REVIEW: Native, Covent Garden
Native is so new, you can smell the Farrow & Ball, and you’ll catch a few splinters in your tights on the natural wooden benches. A startlingly fresh concept, too – taking the country’s best wild food (native to the UK) and combining it with innovative cooking and country thrift.
The emphasis is on natural, foraged and seasonal British produce, so much so that the menu can change on a daily basis – you’ll want to take many an Instagram snap to cherish what you ate forever, as there could be no chance to return for the same again. And what luck, because the dishes are so bright and colourful it’s impossible to resist a cheeky upload.
The menu is game-heavy, but veggies are well catered to – offerings such as Beetroot Tarte Tatin, Salsa Verde & Tomato & Lovage Salad sit happily alongside meatier options of Venison Rack, Spiced Cabbage & Pommes Boulangeire or Beef Shin Ragu, Fresh Corn Polenta & Wild Fennel.
Dessert’s a pleasure, too, the promise of hazy English summers wafting through as everyone indulges in Burnt Cream & Blueberries or a Bramble & Mint Bakewell, with Clotted Cream & Berries.
Staff continued the theme on our visit, with pretty floral headdresses one might prance around in at Glastonbury – relaxed smiles on their faces all the way. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back for a dose of British summer amidst the freezing cold weather, and we hope you won’t either.