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A Short Film of our Wassail


Our wassail this year was a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone that wrapped up and came to visit us. We think this was our best Wassail yet, the proof will be in this years crop….

Luckily filmaker Mark Whatmore was on hand to film the whole event. Here is snapshot of our evening of food and ritual along with an excellent recipe on the Guardian Website. 

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On Holidays



We are now closed for our annual holiday and will be re-opening on Tuesday 21st January. A gert big thank you to all of our customers for their support over the last year.

We look forward to seeing you all, old and new, very soon.

Toodle pip,

The Ethicurean Family.

Who’s Here to Wassail?!- 2014



After restoring this annual tradition at Barley Wood four years ago, 2013 saw a bumper crop of apples spring from our two orchards. This has to be due to the incredible Wassail last year! On Saturday 11th January join us to bless the orchards, feed the robin and drive away the evil spirits that could harm our trees. With performances by the Barley Wood Mummers and Pip’s Human Jukebox. Award winning cocktails and Somerset cider.

Evening Tickets £5

Supper tickets- £40

To book tickets please call 01934863713 or email us at

Evening tickets

7.30pm- 9.30pm- Acoustic music in the Vinehouse Bar

9.30pm- Wassail Ceremony and Mummers Play

10.30pm til late- Pip’s Human Jukebox in the Glasshouse

Wassail Supper tickets

Doors open at 6.30pm with a welcome mulled cider, Supper will be served at 7pm prompt, stragglers will be frowned upon.

 Cheddar & cider Welsh rabbit (rarebit). Gert salad.


Beetroot carpaccio. Honey walnut, winter leaves & star anise sherbet. (vg)


12 hour pork belly, fondant potato, cavolo nero, pickled apple & mushroom, chipotle crackling salt.


Mushroom & English truffle bread pudding, cavolo nero, lacto fermented summer marrow & mace crumb.


Toffee apple Wassail cake and cinnamon cream


Pear, almond and cardamom cake with double cream. (Gluten Free)

Dress Code

The Flora and Fauna of our Orchards or imagine if our apple varieties were people? How would they dress? Ashmeads Kernel, Blenheim Orange, Golden Knob (behave!), Cheddar Cross, Old Somerset Russet, James Grieve, Laxtons Epicure….

Dress warm and waterproof and bring a torch!

Parking Information

Parking will be at David James at Barley Wood Stables, this is a matter of meters from The Ethicurean. Please bring a torch to guide your way!

Wassail 2014 pic


BBC Radio 4′s Food Programme and The Ethicurean Cookbook


Cookery Books of 2013.

Ahead of the Christmas shopping season Sheila Dillon reviews this year’s best cook books. Sheila is joined by comedian Stephen K Amos and food writers Catherine Phipps and Fiona Beckett.

We were interviewed along with authors Tim Hayward responsible for the brilliant ‘Food DIY’  and Maria Elia who wrote ‘Smashing Plates’. To listen again click on the picture below.

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The Ethicurean Win Young British Foodie of the Year


About the YBF’s

“They’re the people putting food and drink back at the heart of our communities. They’re the men and women using lost arts and new skills to bring craft back to the kitchen…..Perhaps more importantly, they’re the people who’ve come to represent the best of British innovation and entrepreneurship in a struggling economy.”

Matthew and Jack were both nominated for Young British Foodie of the Year in spring of this year. Matthew in the food category and Jack in the alcohol. They made it through the heats and into the final which took place for Matthew in Viajante, Bethnal Green and 69 Colebroke Row bar in Islington for Jack. The food final saw a whole host of talented chefs cook for judges Nuno Mendes and Marina O’Loughlin. The alcohol final was judged by Tony Conigliaro and his bar team.

Here was Matthew’s entry:

Cured venison violin, carrot & garden leaves.

Rocket, chard, parsley, liquorice shallot, walnut, black cardamom carrot, anise white carrot, juniper jelly, wood sorrel, cobnut & lacto-ferment carrot juice.

 paired with- Fermented juniper ‘Smreka’ drink.


Gloucester Old Spot pork belly.

Potato, buttered sea aster, pickled Bramley, beer pickled shiitake, coriander cabbage, nasturtium & chipotle crackling salt.

 Paired with- The Gardeners Old Fashioned cocktail. Bottled.

Matthew put together his dish in front of the judges and the other finalists. He foraged the majority of the ingredients with Iain, gardener Mark Cox grew the rest at Barley Wood and Jack shot the roe buck in Somerset. He served the pork dish with a bottle of Jack’s cocktail. A pairing that has been reviewed by drinks writer Fiona Beckett here.

Here was Jack’s entry:

The Gardeners Old Fashioned cocktail. 

Burnt Somerset oak, Somerset Cider Brandy, chipotle tincture, vanilla, bitters, toffee apple cake syrup.

This drink was based on the classic ‘Old Fashioned’ normally made up of brandy or whisky, bitters and a citrus twist. Jack made is own version that had its own ‘Sense of Place’ in Somerset. He roasted seasoned oak chips until they began to char and then added them to Julian Temperley’s 3 year Somerset Cider Brandy. He then added drops of vanilla tincture to simulate the flavour that comes when Bourbon is matured in American oak. Chipotle tincture brought a heat that created a greater sense of strength and smoke that alluded to an Islay whisky with the peat flavour of Laphroaig. The drink was sweetened with a mixture of caramel and apple juice in the form of a syrup that is normally served with our Sticky Toffee Apple Cake.

Despite Tony Conigliaro’s Poker face during the competition the judges awarded Jack first place and The Ethicurean won the alcohol category. Matthew came second to Giles Clark of Koya in Soho. Well done to everyone that entered the competition, it was brilliant fun.

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Somerset Day of the Dead- Saturday 2nd November


Inspired by our Mexican partner in food crime Paûla Zarate (one-fourth of The Ethicurean) we have drawn together an evening of un-rivalled excellence. We shall lay on a Mexican feast (no burritos, they are not Mexican). We have written a cocktail list for the occasion and will be mulling a Mole spiced cider. Our world-famous Somerset Cabaret returns and The Barley Wood Mummers’ will be performing their newest play, ‘Albert and Anne’. We have teamed up, once again, with Jim and Leah Parkyn of Aardman fame who are building something dark and death-like.

 The Feast

Tacos al Pastor 

Lancashire Quesadillas. Vegetarian.


Pheasant Mole

Vegetable Mole. Vegetarian  


Pan de Muertos 

 We welcome you all to bring photos and messages for your loved ones and friends who have died. We will have bright altars (Ofrenda) to remember them and we will eat and drink to their memories.

As with all of our seasonal celebrations expect unpolished performances that communicate the messy business of life with a Somerset backdrop to rival the Minack Theatre…

Tickets are £40 for the feast, cabaret and play and doors open at 6pm.

Cabaret and Play tickets are £8 and doors open at 9pm.

Dress code inspiration:

The cabaret begins at 9.30pm prompt.

Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 15th October.

For more details call 01934 863 713.

The Ethicureans.

The Ethicureans.

The Barley Wood Mummers

The Barley Wood Mummers. Summer Solstice.

The Ethicurean Summer Solstice




Following on from our sell out Wassail on January 12th 2013 that included cockle warming food and performances by the Barley Wood Mummers and the wondrous Lori Campbell.

The Ethicurean is proud to present their Summer Solstice.

 Full price tickets include:

A Solstice Feast

Menu to be announced. 

A Somerset Cabaret

Imagine if the Wurzels ran the Moulin Rouge for one night and then condensed it into 10 minutes.

-The Story of the Three Strawboys-

The Barley Wood Mummers will be performing once again after the sell out Wassail in January. This performing troupe are made up of a collection of staff and friends of The Ethicurean. They are joined this Summer by the creative minds of Jim and Leah Parkyn. Jim is a model maker and animator and has made everything from Pirates beards and fish lips to hundreds of Gromits’ for Aardman. As with all of our seasonal celebrations expect unpolished performances that communicate the messy business of life with a Somerset backdrop to rival the Minack Theatre…

 2nd Drop Records’ Mark Gurney spinning records to the wee hours

As co-owner of the 5-year old critically acclaimed bass/ electronic music label,  2nd Drop Records, Mark Gurney has released records from a range of underground heroes to up and coming pop stars – from Pearson Sound to Jamie Woon.  April 2013 saw the launch of Djrum’s debut album “Seven Lies” to widespread rave reviews from Mixmag, DJ, Crack and Clash Magazines.

The label receives DJ support from the likes of Jamie XX, Diplo, Ghostpoet, DJ Yoda, Rob Da Bank, Gilles Peterson, Gold Panda, Maya Jane Coles, Skream and many more!

Mark is also a music consultant, journalist and education consultant.2nd Drop Records celebrates it’s 6th birthday at Fabric, London on 19th July with Djrum, Randomer, Pedestrian, Onoe Caponoe and Markle.
For more information, please check the sites below:

Dress code

The Grande old estate of Barley Wood has fallen into disrepute as the Lords, Ladies, milk maids, grooms and matrons have taken to the woods for a Knees up with nature. Imagine what they would wear and then wear it.  

 Doors open at 8.30pm for evening ticket holders- £12


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