Native duo to take on the former Pensons site

By Joe Lutrario

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Credit: Jodi Hinds
Credit: Jodi Hinds

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The pair behind the Native restaurant brand will launch a restaurant on the former Pensons site next month.

The Michelin-starred restaurant closed late last year citing ‘relentless inflationary pressure’.​  

Chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes and business partner and front of house counterpart Imogen Davis will relaunch the site - which on the Netherwood Estate on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border - on 22 May showcasing their 'diligent, hyper-sustainable menu style'.

The 32-cover restaurant with rooms (two in an adjacent building, with additional accommodation on the estate), also features a 14-seat private dining room on the upper level.

The grounds of the Netherwood Estate, tended by a team of gardeners, farmers and foragers, will supply many of the ingredients used on the menus.

There will be three menus – four courses at £65 per person, seven courses for £105 per person, and a Sunday lunch three-course offering at per person. 

Dishes will include nasturtium taco, Herdwick lamb with Wye valley asparagus and black garlic; stream trout with Lapsang dashi, tempura and crayfish; and Jerusalem artichoke mille-feuille and white chocolate. 

London-born Ivan met Imogen, originally from Northamptonshire, at university in Brighton, and they started their collaboration with markets, street food and pop-ups more than a decade ago.

They are dedicated to achieving zero waste kitchen practice and to cooking only sustainable, ultra-seasonal produce.

Their Native restaurant journey has taken them to establishments in Neal’s Yard, Borough Market, Osea Island, and most recently (until December 2023) at Brown’s in Mayfair. Ivan appeared on Great British Menu (series 15) in 2020, representing London and the South East.

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