Bristol’s walled garden restaurant The Ethicurean pops up on the John Lewis’s rooftop

Bristol’s walled garden restaurant The Ethicurean pops up on the John Lewis’s rooftop

Those who’ve been entranced by the sound of Bristol’s charming walled garden restaurant The Ethicurean, but haven’t made it over yet, will soon be able to try their menu when they pop up on the John Lewis rooftop.

It’s the latest restaurant to set up in the department store’s rooftop pop-up space, The Gardening Society.

Although famous for charmingly British food with a countryside edge - Victorian scrambled eggs, sticky toffee apple cake, etc - the restaurant will be bringing a menu with a bit more of a capital city edge.

Some of the dishes we know about so far include

  • Christmas venison pie with port stout and a cider and juniper sauce
  • The Ethicurean Welsh Rabbit (rarebit), served with a choice of star anise confit duck, hot smoked arctic char, sauerkraut & caraway seeds or Chinese leaf kimchi
  • Tandoor Spiced Cauliflower, with soft hen’s egg, smoked paprika, almond and parsley
  • Almond Milk Sorbet with honeycomb & sour cherry

They’ll also be bringing their famous sticky toffee apple cake, but giving it a London twist by way of stout, and rather wonderfully, an “inappropriate amount of cream”. It’ll definitely be the one to try, based on praise from Marina O’Loughlin from 2015 who said: “their squidgy toffee apple cake served with cinnamon cream is one of the finest desserts I’ve ever rammed into my face.”

The Ethicurean is normally found in the Victorian haven of the Barley Wood Walled Garden on Bristol’s Long Lane, and has gained loads of praise for its simple, veg-focused dishes, most of which start their life in the on-site glass house - or from similarly close by, including the “fields, forests, orchards, lakes & seas that surround [their] walled garden,” apparently.

Naturally, there’ll be drinks too, of the winter warmer variety, like Pumpkin Punch with honeyed Rooibos tea syrup, or an 8 Spices Mulled Negroni. Perfect for upping the cosy factor as your take in the wintery windswept views over London.

When: 21 October - 24 December 2017

Where: 300 Oxford St, London W1C 1DX. Opening hours are Sunday - Wednesday 12 noon to 9pm (last entry 8pm); 
Thursday - Saturday 12 noon to 11pm (last entry 10pm). Except 23rd, 24th & 30th November when the roof will close at 5pm.

How to book: book online at www.johnlewis.com/content/roof-garden

More information: Visit The John Lewis rooftop website.