5 Spring time must-eats
Stuck for things to do in London, now the weather is on the turn? Henry Bond tells us his 5 favourite places to eat in London in spring-time...
The Pub – The Bull & Last
The Bull and Last is a traditional Victorian pub across the road from the southern most tip of Hampstead Heath which locals will confirm serves the best pub food in North West London. It prides itself on the seasonal food that is literally foraged by their Head Chef Ollie Pudney. Where better to tuck into your first lamb shank with Spring veg of the season than this place. Remember the part about it being next to Hampstead Heath? They also sell deliciously decadent picnic hampers that are to be enjoyed sat on the grass while watching your bravest friend catch hyperthermia by jumping into the Hampstead swimming lakes.
The Nursery – Petersham Nurseries
If the sun is out but the English Spring temperature leaves something to be desired head to the Michelin Star awarded Café in the Petersham Nurserie’s greenhouse. You get most of the fun in the sun surrounded by assorted flora, fauna and vegetables without the risk of April Showers and wind chill factor. You will find your meal garnished with edible flora and any ingredients not grown at Petersham Nurseries are sourced from small farmers and specialist suppliers. Their premises along with their menu molds with the seasons ensuring both food and venue are always as Mother Nature intended.
The Escape – Kenwood House
Maybe what you really need this Spring is a feed away from the city hustle and bustle, or if viewed from a more skeptical stance, an escape from all that Spring cleaning. No better place to disappear off to than Kenwood House where even the most ardent private detective of a lover or flatmate will struggle to locate you and drag you back to your prophylactic duties. Located in the Northern echelons of Hampstead Heath (shhhh) Kenwood House is surrounded by acres of tranquil gardens and houses the Searcy’s run ‘Brew House’ and ‘Steward’s Room’ Cafés. Between these is a suitable sustenance for every moment of your great escape. Brunch, lunch, cake and coffee, indoors or out are all there for your enjoy.
The Splash Out – Marcus
Maybe on your return from Verbier you are quite rightly suffering from the post-holiday blues however your summer trip to the Cote d'Azur still feels a little way off; a five to eight course ‘Taste Of Spring’ taster menu at Double Michelin star Marcus located in The Berkeley Hotel might be just what you need to see you through such fallow times. A contemporary space in which head chef Mark Froydenlund creates an Spring’s most extraordinary and meticulous gastronomic experience.
The Left Field – Sushi Salsa
This brings us to that point which you inevitably reach where you cannot conceive of anything worse than consuming another lamb shank, rhubarb crumble or walnut. Sushi Salsa can be found in the heart of vibrant Camden. Their generous portions of sushi are often served resplendent upon piles of ice and can be consumed either inside or out in their external large seating area right beside the Camden canal. They also have a mean cocktail list making it an ideal place for an unorthodox spring afternoon of sun, sashimi, and sake.
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