While we were big fans of Skye Gyngell's Spring when we visited it last year, we couldn't help think that the conservatory space outside of the main restaurant could be put to better use. Now it seems that it's in for a change as the area, and more besides, is about to be revamped as The Salon.
What you need to know about the Salon at Spring
It'll be very light (via the atrium’s glass ceiling), airy with plenty of foliage. The Salon is made up of tree lined tables at the front of the restaurant, a dining bar, and an atrium garden. The space, which will seat 45, has been created by Australian interior designer Briony Fitzgerald, who is also Skye Gyngell's sister. They're promising a light colour palette that includes white and cream linens and striped yellow banquettes in the garden. The flora and fauna designs are by landscape designer Jinny Blom.
Expect a different, but similar, menu to the restaurant. There will be small plates, cheeses, seasonal ice creams and wines by the glass. Dishes include:
- Confit of fennel with crème fraiche and roe (£7)
- Pan fried monkfish liver, soda bread, salted butter (£8)
- Piccolo fritto of artichoke & lemon with warm aioli (£6)
- Ortiz anchovies on toasted sourdough with chilli and fontodi extra virgin olive oil (£10).
There will also be a selection of seasonal ice creams created by Spring’s Head Pastry Chef, Sarah Johnson.
The wine list will be condensed too. That will have five white wines and five reds as chosen by Head Sommelier Frank Embleton plus two daily changing wines that will be complimenting the small seasonal menu. A small list of cocktails will include the Spring Vesper, a Seville orange gin fizz, a Verbena sour and a Damson margarita.
The Salon at Spring will be open on April 3 2015 at Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA. It will open from noon until 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and from noon until 5.00pm on Sundays. It won't be taking reservations either, so well worth popping by if you're in the area. Find out more about Spring.