The Petersham Covent Garden 22

27-31 King Street , London, WC2E 8JB

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SquareMeal Review of The Petersham Covent Garden

It’s only to be expected that Petersham Nurseries has lost a little something on its journey from bucolic Richmond to Covent Garden, but it has gained plenty in the process too, namely a wine merchant’s, café-bar (La Goccia), florist’s, delicatessen and sun-dappled courtyard. The business started in 2004 as a shabby-chic garden centre but is now a ‘lifestyle brand’, with the Petersham (the complex’s more formal restaurant) at its apogee.

The venue looks gorgeous, a World of Interiors centrefold of abundant cut flowers, Murano glass, artworks and glistening chandeliers. The courtyard area is somewhat less convincing, the presence of passing shoppers compromising the idyll. However, it only takes one Rose Petal Prosecco to shake off the feeling of dining in a mall – along with a glance at a menu that transports you to Italy by way of an English country garden. The kitchen observes the seasons with gusto: in early spring serving pea, lovage and quinoa tartlets with even more peas on the side; and in midsummer, introducing broad bean hummus to heritage radishes. Italophile starters such as risotto, or sopressini pasta with beef shin ragu, lead naturally into a shared main course of salt-baked hake; seasonal side dishes always include the Petersham garden salad.

Living the dream here is an expensive business, so dip a toe in first with the £29.50 pre-theatre menu and order carefully from the all-Italian wine list.


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The Petersham Covent Garden is recommended for

Buzzy | Glamorous | Romantic | Special Occasions Over 40S | Afternoon Eating | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Covent Garden Tube Station 143m

Leicester Square Tube Station 316m


Address: 27-31 King Street , London WC2E 8JB

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11.30am-12M

Nearby Landmarks

Africa Centre Theatre 60m

Covent Garden 135m


Telephone: 020 7305 7676


Cuisine: Italian

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