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Country Living meets Gardeners’ World in this wacky lifestyle café attached to Petersham Nurseries – a haven for those who enjoy lunching in a hip horticultural Arcadia surrounded by rickety furniture, flowerpots, oriental sculptures and luxuriant plants. The kitchen was unsettled following the departure of Aussie wonder-girl Skye Gyngell in 2012, but the current regime is getting things back on track and has firmed up its ‘plot to plate’ ethos by bringing in head gardener Lucy Boyd as consultant. There’s a real freshness and generosity about the cooking, with Mediterranean flavours and seasonal pickings providing the main reference points: expect anything from nettle tagliolini with datterini tomatoes and ricotta, or lobster and nasturtium butter risotto, to Barbary duck breast with cherries, celeriac and yellow dandelion. The set-up now includes a teahouse and Petersham Cellars – a repository of elite Italian wines.

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  1. Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is a unique place – not only do they sell plants, dining & kitchen ware but it’s also home of a fabulous restaurant. All this is down in Surrey, south of London. Earlier on this year chef Skye Gyngell who brought the restaurant a Michelin star has quit her job and is now replaced with the Australian chef Greg Malouf. Anyhow we headed down to Richmond on the Jubilee Bank hol’ weekend and had a fabulous relaxed lunch...
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Skye Gyngell

Australian chef Skye Gyngell is also Vogue's food writer as well as a regular contributor to The Independent on Sunday Review. Her first book, A Year in my Kitchen (2006) was well received & she followed it with My Favourite Ingredients a couple of years later. She worked at leading Sydney restaurants before moving to Paris to train at La Varenne, later decamping to London to work at the French House & then at The Dorchester under Anton Mosimann. Before joining Petersham Nurseries Café, she cooked for many high-profile private clients. At the Nurseries, owned by Gael & Francesco Boglione, Gyngell has gained a reputation for using native produce at its seasonal best. The menu changes weekly & features herbs, salads & fruit from the walled kitchen garden at Petersham House.

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