Restaurant review: Petersham Nurseries Cafe, TW10

Heaven on earth for foodies and flower fans 

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Go: For a flowery fancy lunch on a sunny Saturday

Eat: Anything and everything with edible flowers. And baked chocolate mousse with berries

Pay: About £9 for a starter, £26 for a main and £7 for a dessert

On the edge of Richmond Park on an idyllic stretch of the Thames, Petersham Nurseries is a little slice of heaven for foodies and flower lovers.

It does sell plants. There are mountains of blooms, ferns in pretty pots, Indian antiques, chic china, beautiful ornaments and anything a discerning gardener might need. But this place is so much more than a garden centre.

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It’s a tranquil refuge from the bustle of the city. It’s a collection of beautiful greenhouses. It’s like your green-fingered Pinterest board came to life.

There’s a tearoom which serves coffee, cake and piles of pretty salads. Pull up a mismatched chair in one of the greenhouses or settle down outside in a pool of sunshine. And then there’s the cafe. A place for some seriously fancy cuisine, designed by head chef, Damian Clisby (previously of HIX Soho and Cotswold House.) Think rose petal prosecco and plates of food topped with edible blooms. Pea and pecorino risotto, mozzarella and nasturtium leaves, beef with beetroots and chard and Cornish plaice with squid and olives. Poached peaches, baked chocolate mousse and berries, pistachio ice-cream and cherries. Basically all that is beautiful and delicious.

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Petersham Nurseries Cafe, Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB petershamnurseries.com

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