The Petersham Hotel Review
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.
Bedroom & View
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂
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!