Tuesday- Thursday 11:00-23:00
Friday & Saturday 10:00-23:00
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
About The Ethicurean
Welcome back to the Ethicurean restaurant, bar and kitchen. We’re reopening our doors with an exciting reinvention of our menu. Still guided by the seasons, our menu is led by the natural cycle of our garden, using ingredients that are always at their peak.
Celebrating the richness of the local soil, we pay tribute to the wonders of the plant kingdom, so from start to sweet end, the vegetable takes centre stage. And for those who crave pasture reared meat & sustainable seafood, we create dishes that perfectly compliment the vegetable led menu.
To ensure peak deliciousness, we’ve divided our year into 5 distinct seasons, each of which reflects what's best at that time of the year.
February is the season of ‘scarcity’, a time for imagination and creativity. April heralds the season of ‘growth’, when the garden begins to reveal itself for the coming year. We taste the joys of ‘fruiting’ in June, whilst ‘harvest’ starts to show its riches some time in September (weather depending). The ‘festive’ season begins in November and comes to a close with our annual January Wassail.
For those who’ve been our guests previously, welcome back. And for those who are new to the Ethicurean, we look forward to meeting you.
" The Ethicurean restaurant is set in the enchanting Barley Wood Walled Garden, a perfectly restored Victorian kitchen garden, bursting with fertile life. But far from your usual garden cafe fare, gardener Mark Cox sends his produce to the restaurant in the delightfully scuffed former glasshouse to be made by the team into some of the most delicious, innovative, vegetable-focused cuisine in the land."
Felt that some of dishes were over complicated. Main course of mushroom and chestnut barley was rather bland. Starter of beetroot was lovely but expensive. Didn’t really need the German sausage. Has a fantastic meal here in the summer, but feel it has slipped a bit.
Lovely food and venue, normally v good but was let down a bit by service on this occasion but probably just a one off.
I love you’re ethos. The starter on Wednesday, squash with miso cream was sublime, main course of barley risotto absolutely delicious. Perfect seasoning , perfectly cooked sides, such interesting menu. Staff always so helpful and friendly. I am a nutritionist and very keen cook and have just completed the vegan chef diploma at Demuths, so I am always intrigued to taste your food! This was my second time in 2 months, it is now most definitely my go - to special lunch spot.
Delicious food, great service, lovely place!
Excellent meal and service. Food was delicious and the setting was absolutely beautiful. Thank you to all the staff for being so accommodating with some complicated dietary requirements!
All staff welcoming, friendly and helpful answering any questions about the menu knowledgeably. Did feel prices were on the high side but we really enjoyed all that we had and I’m sure will return. Thank you for offering a more unusual menu
Amazing staff and a friendly atmosphere. Also love the changing menus that cater for all needs. My father and mother both 88yrs found wandering round the gardens a refreshing time. Thankyou xx
We have really enjoyed going to the Ethicurean in the past and have eaten there a number of times. We took our sons there for a birthday celebration yesterday. As usual the staff were lovely and the atmosphere warm and friendly. However this time the food was really very disappointing. It looked and sounded interesting but was either bland, over-seasoned with vinegar or just plain unappetising. Has there been a change of chef?
Simply superb. Thank you so much.
Cold day and everyone huddled around the wood burner. Delicious food and lovely views. Will return in the summer
Beautiful place but the food was very disappointing, weird flavour combinations and certain dishes barely edible! would return for coffee but not food!
It’s a tricky set-up as the glasshouses don’t lend themselves to quiet dining: for those of us with hearing difficulties it can be challenging at busy times and it’s a bit cool if you’re sat close to the windows during the autumn months. However, the setting is fabulous and the food a revelation each time, if a luxury one in terms of cost. We are lucky enough to be local so return when we can to enjoy a very special experience.
The food at Ethicurean is really wonderful - fresh with real depth of flavour, beautifully prepared and presented. The miso ice cream (which I have never tried before) was incredibly delicious! The atmosphere is lovely - cosy and unique without being stuffy, with beautiful views of the walled garden and beyond. My only critique is that it was quite cold - make sure to take a jumper!
Oddly we weren’t allowed to eat what we wanted!! I wanted the set menu and my friend wanted the a la carte but that apparently wasn’t allowed. So my friend had to have something different to what she wanted. And there was me thinking the customer is always right!
Having informed you that i was bring a vegan for their birthday i was a little disappointed that i was told that there was a limited menu and being told what should we expect at this time of year from the garden. The previous occasions i have visited we much better. Even in the early season. The area without the woodburner was also rather cold
The service took a long time to get going, but once it was going the meal was super. We were silly and thought that still water was tap water. Perhaps it might be a good idea to check with people what they mean.
Excellent food with excellent views. The squash dish was the highlight!
The service was very nice indeed thank you. The duck starter was delicious and the affogato the same. I thought that the barley risotto was not my favourite thing to have eaten with you.
We have been waiting to visit for such a long time and it didn't disappoint. The service was incredible, laid back but very attentive, the perfect mix. The food was great and they ensured I knew what I could and couldn't have with gluten intolerance. Thank you thank you! Wonderful and very special day on a crisp November afternoon!
We enjoyed my daughter in laws birthday celebration. The service was excellent, and the food a discovery of tastes and textures. However if you sat by the window in the main part of the restaurant it was cold. Could more heating be installed?
I was really looking forward to coming here, however went away underwhelmed. I am vegan so I love veg, the crowned prince starter was lovely as for the mains and pudding it was average at best. The side of kale was tough not well cooked. I could go on but will leave it there needless to say we will not be going back and we would not recommend. The service was excellent the restaurant is beautiful with lovely views and garden.
We had a lovely lunch here. The food was beautifully fresh and well cooked. The service was very good and the restaurant itself is comfortable, attractive and in a beautiful setting. The only let down we had was the dessert, what we had bore little resemblance to the menu - a plum custard very short on plums, when we queried it we were told that plums are running short at this time of year - in which case probably best to take it off the menu! BUT overall a lovely time was had be all.
We had an incredible culinary experience at the Ethicurean for my mum’s 70th birthday. The food was wonderful, atmosphere lovely with the gorgeous view, service impeccable and good value too. We will definitely be coming back!
Beetroot starter was perfect. Two of us had duck to follow which was very delicious, but the pork dish recipient was very disappointed with his as it mostly consisted of fat. He said that he had about two mouthfuls of meat only - making them very expensive two mouthfuls. Did not have any desserts. Pleasant and helpful staff, rather long wait for the food. White wine suggestion for the future: maybe a Picpoul, or Cotes de Gascoine, or Sauvignon Blanc?? Location and views are outstanding. Great fresh vegetables.
Even though it was a very rainy day we still thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Ethicurean - the food was fantastic, the ambience and space was very nice and warm to be in, and the service was great. I have some dietary restrictions to which they were able to accommodate happily. I had been wanting to come for a while and we were not disappointed. The whole ethos is fantastic and delivered well throughout. We will definitely be coming back soon. Thank you