What: Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
In a nutshell: The famed floral restaurant comes to the centre of town.
Summing it all up: Petersham Nurseries is making the leap from Richmond to central London and they're not doing things by half. They're launching two restaurants, a lifestyle home and garden shop and a delicatessen with a wine cellar AND a florist.
More than a decade after opening in Richmond, the family behind the wonderfully bucolic Petersham Nurseries are planning another garden-related opening. This time, they're opening their second venture in Covent Garden.
Floral Court sounds like a major project. It'll focus around a central courtyard with access from King Street and Floral Street. Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden when it opens will feature two restaurants, a lifestyle home and garden shop and a delicatessen with a wine cellar and florist.
As for the food, expect much of the produce to come from Haye Farm - an organic farm run by Harry Boglione which currently supplies meat, fruit and veg to Petersham Nurseries.
Here's what we know about the individual elements of the project:
Petersham Cellar - the wine cellar will have sommeliers on hand to advise and suggest wines from their Italian portfolio and will also be hosting tastings and wine lunches
The Delicatessen - Daughter Lara’s vision is to "bring the spirit of a traditional Italian grocery store" to central London. So there'll be loads of artisanal products, many of them brand new to the UK market. You'll also be able to buy food from the family's farm. There'll be fresh pasta and sauces made on site daily, sandwiches to take away and plenty of coffee and cold-pressed juices to go along with that.
The Petersham - the key restaurant will be run by Executivie Chef Simon Whiteley who comes here via Coworth Park and Devonshire Club (oh and a six year stint as chef for the Scottish football team). It will take inspiration from the slow food movement. It'll be open for lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea, and diners can enjoy alfresco dining space in the courtyard.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11.30am – midnight.
La Goccia - this laidback all day spot will serve up aperitivo and feature an open grill and wood burning oven for larger dishes. The bar will serve up nature-inspired cocktails.
Opening hours Mon – Sat: 8am – midnight; Sun: 10am – midnight
The Boglione family are launching the whole thing in two phases. So expect The Shop, The Potting Bench, The Delicatessen, The Florist and Wine Cellar to open in June with the two restaurants The Petersham and La Goccia, La Goccia bar and Courtyard following later in September.
More about Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
Where is it? Covent Garden, location TBC
When does it open? Deli and cafe open now, restaurants to follow in 2018
Find out more: Follow Petersham Nurseries on Twitter @PetershamN.