Rugby lunches – a unique experience for staff and guests
Home to the England Rugby squad for 21 years (1980-2001), The Petersham has a rich rugby history, and being located just two miles from Twickenham stadium it makes The Petersham Restaurant the perfect place for pre-match dining before England’s home games.
Rugby lunches at The Petersham are a unique experience for staff and guests alike. We have so many regulars that visit for every game, that it often feels more like meeting up with old friends than serving customers. Everyone who visits is in high spirits and ready to celebrate, and our team are more than happy to join in.
The rugby lunches are unusual for us in that everyone leaves roughly at the same time, and many choose to arrive early for a beer before lunch and stay 3 or 4 hours until they leave for the match. This means service has to be slicker than ever and the kitchen is under enormous pressure to freshly prepare every meal, but we always pull out all the stops to deliver the exceptional food and service we are known for.
With everyone leaving an hour or so before kick-off, all at the same time, it can be a bit of a shock to see the restaurant empty so quickly. It takes a long time to clean the restaurant and bar afterwards, but everyone working is rewarded with drinks at the end of their shift. There will also be a handful of guests who return for post-match beers too, and they are always welcome.
Guests visiting us for the rugby lunches might also spot a famous face or two, as we often welcome rugby royalty to The Petersham for lunch on match days allowing budding fans to dine alongside some of their sporting heroes.
Our rugby lunches are now so well-established that they have to be booked months in advance if you want to secure a table. With every table full and additional tables brought in especially for the occasion, the atmosphere in the restaurant on match days is fantastic.
Robin Chandler from our concierge team commented on the rugby lunches:
“The restaurant almost feels like a rugby club. It’s completely mad – the atmosphere is so good that people just don’t want to leave, even when it’s so close to game time. We put a lot of effort into making sure everyone has a great time and that everyone is able to get to the stadium on time”
Additionally, we always hand out a selection of maps and guides of Richmond and Twickenham to make sure our guests get from us to the stadium in plenty of time for kick-off.
This year’s Six Nations was not only a triumph for the England team, but for our restaurant which was busier than ever. If you want to join in the celebrations for England’s Autumn International matches against Australia, Argentina and Samoa in November, please see our sample menus here.
We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, contact our restaurant on 020 8939 1084 to reserve your table.