Native to open in London Bridge this month

This month, Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis are set to open their restaurant Native in London Bridge, following a relocation from Neal’s Yard, bringing their dedication to British wild produce and foraged-focused cooking south of the river.

Having spent time in the kitchens at River Cottage in Devon and the renowned Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns in New York, Tisdall-Downes was influenced by the innovative cooking of natural, foraged and seasonal produce, while Davis, a hunter-gatherer at heart, spent weekends foraging in the Northamptonshire countryside.

The menu begins with each chef creating a snack from kitchen offcuts, such as radish tops and grain husks, that would ordinarily go to waste. To follow, guests can choose from plates such as Fermented IOW Tomatoes, Smoked Salsa Verde, Graceburn, Yesterday’s Bread; and Venison, Nasturtium, Jersey Royal, Miso Bagna Cauda, Broccoli.

The kitchen is dedicated to cooking with sustainable meat and seafood: fish is caught off the Dorset coast, venison is supplied from South Downs in Sussex, and game shot in Yorkshire.

Every morning the chefs head to their new neighbours at Borough Market to take their pick of seasonal fruit and vegetables, and herbs are foraged locally by Imogen, Ivan and the team who work closely with local foragers.

Diners can finish with something sweet, such as Meadowsweet Custard, Yorkshire Rhubarb and Coriander Honeycomb, and a Native favourite: Marrowmel, a white chocolate and bone marrow caramel.

Guests can sip on botanical-led cocktails, including a Melilot Mule with house-made melilot - or sweet clover - vodka, lime and organic ginger beer, and a Carrot & Sea Buckthorn Negroni, incorporating English vermouth.

The wine list takes a similarly local approach: highlights include an English pinot noir by Worcestershire-based Sixteen Ridges, and a bottle-fermented sparkling wine from Three Choirs in Gloucestershire.

At Native’s new home, Tisdall-Downes will launch an intimate chef’s table where a handful of guests will be served around a polished concrete table in the kitchen each evening. Diners can watch as the team prepares an 8-course tasting menu (£60), breaking down the barrier between chef and guest and allowing Native’s seasonal approach and thoughtful cooking to be seen first-hand.

Tisdall-Downes said, “Having been born and brought up in south London, it’s great to be returning to my home turf. I’ve always wanted to host a chef’s table, where we’ll be able to experiment with some new techniques and dishes.'

Davis added, “It’s especially exciting to be so close toBorough Market, one of my favourite markets in the world, where we can pick and choose such amazing wild produce, and keep our focus on being a zero waste kitchen dedicated to the best British ingredients.”