Menu: A celebration of British produce that’s wild and foraged
Vibe: A bit more fancy than your average dinner, but still reasonable for a treat
Great for: When you want great, sustainably sourced food that’s made with care and creativity
Vegetarian/vegan friendly: A couple of drool-worthy veggie and vegan offerings
Signature dish: Any of the game dishes – although the plant-based offerings are equally good
Because It’s Cool:
Native offers a seasonal British eating experience that is so fresh and wild they warn you might even find a piece of shot on your plate.
The restaurant offers separate lunch and dinner menus, or you can go the whole hog and opt for the tasting menu. Whichever you choose, you can be sure to find some of the UK’s best foraged food and game.
It is centrally located under the railway arches in London Bridge and has enough choice to cater to both meat lovers and veggies. There aren’t too many tables either, which means even when things get busy your meal feels relaxed and you won’t be shouting at each other while you eat.
Because It Matters:
Native’s founders have strong links to the Great British Outdoors, one of the founders started at River Cottage HQ so has a passion for natural produce, and the other has turned her hand from falconry to wild food.
Even the drinks menu is seasonal. There’s a strong selection of wines and craft beer, plus they offer their very own foraged cordials and juices, too.
Everything is locally sourced and there is a focus on nose-to-tail and root-to-stem eating. There’s even a ‘wasting menu’, which is made up of amuse bouche used with bits and bobs left over in the kitchen.
We had cod cheeks and a nibble affectionately called the ‘compost heap’ that was made up of leftover potato skins. The restaurant is so-waste conscious that your receipt will be emailed to you, rather than printed.