I love visiting pubs during this time of year. They have such a cosy ambience and in my personal opinion, top a night out in London any day. So when The Spring Tavern in Ewell invited me to taste their new menu in the lead up to their reopening, I jumped at the offer. And of course if I’m going to tuck into three delicious courses, then who better to share the experience with than my boyfriend Andrew, sister Monica and her other half, Ed. Let’s make it a double date night!
This was actually my first ever gifted ‘bloggers event’ I’ve attended, and I was in absolute awe with the service (and food of course but we’ll get to that bit later) at The Spring Tavern. We received a warm welcome and were accompanied over to the bar where we could help ourselves to the gin making station, complete with a very generous selection of fruits and flavourings. I’m actually one of the few people that doesn’t like gin though (or tonic, not sure which) so instead ordered a glass of white, which the barman recommended to me.
We next took a seat at a neighbouring table and were shortly greeted with an array of canapés. The Spring Tavern is definitely a premium pub and restaurant in terms of appearance, service and flavour. The use of warm tones and textures in the furniture and decor, alongside the ambient lighting creates such a relaxed yet high-end feel. My sister particularly had her eye on the wine cabinet, beautifully displayed alongside the dining area.
Onto the main event, we were shortly seated for dinner with bottomless drinks. The Spring Tavern offers a mouth-watering seasonal menu with freshly prepared dishes suitable for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. The hardest part was deciding what dishes to choose, or as Ed said, “the menu’s almost too good”. I’ll take that as a Scouse compliment. At the end of the night, Ed actually ended up chatting to the general manager, Alex who informed us that their Sunday’s were already fully booked for several weeks for Sunday roasts due to the talented chef who’s joined them from Windsor.
Back to the food though, myself and Monica ordered deep-fried brie (in panko breadcrumbs with chutney) for starters, whilst the boys ordered the scallops of the day, and salt and szechuan pepper squid (with aioli).
We all know the main course is where it’s really at; of which I ordered the spit-roasted chicken with lemon and garlic confit, aioli and fries (’cause who requests a side serving of salad? Although that’s the tasty alternative if you’re not feeling fries). The chicken was honestly so tender that it slipped off the bone with ease. The portions are also rather generous that I in fact (and rather embarrassingly) asked for a ‘doggy’ bag – but it made an excellent lunch at work the following day, so I should really feel no shame.
Monica ordered the roasted rack of lamb, and the boys matched with roasted pork belly and seared scallops. All equally as flavoursome and tender.
Although the main course is where it’s at, dessert is obviously the best part of any coursed meal. Unfortunately I was completely stuffed by this point, but that’s also one of the great things about The Spring Tavern’s dessert menu – if you haven’t got room for a whole treat, you can order one of their mini desserts which also includes a hot drink.
I personally went for the apple and blackberry crumble, as it’s one of my favourite desserts, but Andrew ordered the coolest looking dessert called the, ‘melting chocolate and peanut bomb’. This dessert was essentially a thing from a viral video, where it’s served as a solid chocolate ball that melts as you add the hot liquid chocolate to it. I really wanted to take a photo of it but was using the facilities when it got served and completely missed it!