After lunch we went to the gift shop and considering how ‘goals’ it was in there, I am pretty proud of myself for only buying two mugs (which I actually forgot to photograph – they are giant and cream and perfect for a HUGE cup of tea).

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I can’t go to Richmond without stopping off at Richmond park to visit the deer. Although last time I went they all seemed to have gone into hiding.

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Luckily, this time, lots of them came out to say hello.

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I had such a lovely afternoon and have already booked to go back to Petersham Nurseries in December when it’s all Christmassy. Please tweet me pictures if any of you guys end up going as I’d love to see you having a great time there, I couldn’t recommend it enough. Be sure to book a table well in advance though, as it gets so booked up.

I hope you’re all having a great day!

Love, Tanya x