The Petersham Hotel Review


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The Petersham is an upmarket hotel in a Victorian Country house in Richmond, Surrey. This beautiful hotel overlooks the River Thames and it’s stunning picturesque views are incredibly appealing to visitors looking to embrace the beauty of leafy green Surrey.

Upon arrival I was highly impressed by the breathtaking Victorian architecture and character of the hotel.

The hotel was designed by architect John Giles in 1863.  Giles also designed the recently renovated Langham Hotel in Portland Place, London’s first ‘grand hotel’. His distinctive style is stunning, I truly admire beautiful architecture. ThePetershamBedroom


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The bedroom we stayed in was cosy and certainly full of character. Stepping out onto the balcony we were greeted by the stunning views of the Richmond meadows and The River Thames.

The balcony design was beautiful with quirky iron furnishings, stepping out onto it gave me the chance to capture the stunning views of the leafy green Richmond meadows.

The bathroom was incredibly clean and modern in terms of appearance. The room itself had an intimate and authentically British feel to it providing a very homely atmosphere. ThePetershamThePetershamThePetershamWeddingThePetershamWedding




The Interior

The interiors in The Petersham are absolutely exquisite. The grand Portland Stone staircase is the most notable feature of the interior, reported to be the tallest unsupported stone staircase in the country.

The historic paintings on the ceiling were executed by Ferdinando Galli (1816-97) an Italian renaissance artist were hauntingly captivating.

You absorb the Historic atmosphere as soon as you step in to The Petersham, you start to imagine the people in the hotel in 1863.

The Terrace Suite had been set up for an intimate wedding dinner which really was ever so beautiful as you can see from photos 6 and 7 above. So beautiful and homely! Perfect for any wedding dinner.


Fine Dining

The food was absolutely out of this world at The Petersham Restaurant. Walking in to the beautiful dining room I was incredibly impressed by the grand yet warming atmosphere of the restaurant. The tables were elegantly laid out & diners looked happy and relaxed.

We were greeted so warmly by the restaurant staff and provided with a delicious glass of smooth champagne which was The Petersham’s own brand of champagne.

We dined from the Al la Carte menu. For starters I had the Cured Smoked Salmon which was accompanied by with avruga caviar, buckwheat blini and formage blanc.

For the main the Grilled Whole Dover Sole was a must try. It came with ratte potatoes, capers and brown butter sauce which was so moorish and succulent.

One of the highlights was watching the maître d fillet the Dover Sole in front of us, incredible to watch and the performance was immaculate.

My partner had the Duo of Brechin Beef which melted in your mouth, cooked to perfection.

We were kindly provided with a velvety smooth red wine to enjoy with our meal, incredibly tasty and created in The Petersham’s vineyard.

The Chocolate Delice was the dessert choice for both myself and my partner accompanied with honeycomb and vanilla mousse. A taste sensation especially teamed with a Grand Marnier 🙂

The food was just exquisite! British food cooked to perfection.

Below you can see some images of The Petersham Restaurant in the day showing the stunning views of the Richmond meadows. Perfect at lunchtime or for an afternoon tea!ThePetershamThePetershamThePetershamThePetersham

Q&A with Adebola Adeshina

Adebola Adeshina is the talented head chef at The Petersham.  He has worked for chef Gordon Ramsey at his three Michelin star restaurant, and has many admirable awards.

I had the pleasure of interviewing him for SheHearts.

Q1 What inspires your cooking and how did you become inspired to become a Chef?

My Mum, whilst growing up she was always in the kitchen making something great, a real inspiration.  Also I saw Gordon Ramsay on TV and wanted to work with him!

Q2/ How do you manage your kitchen at The Petersham to ensure you provide an excellent service?

I always try to be very early in the kitchen so I can have enough time to go organise everyone and make sure the prep is done to perfection.

Q3/ What is your favourite aspect of being a chef at The Petersham?

To be part of what Petersham is doing, and that is to remodel a very successful traditional dining.

Q4/ I tried your delicious Dover Sole which was cooked to perfection. Any tips for cooking fish well?

The main tip is to always have fresh products and use the best ingredients in cooking them.

Q5/ What are your favourite cooking ingredients? Where do you look for inspiration?

 Pink Sea Salt, jerk seasoning.

Q6/ How would you describe a dining experience at The Petersham?

Impressive, luxurious and flavoursome.

Q7/ What are your favourite personal dishes to cook and eat?

Lobster Linguine. I find myself cooking quite often for my family, but I truly enjoy my cultural food- Jollof rice with Beef stew.

Q8/ What are your top 5 cooking tips?

Freshness, Flavours, Time, Diversity, Passion.

You can tell that Chef Ade has such passion when it comes to cooking, the flavours in his food created such culinary delights. Packed full of flavour.

The Petersham also offers private dining experiences, for example The Alcove photographed in the last photo above can seat twelve guests tucked away from the rest of the restaurant. Really beautifully set up 🙂ThePetershamBreakfastInBedBreakfastInBedBreakfastThePetershamBreakfastThePetersham

Breakfast in Bed

On Sunday morning we enjoyed breakfast in bed from the comforts of our room. We chose The Continental Breakfast which was delicious.

My favourite aspect had to be the warm cinnamon rolls and a tasty cup of freshly brewed coffee! Enjoying breakfast overlooking the view of the meadows outside was a pleasure. A great way to mark the end of our stay 🙂

We were allocated a late check out which gave us time to enjoy our breakfast leisurely.

Q&A with Sam Woolmore

The lovely marketing manager at The Petersham kindly answered my questions about the hotel.

Q1 How would you describe The Petersham in a sentence?

Victorian splendour in the leafy London suburb of Richmond

Q2 How do you ensure customers get a memorable visit?

With personal service, fantastic food and of course, unbeatable river views!

Q3/ What are your favourite aspects of working at The Petersham?

The stunning river views, you can never get bored of the stunning view – The sunsets are absolutely amazing!

Q4/ Why would you personally recommend a visit to The Petersham?

Whether it is for business or pleasure, you are sure to be looked after by the wonderful staff at The Petersham.





The Petersham delivered an outstanding experience delivering an excellent service to their guests. Excellent restaurant service, beautiful accommodation.

The hotel has an impressive wall of fame accommodating A-Listers such as Michael Douglas, Jerry Hall, Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Sandra Bullock, David Coulthard & many more.

The General Manager of the hotel left a hand-written note and some Macarons in our bedroom which was such a lovely touch and really made me smile 🙂

Personalised touches go a long way, thank you!

What do you think of The Petersham Hotel judging from the photographs above? What aspects of the hotel appeals to you the post?

I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!

Laura xo

  • You was in my neck of the woods! Your pictures really captured the beauty of this hotel! Just beautiful xx

    • That’s great to hear and thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      The Petersham really is a beautiful hotel!

      Great to see you over here Kate!

      Laura! xx

  • Stella Asteria

    Amazing post! We want so much to visit Surrey (especially after seeing the Holiday movie), and this hotel is a place we would definitely visit. I am very glad to read your reviews on the Petersham Hotel! My other half wants us to rent a cottage just like the one in the movie, but I will try to convince him about the Petersham Hotel 😉
    Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend my dear!

    • The Petersham is a great place to visit and Surrey is incredibly beautiful 🙂 Very much like The Holiday movie with the pretty green scenery!

      Really glad you enjoyed the post and would recommend a visit to The Petersham, the food is amazing too!

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • This hotel isn’t that far from me but I’d never heard of it! Looks lovely. I love finding new hotels to try!

    Leah xx

    • It’s a lovely Historic hotel. The food is excellent 🙂

      What other hotels do you love?

      I do too, I love how different hotels have their own unique touches when it comes to hospitality!

      Laura xx

      • I love South Lodge and Alexander House which are both in Sussex – check them out. Totally stunning! But if I’m really treating myself then its Claridges or The Savoy every time!! hands down my fav! xx

  • Jamie RS

    This place looks amazing! it seems like you had a wonderful time! thanks for sharing 🙂

    xx Jamie | With Love, Jamie

  • Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Sandra Bullock… already sold just by hearing those big names. The architecture, the bedrooms, the stair case, the bedroom view, the bathroom, the dinning, the meals and the entrance are just an amazing depiction of how fabulous the whole hotel looks like!

    • The Petersham is a lovely hotel with so much history, I can see why it is popular due to it’s beautiful architecture and wonderful food. The service was just fantastic too!

      Glad you enjoyed reading 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Laura xo

  • Oh the Petersham Hotel looks wonderful! It must be impressive in such a grand place and the FOOD! Yum! <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  • Interior, food, hospitality… Everything sounds perfect about this place. Those paintings are amazing and give character to the place. x

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Every aspect of The Petersham was impressive! The interior was full of History, and the food was superb!

      A great place to visit.

      Thanks for reading Ela 🙂

      Laura xo

  • This place looks amazing! Love that they maintained the historic interior and everything as well. Gorgeous!

    xo Lacey

    • The Petersham really is a beautiful place. It was a pleasure to stay in a hotel with so much history to it.

      The food was superb also.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Amazing review!

  • Looks like a lovely hotel! Glad you had a great time there, and enjoyed a lot of delicious food! It all looks so good 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  • Jessie Lou

    This looks amazing, would love to hold my wedding at a place like The Petersham.

    • The Petersham is a gorgeous place for a wedding venue, it was great seeing a set up for an intimate dinner party whilst we visited.

      Really gorgeous.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • It sounds like a fantastic hotel! I really love the views and the look of the food!

    • The Petersham really was a lovely hotel to visit, I really enjoyed it. Beautiful place with stunning views, and the food really was superb!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Tash Collier

    Wow great place!


  • Edita Lozovska

    I used to live in Richmond I know the area well. The hotel simply adds a sparkle of glamour to this lovely, lovely area that to this day is close to my heart! How lovely it is to read about your fabulous experience – I’d love to go and stay there one fine day! 🙂

    • I really do like Richmond, a great area and lovely places around. It was great to review a Hotel full of so much history and beauty.

      Glad you enjoyed the review.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Trang Do

    Looks like an amazing hotel!! Love to visit!

    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • This place is so stunning and I am having major wanderlust envy! Would love to visit this place someday! Cross my finger! xx

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  • Omg this place looks amazing! I am SO jealous, I would love to stay in a place like this. The food also looks amaaaaaazing! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

  • Wow, this is such an amazing hotel! I love all the details in the architecture and design, so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!



    • Thanks Jalisa, it was great to stay in a place with so much history and character.

      The hotel really was beautiful and the food was seriously out of this world, so many beautiful ingredients which worked in harmony together. Delicious!

      Thanks so popping by!

      Having a lovely week so far thanks, hope you are also and that you had a very Happy Easter lovely lady!

      Laura xo

  • What a gorgeous hotel, looks like a once in a lifetime type of stay! The food looks delicious as well, I enjoyed reading the interview with the chef!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Thanks Alice I’m so glad you enjoyed the review. The Petersham was a beautiful place to stay!

      The food was out of this world, Chef Ade is very talented and his passion comes through in the quality of his cooking.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Wow such a great place to stay. I would love to go there. Loved your review. Gemma x

    • The Petersham really was ever so stunning! I had such an enjoyable visit and hotel staff were fantastic which always adds to the experience 🙂

      Thanks for reading and I’m so glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo

  • What a beautiful travel diary of your stay at The Petersham, Laura. The architecture, as you’ve said, is very special and I adore the design throughout the hotel – what a beautiful staircase! I love that you interviewed the head chef, that offered such a fascinating insight and those macarons look divine 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thank you Gabrielle, really glad you enjoyed the post. The Petersham was a glorious place to visit and enjoyed photographing a place with so much history and character.

      The staircase was stunning, one of my favourite parts of the hotel.

      It was a pleasure interviewing Chef Ade, his food was quite literally out of this world 🙂

      The Macarons were so tasty! A really nice touch from the General Manager to leave those in our room as a surprise. It’s the small touches that go a very long way, and loved the personalised note 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Such beautiful photos!!!!! Thanks for sharing darling! Have a fabulous Monday!
    Much love, Len

    • Thanks so much Len, really glad you like the photographs 🙂

      The Petersham really is a stunning hotel and the food is simply out of this world.

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • The place looks amazing, nice review 🙂


  • Jamie RS

    Such a breath taking photos! This place looks amazing! it seems like you had a wonderful time! thanks for sharing 🙂

    xx Jamie | With Love, Jamie

    • Thank you! Really glad you enjoyed the photographs. It was a pleasure to capture such a stunning location on camera.

      Glad you enjoyed the review and thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Sounds and looks like you had such a lovely stay at this hotel. The building looks stunning and the surrounding grounds are just beautiful (specially love the style of the bathroom). The food looks so delicious too, don’t think there is anything not to love about the place. Definitely makes me want to go for a weekend away x

    Beauty with charm

    • The Petersham was such a stunning place to visit, the hotel, grounds and general decor was inspiring. Great visiting a place with so much History.

      The food was just superb, Chef Ade is so talented!

      Thanks so much for reading 🙂

      Laura xo

  • What a beautiful hotel! I would love to stay there too – super luxurious!

    • Thanks Anouk, glad you enjoyed the post. The Petersham is a stunning place to visit. Very luxurious indeed.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • I totally love the place
    It seems like you are a princess during your stay
    The ambiance and food looks perfect

    Have a great day!

    • The Petersham really was ever so luxurious. The atmosphere was incredible and the food really was amazing!

      Thanks so much, enjoy your day too!

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Such a beautiful hotel and great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ah, what a beauty! I love luxury hotels and Petersham seems right up my alley.

    • The Petersham really is a beautiful place and really enjoyed visiting a place with so much History.

      The food was out of this world also.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • This hotel is so grand and elegant! I haven’t actually visited somewhere like this before. It seems so interesting, just to be in such a fine surrounding. The food looks absolutely incredible and I would definitely love to have a dining experience at this hotel.:) – The Kylie Jenner Lip Kit – Unboxing, Review and Swatches

    • The hotel really was ever so grand and beautiful. It was great visiting somewhere with so much History, I found it ever so interesting.

      The food at the Petersham was incredibly impressive!

      Really enjoyed visiting.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Looks like a beautiful hotel, hope you enjoyed!! x

  • Gorgeous photos!! Xx

  • What a gorgeous hotel! I love that winding staircase and the steak looks SO amazing! I love getting wined and dined like this 🙂

    Chow Down USA

    • The Petersham was such an impressive hotel to visit, full of History. The food was out of this world and it was an honour to interview such a talented chef.

      Thanks so much for reading Chelsea!

      Laura xo

  • This hotel looks beautiful, and how amazing is the grand staircase? The food also looks delicious.

    • The hotel really was such a stunning place to visit, the grand staircase was very impressive especially the view from the top looking down.

      The food was incredible, really very impressive and quite the taste sensation!

      Thanks for reading Rachael 🙂

      Laura xo

  • The elegance is the most captivating part for me. I also enjoyed your description of the food, and interview with the chef. Food sounds amazing!


    • The Petersham is a wonderful hotel indeed. Full of so much History and the food was incredibly inspiring indeed, so much flavour!

      Interviewing Chef Ade was an honour, I loved hearing his tips and inspiration behind his cooking!

      Thanks for reading Tania!

      Laura xo

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    This looks like such a lovely place! And these macarons look so yummy! 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

    • The Petersham was such a stunning place, excellent venue, brilliant food, friendly staff.

      Yes the macarons were a kind-hearted added touch 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

      Laura xo

  • The architecture is stunning, I love these old building, and when there are macarons included I am already won over.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • The architecture really is ever so beautiful at The Petersham, it was great to visit a place with so much History.

      I’m so so glad you enjoyed the review!

      Thanks so much for reading.

      Laura xo

  • The first word that came in to my mind is majestic, it must be captivation to see the hotel in real life. And wow, a chef that worked with Gordon Ramsey before, he must be really good then. I know many are not a fan of Gordon but I really like him, he tells it as it is without sugar coating.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • The hotel really was incredibly majestic indeed, wonderful to visit a place with so much History.

      Chef Ade is a very talented chef, it was great to interview him. I’m a huge fan of Gordon Ramsey and admire him, his style of cooking is inspiring.

      Sugar coating doesn’t lead to results, so like you I like his way of working and the results show.

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the review and thanks so much for reading!

      Laura xo

  • Nina

    Amazing place. Love the views and the food and macaroons look so delicious.

    • Thanks ever so much Nina, i’m really glad you enjoyed the post. The food was out of this world and the macarons were a lovely added touch 🙂

      Laura xo