The Elder In Bath Champions Venison on the Menu!

As venison comes back into fashion with a main course win by Lisa Goodwin-Allen on Great British Menu we look at The Elder in Bath – the new restaurant by game aficionado Mike Robinson.

The Elder champions ‘wild food’ – a growing trend on menus in the UK – and is able to do so because of Robinson’s 20-year love affair with all things game.

The journey started back with opening of The Pot Kiln in Berkshire and continued as he co-founded The Harwood Arms in London – the longest running pub with a star in the capital.

Following the opening of The Woodsman in Stratford, Robinson crowned his achievements by opening The Elder within The Indigo Hotel in Bath which is situated on the famous Georgian South Parade.

Robinson said:

“We start our food story with our producers: We use only ethical, sustainable producers from as local an area as possible. We know the farmers, the foragers and the fishermen. Our own Huntsman manages wild deer over large estates within 40 miles, and all our venison is processed at our own larder. We even have our own kitchen garden, curated by our chefs.

“Our philosophy at the Elder is one of sustainability, with a focus on wild food, carefully harvested from land that has been managed for thousands of years. Our menus are a celebration of real seasonality – we only cook what is seasonal and local.

“The Elder is a reflection of the stunning landscape, wildlife and agriculture surrounding the ancient city of Bath. Simple, honest flavours, carefully cooked, combined with true hospitality from our charming and knowledgeable staff give the diner a really memorable experience.”

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