Review of Sunday Lunch at The Petersham

Flâneur Sundays, don’t you just love them? A chance to enjoy a leisurely stroll, a little shopping, a long lunch and a few glasses of wine.

On a gorgeous Spring day a couple of weeks ago I did just that. A wander up Richmond Hill, a brief stop to gaze over the lush ‘Terrace Gardens’ and onwards to The Petersham Restaurant for lunch.

They offer a three course set menu on a Sunday and Chef Adebola Adeshina has freshened things up recently by adding some new seasonal dishes.

We were welcomed with a glass of Champagne, which I’m sure was not the norm, but definitely a nice touch. For the table I chose the Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal 2014 which was £29.50 by the bottle. I’ve long been a fan of the wine list (and secret cellar) at The Petersham and this zesty little white did not disappoint.

To start we chose the San Marzano Tomato Soup along with the Salad of Beetroot and Heritage Tomato with whipped goats cheese and lemon balm.

I wouldn’t normally order the soup, but the San Marzano plum tomato is considered the best of its kind in the world. It came with tubetti pasta and goats cheese crumb. Tomatoes, pasta and cheese were my food staples when I spent a summer in Italy a few years ago so I couldn’t resist.

The soup was poured faultlessly with elegance by our waiter at the table, totally drip free. It was rich, tasty and the pasta and cheese were discreet but certainly embraced. I mopped up every last bit with the delicious and complimentary bread. Marvellous.

Salad of Beetroot and Heritage Tomato

Salad of Beetroot and Heritage Tomato

The salad of beetroot and heritage tomato was beautifully colourful and came with two crunchy crostini.

The goats cheese whip was creamy and the lemon balm, which is a member of the mint family, was sprinkled perfectly across the plate. Very pretty.

Flavour-wise the green zebra tomato was the highlight of the bunch and overall the dish was pleasing. We felt though the name was a little deceiving as there was way more tomato than beet. A ‘Salad of Heritage Tomato and Beetroot’ may have been more appropriate and the lady on the table next to us agreed.

For mains we ordered the Roast Leg of Dorset Lamb and the Dingley Dell Loin of Pork. The lamb was amazing and there was plenty of it. It’s Spring so I expected nothing less. It came with a generous block of potato gratin and ‘in season’ greens Swiss chard and crispy asparagus. It was all smothered in an impressive red wine jus.

Dingley Dell Loin of Pork

Dingley Dell Loin of Pork

The pork loin was just as good. They must be doing something right up there in Woodbridge on the Dingley Dell farm as the meat was tender and succulent. The meat to fat ratio was bang on and the crackling was crisp and salty.

The pork sat on a mountain of tasty vegetables including roast potatoes, red cabbage, carrots, green beans and the same red wine jus. Sadly the baked apple, which was listed on the menu, was strangely MIA and we felt a little let down by this.
Otherwise both mains were excellent.

I enjoyed a large glass of Argentinean Pinot Noir from the Gouguenheim Winery, Mendoza 2014 (£8 for 175ml) with the Cheese Board for dessert. The wine was subtle with silky tannins and was well balanced.

The cheese board was super impressive with five British cheeses, chutney, walnuts, dried apricot, celery spears, dates and biscotti. For a cheese lover it was heavenly and could have easily accommodated the entire table.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Mr TR had the Sticky Toffee Pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla Chantilly cream. For a pudding that is rather common, frequents most dessert menus and mostly fails to impress, this dish was the highlight of our lunch.

The pungency of the toffee sauce was simply mind blowing. We wanted to bathe in it. The pudding itself was, dare I say it, moist and packed with robust flavour. The Chantilly cream was delicious.
Perfection and pleasantly surprising.

We finished with an excellent Espresso and a Latte which were both strong and at the right temperature (£3.95 each) and some complimentary homemade truffles.

Homemade Truffles

Homemade Truffles

This was enough to help us saunter back along Richmond riverside and complete our perfect Sunday in the Borough.

Overall 8.5/10

The three course set menu Sunday Lunch is £36.50.

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