The Petersham

4.2
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Italian
An elegant refined, a la carte restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, The Petersham is a culinary oasis in a fast-paced urban environment. Alongside lunch and dinner, enjoy a delicious pre-theatre menu served daily between 5pm and 6.30pm and a spectacular afternoon tea served 3pm – 4.30pm every Thursday to Sunday. During spring and summer months, tables flow out on to Floral Court, giving diners the opportunity to eat and drink al fresco. Respecting the Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair, the menu offers simple, seasonal and sustainable food with a focus on quality ingredients and Italian flavours. Suppliers have been carefully selected during food buying trips, with family owned and run Haye Farm supplying poultry, eggs and organic fruit and vegetables to all Petersham Nurseries restaurants. Drawing inspiration from Boglione’s Richmond family home, Petersham House, the interiors demonstrate a charming elegance.

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Pre-theatre menu: 2/3 courses £29.50/£34

Set in the heart of theatreland, enjoy two or three courses with dishes that focus on the final seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Cancellation Policy: For parties of seven people or more, the cancellation policy is 48 hours’ notice. The cancellation fee is £50 per person.

Valid For: 1 - 7 people

Starts: 13 November 2019

Ends: 5 January 2020

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30

What 694 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
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4.4
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TF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Far better restaurants, food massively overpriced for what was very very basic bland food and starter for too much, whereas main course was very much the opposite

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We were really looking to
our pre ballet supper but sadly we were so disappointed. The restaurant was very busy we were sat by the door, every time the door opened a howling gale game through the door. We had the pre theatre menu. The starter was fine but the main course was shocking. The vegetarian option was literally a plate of chunky grill veg. The chicken option had lots of small bones. When mentioned to the waiter we were informed chicken has bones! The potatoes with the fish option were hard. We were given the festive menu to pick a dessert and had to ask for the pre theatre menu All this was mentioned to the staff who basically were just too busy to care. A very expensive evening with bad food and service. A very disappointing experience and somewhere we will not be returning or recommending.

LR
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Average food, waiters who looked like they couldn't be anywhere worse at that moment

Y
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The setting is beautiful and food was lovely. Fantastic service. Great kids menu and surprisingly child friendly.

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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PB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Our waiter, Giuseppe, was great fun and excellent at his job.

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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AL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We had the theatre menu booked for 6.30. The restaurant was full, very noisy our waitress was very nice but the service was extremely slow, if we had actual theatre tickets we would have missed the show... the theatre menu was pretty average, it was ok but nothing special expected a bit more, wine is overpriced.

N
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic visit to The Petersham in Covent Garden. This time was for the Festive Afternoon tea. The food was divine - a step above some of the other afternoon teas on offer in London. Freshly made savouries, delicate sweet treats and homemade scones - the jam was to die for (comment curtesy of the friend I was with). It’s certainly the festive treat/celebration we were looking for. Oh, and not to forget the team there - they are amazing - really friendly, helpful! Will definitely be going back!

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I booked a table for 3pm hoping for lunch but I didn’t realise they only served afternoon tea after 3pm. It took 10 mins to sit down as the table wasn’t ready but we noticed 3 tables ordering from the lunch menu. We did question this but we didn’t really get a clear answer. Afternoon tea was ok, we did have to chase to order and chase our drinks several times but the staff were polite and apologetic. Unfortunately I had high expectations following on from dining at the Richmond location a number of times - it was a lovely setting but the food & slow service wasn’t what we expected and as special as Richmond.

n
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Beautiful dining room let down by poor service and atrocious food. Bland, tasteless and shocking value for money

SS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Beautiful restaurant, but hugely over priced for what it is. My fish was overcooked and far too salty.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful setting. Food delicious and service excellent. Highly recommended.

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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CP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I would go again for the food although it is definitely overpriced for what it is.

SY
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Don’t mind being expensive if get decent service and food but it wasn’t anything special. Have been twice before and it was much better. Felt v overpriced! House red £50

RP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Wonderful lunch for my Mum's 67th Birthday. Service and waiting staff, made the meal for us. They were so friendly and helpful. They made Mum laugh and made us feel special.

Food and wine was delicious, I was a little disappointed with my starter as it was bland and basically a bowl full of leaves for ££!! I hardly touched it and left most of it. I was hoping it would have been removed from the bill by the waiter, but this did not happen. My main course made up for it though as it was delicious !

Overall a very enjoyable but expensive lunch!

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the am and to the chef. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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WM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had an great time, caused by the excellent foor and not in the least caused by our host Thomas who delivered excellent service and made is a great experience. The interieur of the restaurant made it a romantic experience, which we weer looking for.

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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FS
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

An excellent hidden gem in Covent garden if you’re looking for delicious food, good service, and wonderful decor. It is however very pricey, and there could have been a few more people to make the atmosphere more lively on a Friday night!

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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JG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Twice a year my brother and I get together to celebrate our birthdays. Time for the two of us to enjoy good food, great wine in a convivial surroundings. The Petersham did not disappoint. We chose from the seasonal menu and could not fault the canapés and shared plate starter. He had the John Dory and I had chicken. Quite literally it was the best flavour chicken I have tasted in a very very long time, they obviously pride themselves on their quality and it shows. Highly recommended with the bonus of a beautiful shop and fabulous plants.

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Slow service and over priced. It’s a shame because I’ve been here a couple of times before but when we had to complain as much as we did and only be offered free dessert is pretty poor. We also ordered a “winter salad” which was just a bowl of leaves covered in salt.
Maybe they just can’t cope with the Christmas rush.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Really disappointing. Tiny portions of food for a very expensive price. Not many vegetarian options sadly, restaurant was cold and took ages to order. Extensive wine list but very overwhelming (and pricey!).

NK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice place but so loud. Food was nice but portions small. Whilst I don’t mind paying money to charity I do feel it’s a bit of a cheek that it’s added to the bill. Wouldn’t mind knowing where the money goes

l
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

I do love The Petersham, the look is lovely and the place is very relaxing, I just felt that the main courses were lukewarm at best and they did forget our side. They did take this off the bill when I pointed it out though.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very memorable evening of great, local food, freshly prepared. Excellent and personable service.
Beautiful venue.

The Petersham
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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GC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was lovely although am not sure that the plates had been heated, so cooled very quickly.

But the real bugbear was that we we were near the serving hatch, and they seem to use the lights to devote that food is ready. So it ended up feeling a bit like a disco which was distracting.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely atmosphere with pleasant dishes but missing detail required to make this a world class restaurant.

JW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We went for tea at 3 in the afternoon, it was quiet with some people finishing lunch............I was disappointed in the decor and the staff although very sweet were not that efficient. The loo when I visited it was in a real state, only two towels left and the some of the used ones overflowing the basket. The food was moderate and I have to say I expected a lot more from this experience. I had booked the tea with bellinis, I had to ask for these halfway through, but to be fair they didn't charge me as it was their mistake. It was a great shame as I had built this up a lot for my friend whose birthday treat it was. However, I may try again sometime, maybe for lunch and hopefully the experience will be much better.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Food was excellent, atmosphere was really nice, staff were warm and friendly. Only downside was that service was really really slow.

LS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous place and excellent food. A mistake was made with our food order but was rectified immediately and very graciously. The whole meal was a lovely dining experience.

VS
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely diner with the theatre set menu. Wine list was rather pricey though!

VD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pre theatre option

The Petersham
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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CC
Gloucestershire
13 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fresh, local, beautifully prepared food. Three out of four of us had the pork - excellent

The Petersham
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food, outstanding hospitality service and courtesy by our host - Giuseppe. He made the evening an experience and filled the atmosphere with joy and outstanding service. We look forward to our next visit very soon.

The Petersham
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team and, of course, to Giuseppe. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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FB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

All good. The only minor blot was a screaming baby for a few minutes. And the waiter asked us if we’d like bread and oil while we waited for our starter. The starter arrived right away and then the waiter brought the bread and oil which was a bit of a waste.

The Petersham
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Got a table just in front of the door with a continuous cold draft. Slow service, probably due to the odd table we wre sat on. Food was good.

The Petersham
Responded on 18 November 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write and let us know about your experience. I’m disappointed to read that the service did not meet your expectation and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope we’ll have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management

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M
London
20 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere, fantastic food

The Petersham
Responded on 18 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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EF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic ambience, surroundings and service. We had the afternoon tea and it was delightful. Delicious savouries and cakes beautifully presented. A real treat which I would highly recommend to anyone.

The Petersham
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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K
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Really disappointed by the food. Was expecting something special but both the starter and main were quite bland and unexciting.
On the plus side it’s a nice setting and the service was good.
Overall view - over priced and I wouldn’t return.

The Petersham
Responded on 18 November 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write and let us know about your experience. Whilst we're happy that you enjoyed the service, we're disappointed to read that the food did not meet your expectation and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope we’ll have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The Management

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Pretty restaurant, not the best for a traditional tea. Slow service, mediocre savories and sweets, cold scones. Never saw the waiter after it was served. I would opt next time for a place that takes it seriously.

The Petersham
Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write and let us know about your experience. I’m disappointed to read that the service and food did not meet your expectation and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused. I would like to discuss further with you if you kindly can contact me directly at the restaurant. In the meantime, I hope we’ll have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards Marco

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AC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

I had made a reservation for 2 people , and we were shown to a small table adjacent to the till, thus staff coming and going; and in addition opposite the entrance door, it certainly was cold when guests entered or departed. The restaurant was not full.
My guest ordered a cappacino together with a glass of Prosecco, which was served to the table fairly promptly. My order of tea and the Petersham Bellini was on the missing list. After a long wait we had to request them.
The afternoon tea was very special to look at and the various flavours were described to us nicely. The food was delicious. A chocolate ice with a candle on a Happy Birthday plate was a nice touch.
However it was a tight squeeze to fit everything onto the table and we had to be careful when serving ourselves.
We were not asked if we would like another coffee or another pot of tea, which was most unusual.
Overall the service was sadly not within the special criteria and I had been expecting that little something special.
Hence, sadly no I would not recommend Petersham afternoon tea to my relatives and friends.

a
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food, attentive service. Main course side dish (squash) was cold, like fridge cold. Happy to bring a new dish without quibble. Lovely decor and setting.

The Petersham
Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family lunch to celebrate sisters birthday - we had a lovely relaxed lunch at The Petersham. We were given a beautiful table in the window. One of us was a little late, but we were not rushed or hurried through our meal. The menu was adjusted to suit one of our tastes, and we felt looked after but not hurried in any way. We spent a happy 3 hours eating and catching up. The food was beautiful and perfectly suited the vegetarians in the family. We’ll be back.

The Petersham
Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you for your very kind review which I have shared with the whole team. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest regards The management team

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