For us Londoners who grew up in rural England, the pull of the countryside is always there; for those who didn’t it can often just seem like a whole other world- one that doesn’t have a brunch spot on every corner. Well now the Gladwin brothers, (Richard, Oliver and Gregory) are bringing a slice of countryside to Battersea with the opening of their third restaurant, Nutbourne.
Taking inspiration from The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the finest estates in Cornwall, the secret oasis will be opening in Ransome’s Dock with an enviable waterside location. A 40-cover terrace will feature tree palms, festoon lighting, water troughs, lilypads and vines from the Gladwin’s family farm, Nutbourne, which is produces award -winning English wine. Live greenery, garden inspired murals, botanical prints, embroidered vegetables and jungle-themed wallpaper will all come together to continue the theme inside the 65-cover restaurant. The butchers table will have space for 14 guests and for any private parties you might want to host, then you’ll need The Cellar which has space for 25 diners.
Known for their smaller sharing plates at The Shed and Rabbit, Richard and the team will be moving away from this with a more classic all-day dining menu. Open from 8am, breakfast will include a Full English of sausages, sweet cured bacon and black pudding all made from livestock reared at Nutbourne and served with homemade sourdough brioche. Or if you want something a little lighter then there is Suffolk quinoa, chia porridge with palm syrup or trout gravalax with broad bean guacamole. Gladwin favourites will be making a return in the ‘Farm Classics’ section so you’ll find lamb chips and pan-fried goat’s cheese with walnuts, honey and thyme as well as new dishes like the BBQ Nutbourne beef burger and savoury doughnuts filled with bacon jam or trout and served with confit egg yolk.
You’ll be able to create your own beef tartar from the tartar trolley and different meats will be served on hot salt rocks which will be cooked in front of you – we’re talking about dishes such as grouse with rowan berry jelly, cheddar crumb and wood sorrel. Mains will come from the open grill and will use meat that is sourced and matured from Nutbourne and butchered at the Gladwins’ Battersea warehouse. Dishes will change regularly but expect to find veal sweet bread with mustard jus and pork chop with fennel and marjoram salsa. Still keeping up? Then Nutbourne will also have a salads, grains and pulses section available at lunch time. There’ll be a trending salad which will be joined by other dishes such as a British super grain tabbouleh made with Suffolk quinoa, cracked wheat, linseed, rainbow chard, golden grapes and Sussex herbs and an omega salad made with mackerel, dulse, roasted squash, sage, red onion jam, sprouting seeds and taramasalata dressing.
Finally a peacock blue antique Welsh dresser will act as a pudding and cake station, where afternoon tea will be served every day with puddings including royal trifle cheesecake, chocolate mousse with hazelnut sherbet, lemon tart and the Gladwins’ own take on a Magnum Vienetta parfait.
Giving a nod to the Ransome’s Dock which was known as ‘the canteen’ by those in the wine industry due to its extensive collection, Nutbourne will have 150 bins including wines from Nutbourne such as the Nutty sparkling wine. Or start your evening with seasonal cocktails made from British-produced spirits with drinks such as Berry Collins made with raspberries, sparkling wine, mint and gin.
Bringing together the countryside and English produce in a London setting, it’s a very British restaurant indeed.
Nutbourne: 29 Ransomes Dock, 35-37 Park Gate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP, www.nutbourne–