Native is the first restaurant venture of Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis. Following a series of pop-ups and street food markets, Ivan and Imogen settled into their first permanent site in Neal’s Yard in 2016, before relocating to London Bridge in July 2018 following a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Entirely self-taught, Ivan has completed stages at The River Cottage, and more recently at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns, honing his skills and developing his enthusiasm for natural, foraged and seasonal produce. Despite a long-held love of food, Ivan did not consider a career in the industry until his parents left London and he was forced to spend a summer in the countryside, where he quickly gained an appreciation for Britain’s wild produce; the joy of giving people happiness through food persuaded Ivan to turn his passion into his livelihood.
Having grown up in rural Northamptonshire, Imogen has always had an affinity with nature. As a born hunter-gatherer, she mastered the arts of foraging, plucking and skinning with ease, from an early age. Imogen’s incredible palate for Britain’s wild food has been widely recognised, notably having been named as one of Grace Dent’s ’10 people to watch in the food industry’ in 2017.
Native champions British wild produce with a foraged focused menu led by Ivan. Ivan, Imogen and the team are dedicated to maintaining a zero waste kitchen and work hard to cook only using sustainable meat and seafood from start to finish with the daily changing menu dependent on what is available.