In a greenhouse at the back of the fabulously located Petersham Nurseries is this award-winning cafe straight out of the pages of The Secret Garden. The confidently executed cuisine includes organic ingredients harvested from the nursery gardens and produce adhering to Slow Food principles. Seasonal dishes include chargrilled monkfish, sage pork chops and veggie tagine. Booking in advance is essential.
There’s also a teahouse (9am to 5pm, from 11am Sunday) for coffee, tea and cakes through the day and a lunch menu with a small selection of soups, salads, pies and pastas. Because of local residents, and council concerns about traffic increasing with the cafe’s popularity, patrons are asked to walk here via the picturesque river towpath, or to use public transport.