News Bite: The Ethicurean to close
Published 27 June 2023

Credit: The Ethicurean, Wrington, Somerset

Set in a restored glasshouse in the walled garden of Barley Wood, Wrington, The Ethicurean will shut its garden gate after 13 years. The pioneering farm-to-fork restaurant near Bristol has been Good Food Guide recommended since 2014 and closes in October.

Matt Pennington who co-owns the business with head chef Mark McCabe, told The Good Food Guide Weekly that the prospect of staring at next winter had led to the decision not to renew the lease. But he is not ‘sewing up the brand entirely’, hinting at plans for educational projects, and a possible second book. And Mark is ‘keen to embrace some exciting new projects’, he added.

The Ethicurean, Wrington, Somerset
Credit: The Ethicurean, Wrington, Somerset

Acknowledging the vital support of countless people who ‘have shared our vision for a gentle footprint on our planet, and responsible practices’, he told Weekly: ‘I think we've inspired people to think about how they interact with produce, and the importance of the social, human gathering around food.’