Why not plan a short break away after the onslaught of Christmas? It can be an opportunity to treat yourself to a break from thinking about entertaining other people and concentrate on feeding your own soul – and stomach!
Springwood offers fabulous bed and breakfast accommodation and is a central location for a few of the best eating establishments in the south-east. With the prevalence of ‘celebrity’ cooking in all of the media, Christmas is the perfect time see what all the fuss is about and to present yourself with a new experience!
We are proud to be located only a short distance from many restaurants with excellent reputations. Here we share some of our guests’ favourites …
Why not splash out at Drake’s Restaurant in Ripley? Only 22 miles from Springwood, this restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star consistently since 2005, features in the Top 100 UK Restaurants (ranking Number 31 in 2014/15), and owner (Steve Drake) was named Chef of the Year in the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2014.
The menu’s focus is upon clarity and simplicity using quality produce that is both local and regional – with a known provenance: “Ingredients and flavour lead our creativity”.
Ripley’s Farmer’s Market is held in the second Sunday of the month and not only consists of fresh produce but often there are themed activities – from dog shows to cookery and farming demonstrations. Consider a visit to the village and its market to build up an appetite followed by a leisurely lunch at Drake’s Restaurant?
Another highly acclaimed restaurant is The Glasshouse at Kew – and could therefore be included with a visit to the famous gardens! Kew Gardens is world-famous for its historic glasshouses, magnificent vistas and precious specimen trees, not to mention royal buildings, the Pagoda and beautiful woods. Only 33 miles from Springwood, Kew Gardens also boasts four places to eat – White Peaks Café (food hall and ice-creamery), Victoria Plaza Café (artisan coffee shop and bakery), The Orangery (restaurant) and The Pavilion Restaurant (grill and barbecue).
Stepping up a notch, however, The Glasshouse opened in 1999 and gained a Michelin star in 2002 and since then has maintained an outstanding reputation for food, wine and customer care. Its aim, however, is to be regarded as a neighbourhood and local restaurant and therefore has established high standards with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Another well-known high quality eating venue found 30 miles from Springwood is Petersham Nurseries Cafe. The cafe is situated within the restored nurseries and gardens of Petersham House, which is recognised as an “internationally prized garden centre” and “a tranquil oasis and seedbed of inspiration”
Renovations of the nurseries commenced in 2000 and were finished in 2004 when the nurseries reopened along with retail outlets including furniture, gifts and antiques as well as plants and gardening goods. In the same year, Petersham Nurseries Café, opened with the now re-known Skye Gyngell installed as head chef. In 2011 Petersham Nurseries Café was awarded its first Michelin star in 2011 and in 2012 retained the honour with the help of Australian chef Greg Malouf. Ms Gyngall has since moved on but the Cafe remains one of the top restaurants in the area.
So why not book into a post-Christmas break at Springwood , avoid the post-Christmas blues and treat yourselves instead!