Review on Native
Native originally opened in Neal's Yard, but after three successful years they moved to larger premises on Southwark Street in July 2018, a short walk from Borough Market. It's the brainchild of ex-River Cottage alumnus, chef patron Ivan Tisdall-Downes and business partner Imogen Davis, who adeptly manages front of house. This is their first permanent location having previously run a street food stall in Hackney, supperclubs and a series of pop-ups.
The kitchen creates dishes full of natural flavour with an emphasis on locally sourced wild, foraged and sustainable ingredients. Imogen is a keen forager, who also helps run the family falconry business, best known for Rufus the Hawk, who scares off pigeons during Wimbledon fortnight.
Menus change frequently to showcase the very best of the country's wild food, so look for starters in the shape of wild rabbit and prune pastilla and pickled walnut salad or pigeon breast, sweet brambles and pickled cabbage. Main courses pick up the theme with venison rack, spiced cabbage and pommes boulangeire or bream fillet, chard, Pernod sauce and pink pickled onions. Finish with prettily displayed desserts such as pain perdu, raspberries, basil and lemon curd ice cream or burnt cream and blueberries.
Native has a concise wine list of three red and white wines, as well as a couple of British sparkling options, bottled craft beers and seasonal cocktails.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Tue-Sat