Skye Gyngell has announced an addition to her first stand-alone London restaurant, Spring at Somerset House. The chef (often credited with putting Petersham Nurseries on the culinary map) plans to open a trio of spaces called The Salon adjacent to her New Wing dining room on 3 April.
Spring opened late last year and had a rather polarising effect on the cognescenti, perfectly encapsulated by the reviews of The Sunday Times’s Camilla Long and The Guardian’s Marina O’Laughlin whose opinions landed at either end of the spectrum. For those who felt, as Ms Long did, that Spring was too girly, The Salon will probably do nothing to assuage that feeling.
The space will comprise tree lined tables, a dining bar and atrium garden. It’s “an airy dining space flowing from Spring’s entrance into the heart of the restaurant” the press release tells us “while flora and fauna designs will create a natural backdrop brining the outdoors in”.
The 45-cover restaurant, open all-day Monday to Saturday, and noon-5 pm on Sundays, will not accept reservations. One the menu: Confit of fennel with crème fraiche and roe; pan fried monkfish liver, soda bread, salted butter; piccolo fritto of artichoke & lemon with warm aioli; and a selection of ice creams.
The focus of the wine list will be on wines by the glass, and there will be a small selection of cocktails.