Report by Jan Collier
It took little more than a week to transform one of Ewell’s oldest Inns into the kind of friendly restaurant and bar that you can enjoy with all the family. On Saturday 3rd November, The Spring Tavern, which dates back to the 1800’s, opened its newly refurbished doors to reveal a welcoming, warm wood and brickwork interior with décor that embraces tradition with a comfortably modern twist.
With the real log fires, very comfy armchairs in cosy corners and a mouth-watering menu to suit all tastes, they’ve thought of everything from traditional to Vegan fare and desserts in a tea cup.
Manager Alex Oliveira is delighted with the new style and very proud of his team, however he told EETN that prior to the refurbishment, he held a special last-minute auction of the Spring’s old fixtures and fittings, which otherwise would have been discarded. ‘I couldn’t let that happen,’ he said, ‘there were so many lovely things to treasure including special paintings by local artists and beautiful mirrors.’ The auction raised in excess of four thousand pounds, which Alex then kindly donated to the Royal Marsden. Not everything was sold, though, and so in the New Year, he plans to hold a second auction to raise funds for a charity of his choice. What a great idea.