Tucked in a village near Richmond you will find a very special place, Petersham Nurseries. This little garden center perfectly combines shabby chic with gardening. It is my kind of heaven.
Before I started my plant business, a lot of my inspiration came from here. As I am due to start back on my market stall, I wanted to take a trip back before my weekends become chocca.
If you ever decide to take a trip out to Petersham, make sure you take advantage of the lovely walk along the Thames from Richmond station, it’s beautiful.
Even though the weather is cold and rainy, Petersham make their nursery burst with lots of colours and textures. Around each corner are beautifully potted plants in one off vintage planters.
The Violas are out in full bloom!
The garden center isn’t the only reason to discover Petersham Nurseries. It has the most quaint cafe and restaurant. Since we had made the long old journey from East London on the district line, a lunch time treat was well deserved.
Magnolias line the walls inside the restaurant with fairy lights intertwined. It’s like being in a fairy tale!
Given our long treacherous journey on the District line, it was only fair to cheer ourselves up by ordering nearly everything on the menu, right?
We nibbled on these yummy delights before our starters.
Cauliflower, Halloumi & Mint Fritters, with Labneh & Amalfi Lemon – £7
For the 7 pound price tag, there should have been enough for two each !
Marscapone & Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli with Peas & Lemon Oil – £13.50
This photo doesn’t do the ravioli much justice – it was some of the finest pasta I have eaten and trust me, that’s a lot!
Pan-Fried Scallops with Horseradish Cream & Winter Leaves
Lamb Shoulder with Artichokes, Rocket, Almonds & Celeriac Puree – £25.50
The lamb was cooked wonderfully, loved the crunchy almonds on top.
Osso Buco with Polenta, Parmigiano Reggiano & Gremolata – £26.50
For those who haven’t eaten Osso Buco, it is braised veal shank. A tender piece of meat, unfortunately the gravy seemed to curdle with the polenta which resulted in a unappetising plate of food.
Just incase that wasn’t enough, we ordered a couple of sides.
Castelfranco & Pink Radicchio, Honey & Red Wine Vinaigrertte – £4.50
Best salad. EVER. It looks incredible and tastes it too.
Warm Pink Fir Potato Salad with Chive, Cress & Basil Aioli – £5
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Roasted Yorkshire Rhubarb & Pistachio – £7
I loved the slightly bitter rhubarb with the creamy panna cotta. However, if you have a sweet tooth, this one isn’t for you. Go for the lemon tart instead.
Amalfi Lemon Tart with Viola – £6
We have Richard Corrigan’s lemon tart rated number one, but this tart potentially knocks it off the top of our list.
The restaurant is a little pricey, so I would save going there for special occasions. Otherwise, the cafe is equally as charming. Serving soups, stews, sandwiches and traditional cakes. Basically, the best of the best homemade comfort food.
The food here is fantastic. I love this place. I always leave feeling happy and more determined to have a little heaven like this of my own one day.
Off Petersham Road