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2 reviews

32 Southwark Street , London, SE1 1TU

Buttermilk Grouse and black pudding
Native restaurant interior

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Native’s move from Covent Garden to Southwark hasn’t diverted its kitchen from its mission of serving foraged British ingredients and game, with a zero-waste ethos wherever possible. To get a taste for the approach, order a portion of the ‘chef’s wasting snacks’, which change daily according to whichever ingredients are left over.

We loved the salty grouse tostadas, sticky-sweet bao buns with beef heart and the impressively crispy focaccia, and also the fact that diners the following evening might be served something completely different.

We were also impressed by an especially good grouse with sweetcorn and black pudding, which showcased a great mixture of tender game with a crunchy twist. We were less taken with buttermilk-fried grouse, which was claggy rather than crisp. The puddings to follow were excellent, though, including a sweet but subtle sea buckthorn and carrot curd.

Interiors reference the foraging theme with faux-derelict brick walls and industrial pipes on the ceiling, with clumps of vegetation here and there – not the most original setting, perhaps, but in keeping with the urban-rustic vibe of the menu. Throw smooth service and comforting array of drinks (such as the Native gin and tonic) into the mix and Native is a great find for a relaxing but slightly experimental dining experience.

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Native Location

32 Southwark Street , London SE1 1TU

Opening times

Tue-Sat 12.30-2pm 6-10pm

Native's Reviews


Food & Drink: 6.5


Service: 5.5


Atmosphere: 5.5


Value: 5.5


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

08 September 2017

Everything was great, from the initial welcome, the atmosphere, the service and of course the food. There was a group of 8 of us and so we ordered pretty much 2 of everything plus our own starters (scallop and chorizo) and mains (ox cheek). Both were excellent. The wasting menu is based off foods which are normally ignored by other restaurants, however Native transform these into amazing little dishes to share. The house white was a lovely pinot grigio and though the beer selection was limited, all were very tasty. We spent around £60 a head but had plenty to drink and more food than I needed, which i thought was very good value. Looking forward to going back.


Food + drink: 1

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 0

Value: 0

12 June 2016

An utter rip off. Very expensive and portions so small you need a microscope to see them. You'll spend £50 and still need a sandwich after you leave. Unbelievably pretentious, overpriced, unsatisfying.

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