The Petersham

4.2
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£41 and over
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Italian
An elegant refined, a la carte restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, The Petersham is a culinary oasis in a fast-paced urban environment. Alongside lunch and dinner, enjoy a delicious pre-theatre menu served daily between 5pm and 6.30pm and a spectacular afternoon tea served 3pm – 4.30pm every Thursday to Sunday. During spring and summer months, tables flow out on to Floral Court, giving diners the opportunity to eat and drink al fresco. Respecting the Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair, the menu offers simple, seasonal and sustainable food with a focus on quality ingredients and Italian flavours. Suppliers have been carefully selected during food buying trips, with family owned and run Haye Farm supplying poultry, eggs and organic fruit and vegetables to all Petersham Nurseries restaurants. Drawing inspiration from Boglione’s Richmond family home, Petersham House, the interiors demonstrate a charming elegance.

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Specials

Pre-theatre menu: 2/3 courses £29.50/£34

Set in the heart of theatreland, enjoy two or three courses with dishes that focus on the final seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Cancellation Policy: For parties of seven people or more, the cancellation policy is 48 hours’ notice. The cancellation fee is £50 per person.

Valid For: 1 - 7 people

Starts: November 13, 2019

Ends: January 5, 2020

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:30PM

What 704 People Are Saying
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s
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

beautiful venue,excellent and friendly service. food v good but tooo expensive

s
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Absolute ripoff, portion size a joke. Service polite but slow and lacks attention to detail.

S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good food nice decor
Slow service very noisy and draughty

NW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday lunch with a friend. Reasonable priced set menu with delicious selection. Presentation was very considered and we also had some delicious cocktails. Very attentive staff who made my friend feel very special on her birthday.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great setting and ambience but slightly underwhelmed by the food. All the waiting staff were excellent even when there was an issue with the order and the sommelier was brilliant and recommended a fantastic wine and the selection was fantastic.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall good but tough to get a drink sometimes. And we kept getting asked to leave as they needed our table, then gave it back to us. Bit confusing.

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It was a very disappointing experience - the food was expensive & not good enough for the prices charged. The kitchen staff were obviously working under pressure & not organised - it took nearly an hour to receive our main courses after the starters . I had to ask for discount when the bill came, having already complained & had received apologies from the waitress for the bad service.

RS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I have been a regular visitor to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for many years and was excited to try out the Covent Garden Restaurant. The overall ambience and service was on par and very good but unfortunately the food just wasn't up to the standards that I would have expected from a Petersham Restaurant. Very poor value for money indeed.

TF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Far better restaurants, food massively overpriced for what was very very basic bland food and starter for too much, whereas main course was very much the opposite

A
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were really looking to
our pre ballet supper but sadly we were so disappointed. The restaurant was very busy we were sat by the door, every time the door opened a howling gale game through the door. We had the pre theatre menu. The starter was fine but the main course was shocking. The vegetarian option was literally a plate of chunky grill veg. The chicken option had lots of small bones. When mentioned to the waiter we were informed chicken has bones! The potatoes with the fish option were hard. We were given the festive menu to pick a dessert and had to ask for the pre theatre menu All this was mentioned to the staff who basically were just too busy to care. A very expensive evening with bad food and service. A very disappointing experience and somewhere we will not be returning or recommending.

LR
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Average food, waiters who looked like they couldn't be anywhere worse at that moment

Y
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The setting is beautiful and food was lovely. Fantastic service. Great kids menu and surprisingly child friendly.

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Our waiter, Giuseppe, was great fun and excellent at his job.

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had the theatre menu booked for 6.30. The restaurant was full, very noisy our waitress was very nice but the service was extremely slow, if we had actual theatre tickets we would have missed the show... the theatre menu was pretty average, it was ok but nothing special expected a bit more, wine is overpriced.

N
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic visit to The Petersham in Covent Garden. This time was for the Festive Afternoon tea. The food was divine - a step above some of the other afternoon teas on offer in London. Freshly made savouries, delicate sweet treats and homemade scones - the jam was to die for (comment curtesy of the friend I was with). It’s certainly the festive treat/celebration we were looking for. Oh, and not to forget the team there - they are amazing - really friendly, helpful! Will definitely be going back!

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I booked a table for 3pm hoping for lunch but I didn’t realise they only served afternoon tea after 3pm. It took 10 mins to sit down as the table wasn’t ready but we noticed 3 tables ordering from the lunch menu. We did question this but we didn’t really get a clear answer. Afternoon tea was ok, we did have to chase to order and chase our drinks several times but the staff were polite and apologetic. Unfortunately I had high expectations following on from dining at the Richmond location a number of times - it was a lovely setting but the food & slow service wasn’t what we expected and as special as Richmond.

n
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Beautiful dining room let down by poor service and atrocious food. Bland, tasteless and shocking value for money

MH
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Far too expensive for quality of food. Ridiculous to have minimum price of wine at £44.

SS
London
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful restaurant, but hugely over priced for what it is. My fish was overcooked and far too salty.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting. Food delicious and service excellent. Highly recommended.

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely birthday extra at the end of our lunch!

CP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I would go again for the food although it is definitely overpriced for what it is.

SY
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Don’t mind being expensive if get decent service and food but it wasn’t anything special. Have been twice before and it was much better. Felt v overpriced! House red £50

RP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful lunch for my Mum's 67th Birthday. Service and waiting staff, made the meal for us. They were so friendly and helpful. They made Mum laugh and made us feel special.

Food and wine was delicious, I was a little disappointed with my starter as it was bland and basically a bowl full of leaves for ££!! I hardly touched it and left most of it. I was hoping it would have been removed from the bill by the waiter, but this did not happen. My main course made up for it though as it was delicious !

Overall a very enjoyable but expensive lunch!

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the am and to the chef. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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WM
London
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an great time, caused by the excellent foor and not in the least caused by our host Thomas who delivered excellent service and made is a great experience. The interieur of the restaurant made it a romantic experience, which we weer looking for.

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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FS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An excellent hidden gem in Covent garden if you’re looking for delicious food, good service, and wonderful decor. It is however very pricey, and there could have been a few more people to make the atmosphere more lively on a Friday night!

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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JG
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Twice a year my brother and I get together to celebrate our birthdays. Time for the two of us to enjoy good food, great wine in a convivial surroundings. The Petersham did not disappoint. We chose from the seasonal menu and could not fault the canapés and shared plate starter. He had the John Dory and I had chicken. Quite literally it was the best flavour chicken I have tasted in a very very long time, they obviously pride themselves on their quality and it shows. Highly recommended with the bonus of a beautiful shop and fabulous plants.

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Slow service and over priced. It’s a shame because I’ve been here a couple of times before but when we had to complain as much as we did and only be offered free dessert is pretty poor. We also ordered a “winter salad” which was just a bowl of leaves covered in salt.
Maybe they just can’t cope with the Christmas rush.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Really disappointing. Tiny portions of food for a very expensive price. Not many vegetarian options sadly, restaurant was cold and took ages to order. Extensive wine list but very overwhelming (and pricey!).

NK
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place but so loud. Food was nice but portions small. Whilst I don’t mind paying money to charity I do feel it’s a bit of a cheek that it’s added to the bill. Wouldn’t mind knowing where the money goes

l
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I do love The Petersham, the look is lovely and the place is very relaxing, I just felt that the main courses were lukewarm at best and they did forget our side. They did take this off the bill when I pointed it out though.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very memorable evening of great, local food, freshly prepared. Excellent and personable service.
Beautiful venue.

The Petersham
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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GC
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was lovely although am not sure that the plates had been heated, so cooled very quickly.

But the real bugbear was that we we were near the serving hatch, and they seem to use the lights to devote that food is ready. So it ended up feeling a bit like a disco which was distracting.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere with pleasant dishes but missing detail required to make this a world class restaurant.

JW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We went for tea at 3 in the afternoon, it was quiet with some people finishing lunch............I was disappointed in the decor and the staff although very sweet were not that efficient. The loo when I visited it was in a real state, only two towels left and the some of the used ones overflowing the basket. The food was moderate and I have to say I expected a lot more from this experience. I had booked the tea with bellinis, I had to ask for these halfway through, but to be fair they didn't charge me as it was their mistake. It was a great shame as I had built this up a lot for my friend whose birthday treat it was. However, I may try again sometime, maybe for lunch and hopefully the experience will be much better.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was excellent, atmosphere was really nice, staff were warm and friendly. Only downside was that service was really really slow.

LS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place and excellent food. A mistake was made with our food order but was rectified immediately and very graciously. The whole meal was a lovely dining experience.

VS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely diner with the theatre set menu. Wine list was rather pricey though!

VD
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre theatre option

The Petersham
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for your very kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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CC
Gloucestershire
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh, local, beautifully prepared food. Three out of four of us had the pork - excellent

The Petersham
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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