Spring is the prettiest restaurant I have been to in London. Full stop. The name seems apt – the interiors are inviting, light, enticing; a little like the season. Feminine but not girlie. You arrive with high expectations, and these rise the minute you walk in. You can’t have bad food in a restaurant like this.
Arriving with any expectation at all is always dangerous, but I’d read so much about Australian born chef Skye Gyngell – from her success at Petersham Nurseries (Richmond) to rave reviews of her new venture, that I was curious and a little excited.
Her success with Spring is understandable. It’s not just the beautiful dining room which makes the experience here so elegant and luxurious. The staff are charming, knowledgeable and professional. From the sommelier to the waitress to the front of house staff; we were looked after beautifully.
And then the food. This is not your usual ‘let’s grab a casual bite to eat’ restaurant. This is for special occasions, unless you’re smart and go for the lunch or pre-theatre set menu (two courses £27.50, three courses £31.50). We did this, and it’s completely worth it. The food is refined, light (barring the heavenly bread which does make a regular appearance) and skilfully cooked. It’s not overcomplicated: good produce, cooked very well. From the goats curd (almost whipped, it was so light and moorish) and sourdough bread to start, to the bavette steak with hollandaise sauce with deep fried courgette (again, the batter was light and crispy, not stodgy and soggy) – stunning.
To finish we had macchiatos as had a flight to catch to Rome, as couldn’t handle the journey in a complete food coma. Spring really is a delightful restaurant, the perfect lunch or dinner date place. Or should you be near the Strand, or visiting the Courtauld Gallery, then you can even just pop in for a coffee or drink at their leafy, more laid back, but equally pretty Salon (open 12pm – 11pm daily, Saturday until 5pm). Highly recommended.
Somerset House New Wing,
London WC2R 1LA