Sunday, 12 June 2016

Supper with Petersham Nurseries

The Lucky Onion group swiftly became one of our favourite go to watering holes after wining and dining one night at The Wheatsheaf in Northleach, you can read our blog post here. Since then we've had birthdays, breakfast and hen parties at Hotel 131, lunches and drinks at The Wild Duck and we will certainly be heading over to The Chequers in Churchill for a glass of bubbly on their new terrace.

But we had yet to grace No38. The Park, possibly the most prestigious and exclusive venue out of the collection. 


You will have heard by now we are sure, that The Lucky Onion host incredibly exclusive supper club dinners hosted by an array of credible chefs and nutritionists at their different venues. We attended the Valentine Warner supper at The Wheatsheaf back in February (read the blog post here) held in the romantic and gothic dining room of The Wheatsheaf and Friday night was our chance to have dinner cooked and hosted by Petersham Nurseries at 'No38. The Park', our first visit here. 

Knowing how beautiful the other Lucky Onion venues are we had high hopes for No.38 The Park' and wow! it did not disappoint. We were welcomed by a recognised scent of burning 100 Acres candles lining the tiled corridor to the dinning room with it's fabulous indoor/outdoor kitchen area and dream courtyard, honestly it took our breath away! The floral display created by the team at Petersham Nurseries was absolutely stunning, you felt like you had walked into a tranquil oasis of foodie/horticultural heaven! 

Petersham Nurseries based in Richmond, Surrey is home to a glasshouse restaurant, antiques centre and gift shop and most importantly an internationally prized garden centre, striving and succeeding in creating an inspirational and calm escape from the "hustle and bustle" of London. Trust us if you visit the website you are going to want to a. visit immediately or b. move closer to it! It simply is stunning. We will be swooning over their floral Instagram account daily from now on.

The glasshouse restaurant hosts seasonal food and that was the inspiration behind head chef, Damien Clisby's menu at No.38. Damien is fairly new to Petersham Nurseries having previously worked as head chef at HIX Soho and our very own Cotswold House in Chipping Campden.

The menu he created was...

Sharing boards: of radishes with Nasturtium Butter, Squid croquettes with garlic Aioli, Borlotti Beans, Zisola Olive Oil Brushetta. 

Starter: Flowers, Leaves, Wild Herbs, Roots, Stems & Pulses

Main: Slow cooked shoulder of Lamb with Chickpeas, Aubergine, Cumin & Basil

Pudding: Petesham Prosecco, Wild Strawberry & Rose Jelly


All four courses were accompanied  by petals and leaves which you hand pick straight from the stunning table centre pieces created by Head of Horticultural at Petersham Nurseries, Thomas Broom-Hughes... Another beautiful Instagram account we just can't get enough of! We also had the pleasure of sitting next to Tom at dinner which was handy when we needed some flower picking advice, he coached us through every course and we were totally blown away by how delicious and different each flower tasted. We will be looking at our English gardens very differently from now on!

We can't stress enough that these hosted suppers really are a treat and complete value for money. Our ticket was £60 which included an arrival drink too plus some lovely company. The atmosphere The Lucky Onion supper clubs create for these events are like nothing we've ever attended before, you get chucked into the deep end a little but in the best way, you get to sit next to and chat to some great people, enjoy fabulous food in the most stunning settings.  Do look out for up and coming suppers by visiting the events page on The Lucky Onion website and join the club for free here

Millie & Meg x

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