Spring

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4 reviews

Somerset House, Lancaster Place , London, WC2R 1LA

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020 3011 0115

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SquareMeal Review of Spring

333

"EXCELLENT"

A charming addition to historic Somerset House, Spring showcases the considerable culinary talents of Skye Gyngell, who rose to foodie fame with a Michelin star at Petersham Nurseries Café. Her cooking puts impeccably sourced native ingredients centre stage in a seasonal menu that never fails to delight, and readers are full of praise for her “fabulous” but disarmingly simple dishes – perhaps delicate queen scallops coated in velvety lemon butter, grilled lamb with farro, cavolo nero and braised radicchio or perfectly moist guinea fowl accompanied by hearty seasonal greens and an indulgent corn and truffle sauce. Italian influences are evident alongside wider Mediterranean touches – think ricotta dumplings with spaghetti squash and spigarello or a zesty sorbet made with mandarins grown on Mount Etna. Spring’s elegant setting elevates dinner to a special occasion, with the Grade II-listed space transformed into an airy oasis of calm, where staff in pale uniforms deliver “knowledgeable, cosy and personal service”. Other plus points include the carefully assembled wine list, bespoke seasonal drinks and a little leafy atrium. “A real cut above the norm”, declares one fan.  

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Spring Location

Somerset House, Lancaster Place , London WC2R 1LA

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020 3011 0115

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10pm

Spring's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 10.0

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Service: 10.0

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Atmosphere: 10.0

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Value: 9.0

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Platinum Reviewer
23 February 2016

A Sunday evening out, that was also Valentine's day. The conservatory with potted trees is pretty and romantic and the staff are charming. Bread is lovely crusty sourdough, and butter looks homemade. Starters were light and delicious, and I had my first taste of agretti. My main course of turbot with macadamias, sprout flowers and butter sauce was so perfect, the fish tender, the nuts crunchy, altogether a lovely buttery dish but not over-rich, while cod with miso and pickled vegetables was also thoroughly enjoyed. A side dish of crushed celeriac with olive oil added an extra seasonal dimension. Desserts of blood orange shaker tart with creme fraiche, and the mascarpone with candied kumquats and granita were so good - but I'm glad I had the shaker tart as it was just top notch. Like a marmalade pie with flaky pastry and bitter orange filling it doesn't look that enticing - but it is so very good to eat. Each dish is generous in flavour, beautifully presented but not fussy, and makes the most of a wide variety of seasonal ingredients even in mid-February. A delightful dinner and I'd be happy to go back there anytime.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Silver Reviewer
13 July 2015

This new restaurant in Somerset House is an oustanding achievement. The first thing that strikes you is how very spacious and beautiful this restaurant is. It is in the forgotten New Wing of Somerset House, a space that seemed to spend many years (as so much in Somerset House) reinventiing itself and perennially under scaffolding. No longer. A sleek modern decor compiments and complements the neoclassical interior. The decorator deserves an award for sensitive good taste. One is left feeling that a restaurant that looks this good could get away with much. But Spring does not. Service is impeccable, and has a friendly charm that is warm yet unobtrusive. The food is outstanding. I had a splendid risotto followed by sea bream with a warm salad of chick peas, cauliflower and other greenery that was subtly flavoured and deliciously so. Both dishes were part of the prix fixe menu but there was much in the a la carte that tempted me. In fact, I suggested to the waitress that Spring consider establishing a taster's menu as everything appealed. Spring is rare in combining so many standards of excellence. I recommend it whoeheartedly.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
30 January 2015

Ms Skye continues from where she left at Petersham Nurseries! Short menu, first class cooking and service, pleasant relaxing atmosphere/decoration. Well spaced out tables, comfortable furniture. All the ingredients are there for an unforgetable outing! Well done! Keep up the good work!

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