We ate at The Ethicurean almost a month ago so this review has been quite a while in the making. This is because every time I’ve sat down to write it, I’ve been rushed and not able to give it the care it deserves. Hands down, The Ethicurean is one of the best places I’ve ever eaten in my life.
The experience was steeped in romance – it was a surprise visit, coupled with the new Ethicurean cookbook which was presented to me by my other half only once we were sat down in the beautifully rustic restaurant. With all of this in mind, you could say I’m typing on a rose tinted keyboard. But honestly, I don’t think so. And fantastic reviews by The Guardian and Foodie Bugle back me up!
‘Ethicurean’ adj. ‘the pursuit of fine-tasting food whilst being mindful of the effect of one’s food production and consumption on the environment’
The name of the restaurant sums up their whole ethos perfectly. Housed within the picturesque victorian Barley Wood walled garden with a vista of rolling hills, this place is run by a small team of family / friends. The menus are small, incredibly seasonal and change daily, showcasing the produce grown around them. Tucked away in a crumbly old greenhouse, adjacent to artists studios, this place feels magical, secret and special.
For pudding we shared the milk stout & chocolate steamed pudding, milk stout chocolate sauce & double cream and the British artisan cheese course. Obviously we paid for all 3 of the cheeses on offer. These were all locally sourced; a mature cheddar, a ewes milk cheese and my favourite – a soft and creamy dorset blue, and came with a sharp piccalili and a deliciously rich apple & cumin chutney.
Before we left, we took a long walk around the grounds and stopped in the ‘honesty shed’ to grab some things for the next few days dinners and we even watched our rainbow chard being picked. We hardly had any cash on us otherwise we’d have bought everything in sight because the quality of the produce was stunning! In summary, this place blew us away in both its beauty and the tastes. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a special meal. Price wise, I felt it was reasonable at around £40 – £50 a head including drinks.