After three hugely successful years at No. 3 Neal’s Yard, the team at Native are excited to announce they will be moving across town to a new, larger home. The Covent Garden restaurant will close its doors to guests after dinner service on Saturday 19th May. On Tuesday 5th of June, Native will re-open at 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU.
The new Native will continue to celebrate all that founders Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis believe in: entirely British produce, zero waste, and a profound respect for the natural environment. Native embraces the ethos of ‘what grows together, goes together.’ As such they use locally sourced ingredients, supporting small, independent suppliers and micro farms as well as incorporating home-grown and self foraged food onto their menus.
Native initially started as a pop-up in 2015, and has become one of London’s most influential eco-conscious restaurants. This next chapter hopes to be just as successful, with the new restaurant seating 60 guests.
The daily changing menu will see many familiar Native dishes, such as fallow deer with caramelised cauliflower and carrot top salsa verde, and fermented truffle potato risotto with tamari and spenwood. With a strong focus on game, and bringing British produce to centre stage, the menu evolves with the seasons. Native’s much loved ‘Chef’s Wasting Snacks’ will also be on the menu in the new restaurant – a selection of canapés where Ivan makes imaginative use of produce that in many other kitchens would be discarded like fish skins, potato peelings and even wine, to ensure nothing goes to waste.
The wine list focuses on a concise selection of European wines boasting a range of natural, organic and biodynamic labels.
There will also be a dedicated bar area with a seasonal cocktail list celebrating the synergy between bar and kitchen. Old favourites such the Sea Buckthorn Negroni, designed by Ivan and Imogen, will join the menu alongside new creations.
Native will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 12.30-14.30 for lunch and 18.00-22.00 for dinner.
Reservations are open now and can be made online at www.eatnative.co.uk
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About Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis Born and raised in London, Ivan is an entirely self-taught chef. He learned to cook whilst at university in Brighton where he spent much of his time watching cookery shows and analysing cook books. He decided he would like to become a chef when he discovered how happy you could make people with food.
Ivan completed a stagiaire at The River Cottage and more recently at Dan Barbers’ Blue Hill at Stone Barns fine-tuning his skills and further developing his passion for natural, foraged and seasonal produce.
Having grown up in rural Northamptonshire, Imogen has always been at one with nature, running her family falconry business and managing the infamous Rufus the hawk.
Hunter-gathering is in Imogen’s blood, learning from a very young age the crafts of foraging, plucking and skinning whilst nurturing a truly wonderful palate for the wild food of Britain. Imogen was named in Grace Dents "10 People to Watch in the food industry 2017".
Kickstarter Native are launching a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the new restaurant project. Pledges will go towards buying equipment for the new restaurant, and supporting Native's 12 loyal staff members during the closure. A varied list of rewards are yet to be announced on the Kickstarter page. For updates on when the campaign will go live please check Native's social media channels. About the closure
A decision was made by Shaftesbury that Native would be unable to renew the lease on their current Neal’s Yard site and would need to vacate by May 19th. “Shaftesbury were fantastic in giving us the opportunity to launch Native and were a great help to us in our early days. We will definitely be sad to leave but are excited for what the future holds and look forward to new adventures in SE1“ Imogen Davis