Native

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Silver Award
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London, SE1 1TU ·Website ·Call020 3638 8214

SquareMeal Review of Native

Silver Award

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.

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively, Widely spaced tables
People
Dates, Special occasions

Location for Native

32 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TU

020 3638 8214

Website

Opening Times

Tue-Sat 12.30-2pm 6-10pm

Reviews of Native

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6 Reviews 
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Sue Y

30 July 2019  
Creative food and fabulous service. Catered for food intolerances with a bespoke tasting menu - great venue.

Anon

28 June 2019  
A massively underrated Gem. Excellent modern British cuisine, with fantastic staff, solid wine list and zero waste approach.

Becky C

29 March 2019  
Tasting menu was really incredible, flavours perfectly balanced and some ingredients designed to challenge your tastebuds as well as delighting them. Service incredible, smooth and friendly. Decor is beautiful!

Matt T

the best food in London for a long time
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.
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Martin C

04 May 2017  
Outstanding quality of food and a great testament to everything British. Wonderful service and attention. Great value.

Jane W

So stingy I almost walked out
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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