We’ve been longingly glancing into Floral Court tucked away behind Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden, ever since the store and deli opened last summer. And finally two restaurants La Goccia and The Petersham, which sit either side of a beautiful lush courtyard dotted with trees, pleached magnolias and flowering shrubs, have opened. It’s at the latter where the more formal dining takes place with the pretty-as-a-picture plates that visitors to the original Petersham Café will already be well acquainted with.
The starters we tried were light and bursting with spring flavours – a quinoa, lovage and pea crostata (which also won the most Instagrammable dish prize) was as delicious as the crunchy fresh peas and pea shoots that they were served on. We ordered a deliciously tangy carnaroli risotto with asparagus and parmesan which was, just as expected, a pitch perfect mix of al dente asparagus and a creamy and rich risotto. Mains are expensive – £28 for a roast Haye Farm chicken with an unctuous Mayan gold puree and morels – especially given that portions are not particularly large but on balance with a rich jus and such piquant flavours, a more modest serving is probably about right. The puddings here – just as in the Richmond site – are sublime. We tried a melt in the mouth baked cheese-cake and an otherworldly duo of rich chocolate and Zisola olive oil ice creams with crushed honeycomb.
On a chilly evening we were happy to be cosy inside but The Petersham – along with neighbouring La Goccia – will come into its own in the summer when food can be eaten outside in the stunning courtyard. We’ll be back in June.