Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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Give yourself time for lunch at the Nurseries. In our opinion it’s a kooky, lovely place, though getting there isn’t easy – driving is discouraged, public transport is slow, and once there, service, though gracious, can be ditzy. It has been years since Skye Gyngell moved on, and the kitchen has never scaled the same heights since. Still, with many ingredients sourced from the beautiful walled garden of Petersham House and a River Café-esque team in the kitchen, you can expect up-to-the-minute seasonal cooking. Langoustine might be teamed with a colourful salad of dandelion, pistachio, fennel and nasturtiums, while ‘today’s game’ could appear with an autumnal assembly of horn of plenty, cavolo nero and polenta. Prices are high, yet this is a unique spot. If time or budget are important, try the tea room in the next-door glasshouse, which has great simple food at half the cost and without the wait.


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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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