Posted by Devenia Besant on 13 Oct 2019

It always good to have a team night out and on Friday night Dee and I did just that on Friday by sampling some of the seasonal delights on offer from the autumnally inspired menu at The Spring Tavern in the heart of Ewell Village.

The relaxed, welcoming yet super stylish ambience of The Spring hits you as soon as you enter it’s double doors. We were warmly welcomed to our seats which were within the restaurant section of the pub. The softly lit area had a buzzy atmosphere with other guests chatting away over their chosen delights from the menu. Indicating this is as ever a popular hot spot.

After looking at the extensive wine list we go for the fruity and fabulously bubbly Freixenet Prosseco which is served in beautiful flutes with a raspberry in each glass.  Whilst sipping our sparkling wine we were shown the new Autumn/Winter menu which was breathtaking in its offerings. The menu seems to have an emphasis on offering freshness and a cleanliness to each dish whether you opt for a heavier meal or a lighter option the clean and green theme runs throughout this well thought out menu. There really was something for everyone.

The maitre d’ explained how the menu had been tweaked to cater for an autumnal palette, however favourites such as the Chocolate Bomb has remained on the menu but with a wintertime twist. (More on that later!)

I subconsciously choose what was deemed as ‘healthier’ options. The misconception can be that the lighter menu choices can be tasteless or boring but this really wasn’t the case!  The starter of Seared Wild Atlantic Scallops was served on a creamy roasted cauliflower purée with an additional serving of beautifully spiced tempura cauliflower. The scallops just melted in the mouth and were prepared to perfection.

I then went on to devour the stunning Roasted Salmon Fillet which was pan fried with Samphire, Broccoli and Baby Spinach. The salmon just fell apart as you cut through and tasted so fresh and again the seasoning was so perfect.  The seasonal vegetables were the perfect compliment to the dish and I must say I felt almost like I couldn’t finish my plate which is a bonus when you have supposedly chosen the healthier option!

Other dishes sampled on our table were the King Prawn Gratin starter which Dee had and was served with a delectable garlic, white wine and leek sauce and baked with Panko breadcrumbs and gran moravia cheese. The Squid served with a salt and Szechuan pepper coating was also chosen. These as always were beautifully prepared and presented in a gorgeous nautical striped paper.  A selection of mains were also devoured such as the classic Maple Pork Belly which is now served with succulent pig cheeks and seared scallops (Dee said it was AMAZING).  The Rack of Lamb was also sampled which was served with cured chorizo on a bed of butternut squash purée, cavolo Nero and creamy and comforting potato dauphinois. The starters and the mains were so impressive and filling we nearly didn’t have room for our puddings! However, we all had pudding! It would have been the height of bad manners not to!

As mentioned before there was something for everyone on the dessert menu, vegan options, lighter options, traditional options and of course a cheese board! Again, I opted for the ‘lighter option’ of the Deconstructed White Chocolate Cheesecake which is a paired down version of the cheesecake which was originally on the menu. This was beautifully presented, thick shards of luxurious white chocolate were stacked upon a bed of creamy white cheesecake filling and artistically placed crushed cheesecake base surrounded the autumnal jus of blackberries which complimented the creamy consistency of the desert.

Dee couldn’t resist the pudding she always has which is the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding and it is easy to see why! The moist sponge just melts in the mouth and is oozing with a warm, silky smooth butterscotch sauce. A winner for most palettes. But finally the Ambassadors Melted Chocolate Bomb really was the ultimate show stopper. It really is the ‘X Factor’ of puddings. An autumnal take on the classic Spring Tavern classic dessert, which now has a Ferraro Rocher influence. Warm praline flavoured sauce is poured over this superfluous chocolate/hazelnut bomb until it melts in the middle. Pure theatre at the table.

The ambassadors are definitely spoiling us with not only this dessert but with the whole menu. There truly is something for everyone, definitely worth a visit this autumn / winter.

Kat xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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