The Norwich restaurant & bar is reopening with a drive towards sustainability and locality
Daniel Farrow, owner of The Gatherers bar and restaurant in Norwich says the restaurant will reopen its beer garden on April 12th, serving exclusively BBQ food and from May 17th, will open for indoor dining with a new menu focused on sustainability and locality. The beer garden has undergone a major refurbishment, ready for the Spring Summer season.
The Gatherers received hundreds of bookings as soon as it was announced the restaurant could reopen in April, and bookings have continued to come in consistently since. During lockdown, Daniel launched a YouTube channel which has received almost 250,000 views in its first month and has also been working on his debut cook book. He also launched ‘Vish & Chips’ takeaway from The Gatherers, a plant-based version of your favourite chippy dishes, which has gone down well with locals. Daniel says:
‘Here at The Gatherers, we are particularly focused on sustainable agriculture and dining. This is reflected on our menu and the food on your plate. Almost the entirety of our produce is sourced from Norfolk with the only odd product from further afield and the odd thing like the salt we use from the UK.
All of our vegetables are from Norfolk, from the flour we use in our pastas and breads, the spelt for our farrotto risottos, Norfolk produce is at the heart of everything we make. We grow our own herbs and we’re even looking into purchasing land to grow many of our own vegetables.’
The local community is close to Daniel’s heart, and he has been reaching out to community farm projects to support by offering training and placements for young chefs in the area. The plan is to offer talks on sustainable agriculture to local students, to give guidance to local up-and-coming chefs. Norfolk is famous for its agriculture and with The Gatherers current drive towards being a more sustainable business, Daniel wants to help the local people, land, and wider environment. He says:
‘It’s important to not only shout about what we’re doing, but to make people aware of the easy changes they can do to support our local area. This extends to ambitious young chefs and foodies, educating them so they can carry it on and reach further afield than just Norfolk.
We’re also launching a fund named The Gatherers Community Fund, which will donate to community projects aimed at sustainability, education and agricultural support.’
Not one to stay put for long, Daniel has also been working on a short 30-minute documentary to be released in May, exploring The Gatherers relationship with suppliers and growers across Norfolk. This will be released on their website and YouTube channel.