Mike Robinson has announced he will open the Woodsman restaurant in Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon, in spring 2019.
The co-owner of the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in Fulham has said the restaurant, which sits within the 15th-century building, will showcase his passion for British produce and sustainable wild food.
Robinson will take the position of executive chef working with head chef Jon Coates. A wood-fired oven and charcoal grill will be a focal point of the restaurant allowing diners to watch the chefs prepare British deer, wild boar, beef and Hebridean lamb.
Signature dishes will include Cotswold fallow deer pavé and ‘suet pudding’ peppercorn sauce, as well as slow-cooked and glazed shoulder of roe deer, Vicars smoked bacon, caramelised turnips and black pudding with smoked bone marrow.
Coates said: “I wanted to design a menu and service style that creates an atmosphere I would want to experience myself. I’m excited to return to a traditional, rustic style of cooking that creates hearty dishes that bring people together.”
The Woodsman will also house an on-site butchery and all deer will be directly sourced from Robinson’s venison business, Robinson Wild Food.
The restaurant will incorporate a tapestried feasting room with long central table and butcher’s blocks, allowing whole carcasses to be served in front of guests.
Robinson and Coates will also oversee the Falcon, the hotel’s tearoom, which is set to open in April 2019.