A NEW era is beginning for a former Michelin Star restaurant in Worcestershire and the doors are set to open next month. 

Owners of Native, a zero-waste restaurant focusing on sustainable produce, will be moving to Tenbury Wells after they revealed a move into the former Michelin Star restaurant Pensons.

Pensons, at The Netherwood Estate, closed its doors after dinner service on December 22.

Chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes and business partner Imogen Davis are behind the Native restaurant brand and will introduce a hyper-sustainable menu.

The duo will use Worcestershire's countryside to forage and grow its garden kitchen, which will then be delivered onto its visitor's plates.

A spokesperson for Native said: "The next chapter in the Native journey sees us head to the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, enabling us to forage and grow our own in the kitchen garden.

"Here, Native will engage profoundly in how local landscape can dictate wonderfully seasonal menus and push our boundaries of creativity. 

"We are thrilled to announce our latest restaurant opening, Native at Pensons, in Worcestershire.

"Our new restaurant with rooms offers an immersive dining experience designed to give you a true taste of what is flourishing in the fields, forests and gardens at Pensons Farm."

A spokesperson for Pensons said they are delighted to welcome the team from Native.

It added: "We carefully considered which direction to take after closing our doors at Christmas 2023, but instantly recognised that the Native team is a perfect fit to take on the Pensons legacy.

"Inevitably, and quite rightly, they will bring their own magic to Pensons. We wish them every success as they open Native at Pensons, their first countryside restaurant.

"Thank you for all your support and friendship over the last five years. We’d love you to give the same encouragement to the Native at Pensons team as they start their Pensons journey.

Native will open in Pensions on Wednesday, May 22, and bookings are live. 

Pensons was the county's only permanent Michelin-starred restaurant, though Carters of Mosely has opened a temporary restaurant in Offenham, near Evesham, until December.