Nomadic restaurant Native on the move once more

The much-travelled and highly rated zero-waste restaurant Native is on the move again, having announced the closure of its berth at luxury retailer Browns’ Mayfair flagship store after just over two years.

Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes (pictured) broke the “sad and unexpected” news in an Instagram post, saying they would now be hosting a series of events before opening in a new permanent venue in 2024.

The pair launched Native as a street-food stall in 2015 before moving into bricks-and-mortar sites, first in Covent Garden’s Neal’s Yard, followed by Borough Market, then at uninhabited Osea Island on the Essex coast before heading to Browns in 2021.

In their post, they said: “Each new location we tread, each uncharted terrain we explore, brings with it the promise of new flavours, new connections, new insights. So, who knows what adventure and discovery lies ahead?

“Our nomadic spirit propels us forward, ready to embrace the unknown, to uncover hidden gems, and to weave them into the narrative of sustainability and gastronomy.”

Ivan, whose creations have included squirrel lasagna, won the highest possible rating of 5 for his cooking in the current Harden’s guide, with reporters hailing his “wonderful, innovative dishes that exceed expectations [and] stick in the memory, for instance, the fudge bone-marrow creme brûlée, which got meatier as we got closer to the bone“.

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