Published 8 April 2021
by Harriet Prior
Bookings are now open for the new iteration of Native, the popular foraged food restaurant that’s hopped about a bit. Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis had made the bold move to relocate Native to Osea Island on the Essex coast after they closed their London site last summer. Now, the wild food pioneers are partnered with the luxury retailer Browns at its new flagship boutique in Mayfair.
The first of its kind for Browns, the restaurant is true to Native’s ethos of ethical seasonal produce, serving a selection of casual sharing plates, natural wines, and foraged cocktails. “We are so excited to be embarking on this new chapter of Native and are excited to finally be able to show our guests our new space, which has been many months in the making,” says Davis.
The Native at Browns menu features snacks made using ingredients that would usually go to waste, larger plates such as wild halibut and retired dairy cow short rib, and a ‘mermillionaire shortbread’ – a seaweed infused take on the classic.
Joe Knowlden – most recently of Hide Mayfair – has joined the team as head chef, creating vegetable-focused dishes with meat and fish playing a ‘supporting role.’ The restaurant has teamed up with Shrub Provisions to make the most of produce from farms surrounding London, and Davis and Tisdall-Downes will continue to forage products from across the UK.
The restaurant opens indoors in May, but the Native at Browns Courtyard with room to accommodate 40 diners is open from next week. There is a special garden snacks menu, as well as a selection of small dishes, cocktails, and wines by the glass. If you’re worried about staying warm, we’re told there will be outdoor heaters and lots of blankets made from 100% recycled cotton, naturally.