After a two year hiatus, chef Skye Gyngell is back with her
glorious new restaurant Spring at Somerset House.
Taking residency in a wing of Somerset House, mercifully there's
not a hint of the previous tenants… the Inland Revenue offices.
Skye called upon her Sydney-based interior designer sister Briony
Fitzgerald; the result is as fresh as the restaurant's name. Cool
blue walls, pink button-back sofas, Lindsey Adelman pendant lights
and the prettiest ladies bathroom with pink herringbone floor
"Do you want to see the boys bathroom?" asks Skye who happens to
be in the Jinny Blom-designed winter garden as I arrive. Gyngell
proudly shows off the equally fabulous blue-tiled gents, then
points out the hundreds of individually placed porcelain leaves on
the restaurant walls and the waiters' sailor-boy infused uniforms
by Trager Delaney before realizing that she needs to, "Get back in
The menu is the ingredient-inspired food that Skye became famous
for while at Petersham Nurseries. I had a chickpea farinata with
San Daniele ham, ricotta and artichokes, a perfectly cooked fillet
of beef with deep fried Jerusalem artichokes, rocket and delicious
Café de Paris butter-based sauce, and naughty caramel chocolate and
walnut honey ice cream.
I'll be returning to Spring very soon. And will happily have
those very same courses again, whilst sitting beneath a sky filled
with balloon-like lights, grateful that despite heading into
winter, there's a slice of spring to be had all year round.
Spring, Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R
Tel: 020 3011 0115