Address: Church Lane, Off, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AB
While I love London, sometimes the hustle and bustle can be too much and I crave nothing more than to be amongst the trees. It may be from growing up in the Irish countryside, that I find being surrounded by nature soothes the soul and resets me for another few weeks in the wonderful chaos of the city.
My favourite place to go when the green withdrawals show their bushy head is Richmond in South West London. It’s still technically London so you don’t feel like you’ve trekked miles away away for your nature fix.
This little village seamlessly moves from luxe boutiques and cafes, to a 2,500 acre park with deers which roam happily amongst park dwellers.
Just past the park amongst the fields and fairytale houses you can find the adorable setting of Petersham Nurseries, which in the summer is buzzing with bees and lunch lovers. This quaint nursery serves delicious food which is fresh from the garden. Thankfully they also do some amazing gluten free options at the Nurseries Cafe – I went with a spanish omelette, a fresh mint tea and the most decadent gluten free chocolate brownie. They also do some gorgeous salads which you can mix and match. The Teahouse, the restaurant housed inside a quirky glasshouse, also offers seasonal food and statement salads. Dishes are inspired by the garden and you feel fully immersed in the rustic feel of your surroundings.
Address: 18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9RG
I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch last Sunday at the well known Milk in Balham. Since moving further South West London a number of people have recommended Milk as a must visit brunch hub. And as we all know, I love brunch.
We tried to visit the past two weekends however the queues have always been a mile long confirming the fact that it is indeed very, very popular. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long and within a few minutes the staff seated us at a beautiful, long sharing table. The buzz is great – as most brunch spots tend to be on a lazy Sunday morning and the staff were super friendly and attentive.
Our lovely waitress Jo talked us through the menu, and while it was only her 4th day, she was really informed about which gluten free options were available. They use cornbread for their gluten free alternative and their pancakes are generally made with buckwheat (naturally gluten free flour).
The pancake special changes each week and from what I’ve seen on their instagram, each week is equally divine. I went for the pancakes with jasmine tea and of course I had to try out their hash browns which were cooked to perfection and topped with lightly grated cheese. Jo double checked with the kitchen and proudly confirmed that the hash browns are definitely coeliac friendly!
The pancakes were served with chantecler apple bon bons, white miso cream, corn sable, nori syrup, preserved fig, tamarind and shiso – half of which I have never heard of. They weren’t too sweet or sickly but just the right balance of flavours. I would 100% recommend this spot to a friend, really enjoyed the food, the vibes and people!