Native at Browns closes

By Joe Lutrario

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Native at Browns restaurant closes

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Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes have closed their Native restaurant at Browns fashion shop in Mayfair citing an ‘array of challenges’ including unexpected rent increases.

The pair opened Native at Browns in 2021​ following the success of their original bricks-and-mortar Native restaurant near Borough Market and had achieved significant critical success, with the sustainability-focused venture appearing on Restaurant’s list of the top 100 places to eat in the UK in 2022. 

In an Instagram post, Davis and Tisdall-Downes said that the Native project will continue. 

“With lots of creative plans and new concepts projected for the coming year ahead, we have decided that focus and energies are best shifted to the running of future projects,” they said. 

“Albeit sad and unexpected to be leaving a part of our story, we want to take this moment to thank all of our lovely guests that have followed our journey thus far, our team, suppliers and producers that have and continue to support us to help spread our message to always #eatnative.” 

Over the next few months Native will be ‘getting back to its root’ with a series of events and the launch of a new permanent home ‘on the horizon for 2024’.

“Each new location we tread, each uncharted terrain we explore, brings with it the promise of new flavours, new connections, and new insights,” the pair’s Instagram post continues. “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.”

Native started life as a street food stall in 2015 but moved to a space beneath Portuguese chicken restaurant Casa Do Frango in 2018.

Chef Tisdall-Downes takes a zero-waste approach and often explores ingredients that are largely unsung. His best-known dishes include pigeon kebab and squirrel lasagne.

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