During the new years weekend, we decided to go take a walk in Richmond Park, then ended up having a long, late lunch at the Petersham Nurseries.
The walk was great, it was a beautiful day and after spending January 1st on a couch watching movie after movie, it was nice to be out and about! And, to check out all of those deer…
For those of you who don’t know Richmond Park, it’s a large park just outside of London (in Richmond) and wild deer are allowed to run loose. You can see them in the grass roaming around or sitting and watching as you walk by!
Then we headed over to the Petersham Nurseries Cafe, which was already winding down their lunch service, but sat us anyway…
Then, I went for the quail, served with lentils, red cabbage, raisins and pinenuts. I don’t typically like raisins, but tasted really good with the pinenuts and cabbage, what a nice combo! And the quail was fine… a bit annoying to cut around the bones in this rounded bowl, but really nice with the charred orange dribbled on top.
But the hilight of the meal was our neighbour, a huge Rhodesian ridgeback who very obediently sat (and napped) next to his owners, hardly shifting for the whole meal. I was only able to give him one quick head pat, but we spent the entire meal wishing he was awake and would come say hi!
Then, dessert… I had the Brie de Meaux and Ali and Michelle shared a date cake pudding. Stuffed and silly, we went to check out the gift store, which had everything from kitchen apparel to garden goodies to candles and linens. At this point, it was already dark out, so we didn’t have a walk around the nurseries themselves, but there was a more low-key cafe, a tea stand, and rows and rows of shrubs, bushes, trees and flowers. I’ll definitely be back, both for the food and for the foliage!