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SquareMeal Review of Spring

Gold Award

Occupying the west wing of Somerset House, Skye Gyngell’s Spring starts with the advantage of a beautifully calming space, enhanced by a clever and sympathetic interior. The lofty ceilings, the many shades of white, the artful wall sculptures, even the Japanese-influenced staff uniforms all add to the mood of peaceful serenity.  

The kitchen uses sustainably produced and ethically sound ingredients for seasonal dishes that are “modern, fresh and different enough to feel exciting”– as in in a starter of perfectly ripe peach, sweetened with honey, perfumed with rosewater and given a savoury, salty kick with Culatello ham or a carpaccio of sea bass dressed with a salsa of cucumber and green tomatoes, corn, chilli and lime.  

Stick to the simple main courses to get the best from the kitchen – a generous chunk of steamed turbot served on a bed of cucumber with an exemplary béarnaise is as unfussy as can be, yet delivers a lovely balance.  So too does fillet steak (served Italian style with salsa verde), though perfectly grilled lamb cutlets with aubergine gratin somehow lose their intensity through the build-up of herbs and spices.

To conclude, there’s a choice of straightforward desserts: bitter chocolate cake with coffee ice cream; treacle tart; warm ginger and rhubarb pudding. The wine list promises an enlightened world tour with fair mark-ups, but also check out the zesty cocktails and homemade tonics.

While the main repertoire is both elegant and wholesome, Skye Gyngell has taken the sustainable ethos to another level for pre-theatre deals.  Arrive between 5.30 and 6.30 for the ‘scratch menu’, which utilises ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste. At £20 per head, this is a steal, and the feel-good factor is priceless.

Good to know about Spring

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Cool, Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation
Romantic, Special occasions

Location for Spring

Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London, London, WC2R 1LA

020 3011 0115


Opening Times of Spring

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

Reviews of Spring

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4 Reviews 

Ms/Mrs. Lynn W

Perfect and charming
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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Ms/Mrs. Frank C

Oh, To be In London when Spring is Here!
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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Mr. Theodore L

Skye's the limit!
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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Ms/Mrs. Penny J

Skye is back. This is perfect!!
29 October 2014  
Very big portion. Good service. lovely place. reasonable price.
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