Award-winning Bristol restaurant announces closure after 13 years

The restaurant is in a unique location and grows its own produce
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A Bristol restaurant that appears in the prestigious Michelin Guide is to close its doors after 13 years.

The Ethicurean at Barley Wood Garden, Wrington, opened in 2010 and quickly gained a national reputation for its food and commitment to growing its own produce.

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From the outset, the team’s dedication to ethical practices set them apart, having been awarded a Michelin Green star in 2021 and a several other industry awards for their commitment to sustainability.

But with co-owner Matthew Pennington now based in Scotland and chef-owner Mark McCabe working on new projects, the Ethicurean team agreed that time is right to let go of their unique walled garden venue set within in the Mendip hills.

The closure is planned for October 2023 and the owners have announced it early so customers can enjoy ‘final’ meals there until then.

The Ethicurean also has a host of events planned for one long summer party, details of which will be announced soon.

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Matthew Pennington says: “What a decade and a bit it has been! We are beyond grateful to each and every one of our gorgeous customers for their loyalty, friendship and support over the years. It has been an incredible journey and an overwhelmingly enjoyable one.

“To our staff, past and present, all wonderful characters, you helped to shape the restaurant and make it the very warm and welcoming place it is and enabled us to bring our vision to life for customers - thank you.”

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