We reviewed the original Petersham Nurseries in Richmond where the access was tricky over gravel in a field/nursery so we’re encouraged to hear they opened another in the more accessible Covent Garden.
I went with friend of BBS, Sophie Morgan and here’s the review which has meant they’re nominated for a Blue Badge Access Award 2019.
First we asked Petersham Nursery Covent Garden about access and here’s the response,
“Kindly note that both our restaurants La Goccia and The Petersham are accessible to wheelchairs, no stairs … access from either King Street or Floral Street. Also both restaurants have disabled toilets in our main and ground floor”.
The Petersham consists of two restaurants, a courtyard, shop, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist within a Grade II-listed building on King Street, Floral Court. If you’re entering from Floral street it’s down a flat ramp into the courtyard. I needed help from the staff to get me out to my waiting taxi as it was too steep and long for me to negotiate alone.
La Goccia is a bar and restaurant that spreads out into a courtyard. It showcases “‘Petersham Nurseries’ interpretation of the Italian aperitivo and small plates known as ‘cicchetti’”. This is where we ate and it’s definitely a calm oasis within the busy streets of Covent Garden. The food was great especially the wild mushroom Lasagnette and the staff were not phased by two wheelchairs at one table. Sophie visited the toilet and took pictures which apparently don’t do it justice as it was ‘lovely’! It wasn’t expensive and is definitely the budget version of Petersham Nursery.
The more formal Petersham restaurant is an ‘elegant à la carte restaurant………Respecting the Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair’. It was impressive with its many chandeliers and obviously very well lit. Access was also good and we’ll try the food next time.
Petersham Nursery Covent Garden get an impressive 3 BBS Ticks for variety of styles and accessibility.