Just a short walk away on Micklegate is the ‘The Rattle Owl’, a casual dining restaurant set in a beautifully restored Grade II listed building. Offering an artisan menu built around seasonal and local produce, The Rattle Owl is a celebration of both Yorkshire culture and cuisine.
In creating their seasonal menu, not only do their chefs make use of foraged wild ingredients like Sweet Cicely, Wild Garlic and Rowan berries for their artisan creations, but they source their produce from local growers and independents such as Brunswick Organic Nursery.
Brunswick is a pioneering York charity that supports individuals with learning difficulties by helping them hone skills in gardening, growing and crafting. In selling their beautiful seasonal produce, the Brunswick are able keep their services running, so it’s heartening to see local York restaurants supporting a company with such a laudable ethos.
For those of you inspired by the work of our local independents and looking to broaden your own culinary horizons, you’ll be happy to find yourself perfectly placed right here in York. As well as dining at innovative wild food restaurants, we’re home to individuals who are passionate about spreading an understanding to the natural produce and wild botanicals that grow here in the UK.
For a well-rounded beginners introduction to foraging and plant identification, ‘Wild Harvest’ is an ideal port of call. Though Wild Harvest, founder Di pioneers a ‘school of self-reliance’ that aims to both empower and equip you with traditional outdoor skills from bushcraft to archery. Her two-hour long foraging courses take place in the centre of York, beginning from Skeldergate Bridge near St George’s field and leading participants through the city to highlight the edible herbs, leaves, berries and fruits you can find even in urban areas. With a straightforward route suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, the course is suited to all ages and abilities and is as charming as it is informative.