Skye Gyngell’s Somerset House restaurant, Spring, will open a real-world version of its online food shop at 66-68 Ledbury Road in Notting Hill this May. The store will carry the range of baked goods — like quince pocket pies, spelt muffins, and custard buns — and prepared foods; produce from revered Herefordshire farm Fern Verrow; and sauces, preserves, ice creams, sorbets, and condiments that have anchored its online offer throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
The restaurant’s studious elegance will be transposed by a “wide farm table, positioned underneath a stunning everlasting installation by Kitten Grayson Flowers,” designed to be “laden” with produce and other goods. Gyngell and her team have introduced multiple iterations of Spring’s winning formula throughout — an accidentally Wes Anderson ice cream pop-up at Somerset House; a more casual pasta menu for autumn reopening. Of the latter, Gyngell said: “I’m also really aware that I need to keep a lot of really wonderful people in work including the farmers and all the people who work at Spring. We are just trying to survive and cook during this strange time.” This shop, and its transposition to a fully fledged store, looks set to keep to that edict.
Of the opening, she said: “It is imperative to choose to embrace the values of organic, regenerative and community supported agriculture, in order to nourish both families and the planet. It is for this very reason I am so excited to bring, directly to you, the latest iteration of Spring.”