Native reopens after hitting £50k crowdfunding goal

By Sophie Witts contact

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Native reopens after hitting £50k crowdfunding goal
‘Wild food’ restaurant Native has reopened in its new London location after hitting its £50,000 crowdfunding target.

Nearly 200 backers helped the team reach their Kickstarter goal with hours to go last night (4 June).

Owners Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes launched Native in Covent Garden in 2015, but were forced to close the site in May​ after they were denied planning permission, among other factors.

Now they have relocated to a Southwark, with a larger 60-cover site and a dedicated bar area.

The crowdfund will be used to help buy new equipment and to pay all 12 members of staff for the period of the closure.

The new restaurant will keep Native's zero-waste focus, serving foraged, home-grown and seasonal produce.

Its menu includes a range of ‘Chef’s Wasting Snacks’ - canapés made using leftovers such as potato peelings and wine – fallow deer with caramelised cauliflower and carrot top salsa verde; and white chocolate and bone marrow caramel (dubbed 'marrowmel').

Native is open for soft launch from today, with 50% off food all week.

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