Tuesday- Thursday 11:00-23:00
Friday & Saturday 10:00-23:00
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- 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."
I really like the new journey through growth feast menu with the added choice of mains. There is just the right amount of food to make you feel full at the end. The only thing missing was some bread as it would have been great to use it to mop up the delicious sauces left on the plate!
The team here are doing everything just right! My Mother, Husband and I had such a pleasant first experience. The weather allowed the beautiful panoramic views to be enjoyed across our tasting menu. The extended gardens and quiet, countryside location created a sense of occasion. The freshness and magic of the ingredients combinations made the restaurant stand out from any competitor in the region... extending even to The Pig in Brockenhurst which could be deemed comparable but without such individual character and atmosphere. There was an unusually large array of wines by the glass and half-bottle/carafe. Additionally, the onsite cider barn provided a range of organic, fresh from the barrel options which was welcomed by me - a scrumpy fan! The service was unassuming, staff attentive, knowledgeable and thoroughly warm. We enjoyed a full 4 hr experience and not once were we rushed nor neglected. This review could be deemed unbalanced as there is no criticism but there really is no criticism to give!
A wonderful place with great staff and good food
Really enjoyed the tapas style new menu and the emphasis on vegetarian options.. Food delicious as always. Staff friendly and efficient. Lovely relaxed atmosphere.
Absolutely beautiful night with delicious food - I was amazed by how well catered for I was as a vegan! All of the staff were so lovely too! Thank you, look forward to the next visit!
The food was incredibly delicious - one of the best meals we've ever had! So nice to see where the fruit and veg is grown too.
The food, atmosphere, presentation and service was great. We noted your guidelines for ordering and decided to order less than the recommended amount, but we still over ordered. So I would suggest that your guidelines are very generous for a healthy appetite and perhaps half that amount for a more modest appetite. Thank you for a wonderful, inspiring and unusual meal.
We really enjoyed our lunch, but definitely over ordered( even though we ordered a bit less than was suggested on the menu!) we thought the food was really original and tasty but we were a bit dissppointed with puds- esp my husband, who had the sticky rice which he said was a bit tasteless and like eating Uncle Bens! Sorry! We also ordered the noodles but didn’t eat them as it was too much and we thought they were a bit bland( which we mentioned to the waitress) would def return- when we’ve saved up a bit!!
Delicious food in a lovely atmosphere with glorious views and charming staff.
Good interesting food in a great environment
Stunning location, delicious and innovative yet not pretentious food and amazing service. The new decor looks wonderful and the restaurant still maintains its original charm.
Absolutely excellent as always. You never cease to amaze with your provenance and flavour combinations.
Great venue and delicious food.
Amazing all round, thanks so much!
This was the best meal I and my children have ever had together. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was lovely and the service superb. My son, whose birthday it was, said in the car on the way home that it was the best night he had ever had! Thank you.
A wonderful discovery
A heavenly setting and a strong sense of being in a productive walled garden.
Food was excellent, as always. Quite a few changes since last visit - new menu approach is very good - showcasing the veg. Would be good to see a few more seafood dishes - especially mussels which are a very sustainable foodstuff. Cider was very good indeed - a perfect accompaniment. Some of the highlights were the salmon and potato starters, and the monkfish. Presentation of the dishes was delightful. I gave 3 stars for service because staff weren't especially welcoming or friendly when we first arrived, although they did warm up a bit later - maybe just a bad morning? It the kind of service i'd expect when I fill up at a petrol station, not dining in a unique and beautiful restaurant that is proud of its reputation and innovative menus. I mention it purely as constructive feedback because it's such an easy thing to get right, and can make a big impact on reviews - especially with foreign visitors who are used to a warmer style of service than is typical here.
Outstanding food and service in a wonderfully relaxed setting. Dining of the highest quality.
Absolutely blown away with the attention to detail of each dish. Every mouthful was exquisite and the garden detox drink was stunning ! Great to see such an extensive choice of food for varying tastes. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending - fantastic food in a unique setting what are you waiting for ?
Wonderful day celebrating my husband birthday. This was our first visit to this venue & it won’t be our last. Very relaxing atmosphere & high quality food, in beautiful surroundings.
We had an excellent meal of new delicious taste sensations, and vegan options with beautiful views of the sunset over the Mendips, a very memorable occasion!
Absolutely delicious food in a beautiful setting. Probably my favourite meal in the last 12 months. Especially wonderful to see the restaurant using genuinely seasonal ingredients. Can't wait to come back...
The suggested menu guide have us more food than we needed. It was difficult to know when ordering dishes how big they would be. It hindsight we would have ordered much less food and had dessert as well. The standard of food was excellent