The Ethicurean is founded on a sense of place. This is the idea of having a connection with the native land, its history and the community who grow food locally upon it. Our family team seek to discover harmonious pairings between the ingredients that surround the walled garden. At the Ethicurean, we are proud of our food principles. Our fantastically supportive customer base who visit all year round often concur heartily. Purveyors of entirely seasonal, local and ethical British produce, all meats are from free range livestock or wild. Our fish is responsibly sourced. We are also supporters of organic agriculture, fair trade and Rainforest Alliance. We produce natural apple juice from our unsprayed orchards. The Ethicurean strive to look for alternatives to all imported fresh produce and constantly look as close to our home for the best ingredients which are often foraged or shot a stone’s throw from our walls or grown within. Mark Cox is the gardener at Barley Wood. He is a one-man band with an incredible passion for Heritage and Heirloom vegetables. Our menu changes twice daily. Look online for an example menu.
We like wild food. We forage it, harvest it, cook it, dry it, prepare it, store it and eat it. Foraging for us started with a genuine love of the great outdoors and a passion for food, combining both turns our walks in the woods and by the seaside into childlike treasure hunts. We like to share this almost forgotten knowledge and pass it on so that hopefully foraging in the UK can be kept alive for future generations. We hold foraging courses around the UK so that you should be able to find a course near you. We meet at a venue, often a pub, where we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of foraging followed by a gentle two and a half hour walk where we will identify and talk about wild foods and have a few wild food snacks along the way. At the end of the walk we will have a light wild food lunch and answer any questions about wild foods. A list and description of everything we found will then be sent to you to remind you of the various wild plants and mushrooms we discovered on the walk.