La Primavera is newly opened in St Thomas St, replacing the former "Buffalo" restaurant. It has a smart new exterior and a warm and welcoming interior. Owner Viki will likely be waiting to greet you if you call in to have a look, the refit has included repositioning the drinks and main front of house "base" at the front of the restaurant, which I think is a smart move. Family owned and run, with a welcoming feel
Viki with husband Matt owns the restaurant which was previously franchised out and been disappointing for both Viki and customers.
They have decided to take over properly and offer what Viki knows best from her Italian upbringing - great tasting, good quality and budget conscious Italian food in a warm, comfortable, friendly environment..
To set the scene for her customers - both diners and casual coffee drinkers - Viki has thought carefully about the customer experience. Seating, cushions, decor, cutlery, crockery - every detail has been considered, and investment made in quality and comfort.
Then there are the quirky touches like the floor - I won't spoil the surprise here, go and take a look - if you step inside Viki will greet you and show you around with pleasure! High score from Food Standards
The interior is spotlessly clean and indeed, on their first visit food standards gave an exceptionally high score for a first inspection. Delicious coffee served with a smile
La Primavera is open all day between 10 am and 10 pm, so morning customers tend to be en route between appointments or shopping, enjoying really excellent coffee prepared by Viki to their taste, some of them also sampling one of the Primavera's delectable desserts served as cake. Primavera's desserts are freshly made locally in Lymington, by local cake and dessert maker Theresa Smith. (find FB link!) They are authentic Italian desserts but Tiramisu Cake can double up very temptingly as a coffee treat! Try the strozzapreti!
When I went to Primavera recently on a Saturday night to eat, I chose one of their "flagship" pasta meals: their hand made "strozzapreti" (it's like stretched fusilli, and has a really firm texture as well as great taste) served with sauteed zucchini (ok courgette) and lots of smoked salmon, in a light sour cream sauce.
The portion was a good size and nicely presented in a simple shallow bowl, easy to eat from - all these things are important and show how Viki has thought about everything from the diner's perspective. It was also I thought very good value at £10.95
My husband opted for Viki's suggestion of the sea bream served on basil butter mashed potatoes with cherry tomatoes and olives - also very tasty and, we thought, a real bargain at £12.95. We liked the smart yet informal table decor, the table greenery specially created by Yasmin Design just along the road. I had a good chat with Viki on the subject of "locally" and it's also good to learn how all the local businesses at the top end of town are supporting one another too. Two course Lunchtime Special at £9.95
This is a really good deal for lunchtime diners, it includes any starter or dessert, and any pasta, pizza or "Secondi" from the menu (not the steaks - they're a bit more expensive!). Open seven days a week
La Primavera is currently open seven days a week, 10 am through to 10 pm. When we visited on a Saturday we went along afterwards to enjoy some live music at one of the pubs in the High Street, a perfect Saturday night out!
Also I would be wary of mentioning opening times, but I can see the argument for doing so. You could put (Spring 2014) in brackets after you mention them?
Viki looks forward to welcoming you at La Primavera Lymington - go try it!
La Primavera15 St Thomas StreetSO41 9NB
Open 7 days a week 10 am - 10 pm (as at Spring 2014)
Telephone 01590 673425 www.la-primavera.co
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