Signs of Spring

Where to find spring year-round

British weather is the epitome of the oxymoron 'accurate forecasts' since it can change from day to day (or even by the hour). Even if it is difficult to rely on consistent spring-like weather, here are a few places where it at least feels like spring:

Medicine Garden (Cobham) — Within the walls of this renovated Victorian garden are a number of charming places to eat. The Garden Pod Café features sandwiches, salads and desserts that can be enjoyed inside, from fanciful chairs on the deck or on lawn chairs or picnic blankets in the garden. Recently named one of the best places for breakfast, The Hothouse Café also serves lunch, including beer, wine and bubbles. Within the courtyard, Blid & Hatton Gatherings offers cooking workshops, pop-up and private dining events.
Downside Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3LU

Petersham Nurseries Cafe (Richmond) — I love the setting of this restaurant within the nursery, complete with dirt floors. The menu is seasonal, always fresh and uses many ingredients from Petersham’s own garden. The Cafe is also open a limited number of evenings a year featuring a three-course meal complete with welcome drink and appetizer. A counter service, informal lunch can be taken in their Teahouse and includes seasonal quiches, salads and soups. Also, coffee, tea and desserts are served throughout the day.

Spring (London) — If you like Petersham, you will also like Spring. In fact, the head chef, Skye Gyngell, made her mark at Petersham Nurseries. Located in Somerset House, the stylish main dining room is light and airy and exudes spring. The Salon, which doubles as a private dining room, operates on a no bookings policy and is the perfect place to get a drink or light bite. In addition to their ala carte lunch and dinner menu and reasonably priced set lunch menu, they offer a pre-theatre Scratch Menu. This three-course meal is £20/person and cleverly made using ingredients that are overlooked.

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