The Petersham Covent Garden

Afternoon tea, Italian·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Petersham Covent Garden

Silver Award

This “stunning” offshoot of Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries has gained plenty of attributes since its arrival in Covent Garden – 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, while the menu will transport you to Italy by way of an English country garden.

The kitchen observes the seasons with gusto, which means serving pea, lovage and quinoa tartlets in spring and introducing broad bean hummus to heritage radishes in midsummer. Starters of artichoke risotto or sopressini pasta with beef shin ragù, lead naturally into mains such as salt-baked hake (to share) or roast Haye Farm chicken with polenta, radicchio, calcot onion and sage, while seasonal sides always include the Petersham garden salad.

Readers are also enamoured of pretty desserts such as blood orange jelly with Cocci vermouth and winter violas, while a plate of clementine and rosemary truffles makes the perfect finale. Sadly, living the dream here is an expensive business, so dip a toe in first with the pre-theatre menu and order carefully from the all-Italian wine list.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Italian
Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Romantic, Special occasions

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27-31 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JB

020 7305 7676 020 7305 7676


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 11.30am-12M


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4 Reviews 

Darren G

29 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Emma T

21 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Pre theatre treat

A beautiful setting and wonderful food for a pre theatre dinner. Delicious starters and main course all served with style. The team at The Petersham Nurseries are super professional and  know their menu so well. All in all a great evening.

jan C

28 June 2019  
Great favourite of mine in Covent garden and Richmond which I visit regularly. The menu is sometimes a little on the expensive side and portions small but the ambiance and pleasure has to be enjoyed in one of the top spots of London.


27 June 2018  
Great new addition to Covent Garden, stunning setting and stunning food.
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