Review on The Petersham
The Spring of 2018 saw the opening of The Petersham on King Street in the heart of Covent Garden. It's a sequel outpost to Petersham Nurseries that was established in Richmond Surrey back in 2004, when it started life as a nursery before gaining recognition for its restaurant, which at one time held a Michelin star.
A vast 16,000 sq ft site occupying an impressive Grade II listed building, it houses two restaurants, The Peterhsam and La Goccia, alongside a delicatessen, a home and garden shop and florist. Featuring stunning flower displayed interiors, with contemporary artwork and Murano glass together with beautiful vintage crystal chandeliers, there's also a lovely courtyard that offers a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden.
The Petersham is their fine dining restaurant serving an a la carte menu along the lines of Burrata with pickled squash, black fig and Prosciutto di San Daniele or maybe wild mushroom and thyme soup. Main courses usher in roast fallow deer with heritage beetroot, cavolo nero and bilberries or from the sea fillet of plaice with saffron mussels, autumn squash and kale. There's also plenty of tempting stuff among the desserts with a raspberry and almond tart paired with mascarpone or Vin Santo poached pear with creme fraiche. There's an excellent selection of Italian wine to accompany the dishes.
La Goccia is a more casual affair, open all day with a large open kitchen where the wood-fired grill takes centre page, the kitchen focuses on seasonal small plates known as 'cicchetti'. Check out the cocktails at the bar featuring botanicals, herbs and edible flowers.
Italian / British
Damian Clisby and Aaron Potter
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (3.00 - 4.15pm Afternoon Tea)
Dinner: 5.00 - 9.00pm Sun-Wed (5.00 - 10.30pm Thu-Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express