We’re big fans of the seasons here at Me:Mo and get giddy with excitement as one season fades away and another begins. This is because it’s time for new seasonal produce and, most excitingly, new menus from our favourite seasonal London restaurants! This season, we’re talking rhubarb, purple sprouting broccoli, salsify, spinach, spring onions, asparagus, wild garlic – the list just goes on. As we spring into April, let’s turn our attention to the other most exciting thing that’s happening – restaurants are reopening! Pens at the ready people, these are our favourite London restaurants with seasonal menus you’ll want to add to your list…
Let’s start as we mean to go on with Townsend, a newly opened restaurant situated in Whitechapel Gallery in Aldgate. The modern British dining room and café curates a creative, simple and accessible menu that showcases the very best of seasonal British produce. Focussing on flavour over prissy presentation, Towsend hones the seasons and showcases this by changing their menu daily thanks to Head Chef Joe Fox. Alongside this menu is an evolving wine list, carefully put together with the food at the forefront of each decision.
Located in Richmond and Covent Garden, Petersham Nurseries are home to restaurants, lifestyle shops, a deli and a plant nursery. In Richmond, you’ll find they offer picturesque dining spots within their Café, where guests dine inside a gorgeous glasshouse filled with fragrant bougainvillea and jasmine, and their Teahouse – the romantic setting serving menus of wholesome seasonal food, hearty homemade cakes, great coffee and whole leaf teas. In Covent Garden, seasonality is still key. There’s La Goccia which provides Italian aperitvo and small plates known as ‘cicchetti’; then there’s The Petersham with a menu respecting the philosophy of ‘Slow Food’ by focussing on the finest seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours.
Now let’s turn our heads to one of London’s Michelin Star seasonal restaurants. This one’s in the trendy Clapham town and it’s called Trinity. Head chef Adam Byatt takes his seasons very seriously, offering modern British dishes within its stylish monochrome dining room. Alongside the food, of which there are two tasting menus, is a thoughtfully-compiled list of wines. The restaurant has been standing since 2006, and still to this day carries on with its self-set mission of serving seasonal, inspirational, great food.
Fancy some fine dining without the fuss? In that case, Brixton’s Salon is the one for you. Located in the covered market and only open during the same hours of the market, Salon is one of London’s seasonal restaurants serving a menu made up of ingredients from the deli below. The downstairs bar serves a menu of snacks and sharing dishes whilst upstairs curate an ever-changing seasonal set menu. Choose between four or seven courses and unwind in the casual setting of Salon with a fine-dining style of plate, without the fuss of a fine-dining restaurant.
Another one of London’s restaurants serving spectacular seasonal menus is Sorella where seasonality and family are central to the restaurant’s values. Sorella, which means ‘sister’ in Italian, has three sister restaurants itself – Darby’s, Bermondsey Larder, and Rye by the Water. The casual neighbourhood bistro is located in Clapham crafting contemporary British small plates with local, seasonal produce. The menu follows the traditional Italian format of cicchetti, antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci and takes its influence from their farm’s produce.
And finally, The 5 Fields. Offering playful and elegant menu that celebrates the significance of seasonal British produce, The Five Fields is located in South-West London between Chelsea and Belgravia. Its decadent dishes incorporate the seasons and accurately reflect the aesthetics of nature and landscape. The dining room itself is warm, welcoming yet fresh and stylish and pays tribute to the green fields between Chelsea and Knightsbridge where there once was an open space. The restaurant has been awarded four Rosettes and one Michelin Star – making it more the reason to add it to your list of seasonal London restaurants to visit.
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