Quirky and chilled, with a focus on ethical sourcing, serving up food to suit all tastes.
It’s been a decade since Spoon relocated to this airy space, which has variously been a Chinese buffet and (famously) the café where JK Rowling wrote parts of the Harry Potter books. Today it welcomes regulars, students, theatre-goers and tourists, who enjoy an all-day and into evening menu that is creative and eclectic. In fact, the food is a bit like the restaurant itself – the furniture doesn’t match, pictures are slightly crooked and the crockery is retro. But it’s all charming, with a very modern attitude: good local sourcing and no plastic in sight. Breakfast is served until 5pm, lunch from noon and pre-theatre is a popular choice before popping across to the Festival Theatre for a show. Dinner is wide-ranging and includes starters such as sweet potato with lentil mash and blue cheese. Among the mains, an aubergine, tomato and lentil curry hits the spot but is a little light on spice; or meat-eaters can go for braised brisket that falls apart to the touch and is served with bacon and marrowfat peas. And it’s tough to resist warm brownie with mascarpone at any time of day.
- Private dining: 30–40 in curtained off area
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chilled instrumental
- Capacity: 92
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2009 at Nicolson Street (2002 at previous Blackfriars Street site)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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