April Bloomfield is an English chef with great credentials, she was originally scouted by Mario Batali before moving to New York to open the Spotted Pig. We visited just after the venue lost the Michelin star it had held since 2005, being downgraded to the Bib Gourmand guide. Nevertheless the achievement of this venue cannot be understated, to hold a star as a gastropub is to say the venue could compete with the finest of restaurants around the world while still being accessible and affordable to many.The space is small but it adds to the atmosphere. The decor is eclectic, warm and cheerful with a friendly and welcoming buzz as you enter. We visited on a weekend and gained the brunch options as well as the usual lunch choices.
Given the menu crossover we decided to try something from the lunch and brunch menu.The Spotted Pig is known for their legendary burger, so of course we had to try it. A medium rare patty in a toasted bun is coated in an intense rochefort cheese. There’s no iceberg lettuce in sight. This is a burger that’s all about the important stuff – the meat and the cheese. For lovers of both these things, especially blue cheese, this is a meal which cannot be missed! Even better, the burger comes with equally exalted shoestring fries which have made best eats lists in their own right. The rosemary and the garlic seasoning, and the uniquely thin and crispy fries are just perfection. This is a burger dish worth travelling for but consider yourself warned, it’s not for the faint hearted!
We also sampled the Dutch baby, a type of pancake we haven’t had the pleasure of trying before. It’s a puffed pancake, sweet and crispy, coated in powdered sugar and with a splash of maple syrup. Even better is the strips of house cured bacon, the perfect combination of savoury and sweet. We would definitely try a Dutch baby again.
The Spotted Pig are an amazing and unique eatery and we’re so glad to have had the opportunity to visit – with or without the Michelin star!