The Ethicurean

Meaning: Derived from the term Epicurean – the hedonistic philosophy of Epicurus which was devoted to sensual pleasures, especially food and drink – an ethicurean is a person who attempts to eat ethically without depriving oneself of taste.


Why go: The Ethicurean serves modern British cuisine, locally and ethically sourced, in the magical Barley Wood Walled Garden in Bristol.

The award-winning kitchen garden restaurant is founded on 'a sense of place', the idea of having a connection with the native land and the community who grow seasonal food upon it.

They offer everything from three- to five-course set menus, Sunday lunch and morning as well as afternoon tea. They serve meat but veg is the star of The Ethicurean show. Plus they have a wonderfully experimental bar (and seasonal soft drinks).

The Ethicurean

Why else: You'll learn something new. Co-founders, two brothers Matthew and Iain Pennington, are keen foragers and aim to put at least one foraged garnish on each meal.

“A lot of what we do is to try to help people understand the process behind food production,” says Matthew. “Guests commonly say ‘I had no idea you can eat that – it’s all over my garden and I thought it was weeds’.”

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