The cycle of nutrients in modern food systems is broken & unbalanced. Produce fit for human nutrition is grown at huge scale, devastating entire ecosystems, simply to be fed to animals for meat & dairy production in a wasteful & unsustainable vicious circle.
To try to bandage this open wound, chemical fertilisers & pesticides are smothered everywhere
& animals are degraded, medicated & shoved into overcrowded spaces in a bid to increase their productivity.
Ultimately, this system does not respect the planet or the delicate balance of its resources, so therefore can never be sustainable long term. It is devastating all living systems on a global scale polluting air, land & oceans and making every species involved less healthy.
WE WANT TO FORGE A DIFFERENT PATH, SOURCING PRODUCE FOR OUR RESTAURANT BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CORE VALUES:
We cook natural food, without industrial preservatives, colouring or additives all the produce we work with comes from woodland, gardens, our Partner Farmers or Fishermen.
Almost all of the fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy & meat that we serve grows naturally or is cultivated in sustainable farming, without artificial pesticides, herbicides or feed. We will always choose produce which meets these criteria, whenever we can access it.
Our target is to be champions for as local & independent an economy as possible and to offer our Customers the chance to support the cultivation of food products in their region. We work hard to source food grown as close to where we cook it as we can & to cultivate personal relationships with the people that produce it.
Our menu follows the seasons, celebrating what produce can be found throughout the year. We partner with farmers who prioritise biodiversity & working in truly sustainable ways, not just for the short-term, but to plan for the future.
Nature exists in cycles. Plants become food. Food becomes compost. Compost feeds the plants. We aim to be a part of this circular process, by using less of everything, making multiple uses of what we have & re-purposing our waste mindfully.
Plants & foods that grow wild are more diverse, nutritious & richer in minerals and micronutrients. We aim to celebrate these gifts from nature as much as possible.
We collaborate directly with producers & growers so that we can give them fairer & better recompense for their work & skills. We aim to pay our team as well as possible. We aim to price our work in such a way that all our collaborators can continue to live, work & grow with satisfaction. A farmer, a cook, a waiter or a dishwasher should have the same dignity, respect & value as any other professional.
We will always seek to question & disrupt traditional gender & race roles. We will empower our female-identifying team members to take up the space they need & to take on leadership roles. We will treat everyone with equal love and respect, no matter the colour of their skin. We have zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and misogyny of all kinds. We ask staff & guests to speak out about incidents of these in the workplace & in their daily lives & will always offer them our full support in dealing with such matters.
We experiment with traditional processes & bring ancient techniques to life, collaborating with artisan producers to bring back a taste of ‘Heritage’.
We aim to open a wider conversation about the sustainability and ethics of the food culture that surrounds us – here in our neighbourhood, with our guests and with the gastronomic community as a whole. We welcome open communication & will work to facilitate an environment in which honesty thrives.
We want to spread joy, pleasure and fun; for our guests & our team. We wish to create spaces where the best pleasures of life can be enjoyed & indulged – Friends, Food & Drink, Family and Community.
We will always search for new ideas, imagining ourselves in a constant process of growth, learning & development. We want our guests to feel & experience things for the first time in our space – whether this is tasting something ‘ordinary’ in a different way of experiencing something truly new that we have discovered through our own process.