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An unfortunate planning situation means we have had to vacate Neal's Yard and we need your help to relocate!
An unfortunate planning situation means we have had to vacate Neal's Yard and we need your help to relocate!
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We are Native — an indigenous restaurant created by founders Imogen and Ivan through a mutual appreciation of enjoying wonderful food in a relaxed environment whilst pushing creative boundaries. Native is built upon the philosophy of sustainability and locality, with a zero-waste initiative. We first dipped our toes into the industry whilst studying at university in Brighton; initially making our own jams and chutneys to sell at farmers markets based around London and following this success, we then branched out into creating a series of pop-up restaurants up and down the country. Following this success, in February 2016 we finally settled in our first permanent site at Number 3 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, and what a journey this has been.

I hope some of you may have visited us in Neal’s Yard over the past couple of years, and have enjoyed the Native experience. We have been reviewed by numerous notable press, including Jay Rayner, Grace Dent, Time Out’s Top 20 since opening, The Observer Food Monthly Runner Up of best UK restaurant, GQ shortlisted us as Restaurant of the Year in 2018, and we have so much more to give.  

We regrettably found out earlier this month that due to an unfortunate planning issue with the local council, we are unable to continue trading at 3 Neal’s Yard. Of course this is very sad, and came as somewhat of a shock, but with every cloud there is a silver lining. We have seen this as an opportunity for us to take Native to the next level, and are very excited to announce our move to 32 Southwark Street near London Bridge. With a quick turnaround the new site will hopefully be up and running in just over two weeks on the 5th of June. This next chapter hopes to be just as successful, with the new restaurant seating a whopping 60 guests. It’s safe to say that going from a 25 to a 60 seat restaurant in such a short notice is going to be a bit of a challenge and we will need all hands on deck for the makeover. Unlike many other restaurants that may have corporate backers behind them we are independent and entirely self-sufficient. Native was initially founded and paid for entirely by ourselves along with the help of our wonderful friends and family. As we don’t have any backers to help us fund the move, this time round we need your help. 

To make this dream a reality we are asking you to support us in the new venture. All of your pledges will go towards decorating the site, purchasing cutlery, crockery, kitchen equipment, a coffee machine (something we know many of our guests will greatly appreciate), dining room furniture, etc. ... the list goes on. Lastly, and probably the most important thing that your pledges will fund is our amazing team. All 12 members of our tiny Native family have chosen to stay with us during this difficult cross over period and get stuck in to renovating the new site on a voluntary basis despite still having their own rent, bills and other outgoings to pay. We hope you will support our project and back us in any way you can. In tiny Neal’s Yard we proved that we could create incredible, award winning food in a challenging space. We now have the opportunity to move into a fully functioning kitchen, restaurant and bar, and are ready to show you what else we have in store. The sky really is the limit! 

We have tried to offer as many varied rewards as possible, and consider you all a part of our Native journey - it goes without saying that our gratitude is beyond words. If you have any questions, please do contact me and I’ll be happy to help! We’ve made a little video telling you a bit more about us and introducing you to the team, enjoy! 

Risks and challenges

With every project there are risks and challenges, not least this one with the very sudden nature of our relocation! We have showed perseverance and determination from day one in Neal's Yard and now we are even luckier to have a motivated team around us who believe in its success as much as we do! We consider each and every person who walks through our doors as an extended part of our Native family - every one shaping our experience in some way, and we are so excited to not only continue to provide the Native experience but also grow, and for you to join this journey with us!

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    A Helping Hand on our Native journey

    By offering to help our Native journey, we offer our eternal thanks, and your name forever emblazoned on our website

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    Handmade Native Truffles

    A box of handmade Native Caramelised Honey Truffles

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    #EATNATIVE Beanie Hat!

    Proudly show your support from near or far and own a very limited edition #EATNATIVE beanie hat!

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    £25 Gift Voucher

    £25 voucher that can be used at our new site, 32 Southwark Street.

    You will receive an e-voucher to the email address registered to Kickstarter within two weeks of the campaign ending.

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    Sunday Feast @ Native

    An invitation to our super special Native Family Sunday Roast! We will be serving a whole animal – Zero Waste Style, with all your favourite accompaniments and extra special Native surprises. Not to mention a super indulgent dessert! 19th August 2018

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    Launch Party Invitation!

    An invitation to our Kickstarter party! You will be treated to tastings of menu items, a
    welcome cocktail and Native rhymes all night long! The more people who pledge here the bigger the party!

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    £50 Gift Voucher

    £50 voucher that can be used at our new site, 32 Southwark Street.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 99

    Bread Making Morning!

    Spend the morning with Ivan learning how to make the famous Native Focaccia among other great breads + Native Sourdough Starter. Lunch will be provided.

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    Pledge £80 or more About US$ 105

    Lunch for 2

    A 3 course lunch menu for 2 guests at our Southwark Street site!

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    Chef's Tasting Menu for 2 People

    Enjoy our 5-Course Chefs Tasting Menu for 2 people at our Southwark Street site!

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    Pledge £125 or more About US$ 164

    Falconry & Feasting!

    Spend an afternoon learning the art of falconry with Imogen and fly the infamous Rufus the Hawk before banqueting on a game feast provided by a Native chef!

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    Native Gift Vouchers

    Don't know when you'll be able to make it down to the restaurant? No worries here are 3 x £50 gift vouchers to use as you please

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    Lunch for 4

    A 3 course lunch menu for 4 guests at our Southwark Street site!

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    Chef's Tasting Menu for 4 People

    Enjoy our 5-Course Chefs Tasting Menu for 4 people at our Southwark Street site!

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    Masterclass & Lunch at Native

    Spend a morning with Ivan & the team at Native preparing lunch, getting to see what goes in to the dishes behind the scenes before sitting down and enjoying lunch together.

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    Lunch for 6 people

    A 3 course lunch menu for 6 guests at our Southwark Street site!

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    Wild Christmas Party Time - 8 people!

    Christmas Party Time - A table for Christmas lunch during December for 8 people
    including welcome cocktail and Christmas tasting menu.

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    Bottomless Brunch - Native Style!

    Bottomless brunch for 10 people on Saturday 21st July or Saturday 25th August!

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    Wild Christmas Party Time - 10 people!

    Christmas Party Time - A table for Christmas lunch during December for 10 people
    including welcome cocktail and Christmas tasting menu.

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    Restaurant Takeover!

    You and a guest will spend the morning with head chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes creating a bespoke menu for 6 more of your friends. You will hunt for ingredients in the near by Borough Market before returning to the restaurant where you and Ivan will prepare a restaurant quality feast for your guests

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    Wild Christmas Party Time - 12 people

    Christmas Party Time - A table for Christmas lunch during December for 12 people including welcome cocktail and Christmas tasting menu and wine pairing

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    Bottomless Brunch!

    Bottomless brunch for 20 people on Saturday 21st July or Saturday 25th August!

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About US$ 3,287

    Private Dinner at Your House!

    A 3 course private dinner at your home for up to 15 people.

    Native crew will turn up and cook a bespoke meal in the comfort of your own home!

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    £5000 towards an event

    Towards a fully catered event of your choice at Native restaurant – wedding, birthday, product launch, you name it!

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    Wild Party Time!

    P.A.R.T.Y @ Native!

    Spend the night at Southwark street and party away - the Native way! .

    The full extent of our hospitality will be extended you and up to 60 friends/colleagues.

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    Wedding Breakfast - Native Style

    Offering a beautiful, rustic location in central London, you could have the first ever Native Wedding Breakfast, with a
    maximum of 60 guests.

    You will have the whole site for the evening, with welcome English
    Sparkling Wine Cocktails and a full tasting menu for all guests with the finest English wine for
    your special day!

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