Frequently on our menu, gorse is an evergreen shrub commonly found across the UK. We love it for it's sweet coconutty flavour and regularly include it on our soft drink's pairing or as a garnish on our tasting menu.
Jack by the Hedge
Jack by the Hedge, also known as Garlic Mustard is an abundant hedgerow herb at it's best in early spring with a slightly bitter, garlicky flavour. It is such a versatile leaf and it regularly makes an appearance in the restaurant.
A strong favourite here at Robin Wylde, Pine, a member of the conifer family with a tannic, green appley, citrus like flavour. Almost always on our menu in some form.
Herb Robert, found in the woodlands and shady hedgerows is often used medicinally due to it's plethora of health benefits. But, it makes a beautiful garnish, often sneaking its way onto our menu, with its and pretty delicate leaves and subtle spicy flavour.
Meadowsweet is a sweet perennial herb that is commonly found in UK hedgerows. With beautiful white blossoms that burst out in June and a sweet vanilla like flavour it's definitely one of the wild foods we look forward to most each year.
Stitchwort is a flowering perennial. It has a mild flavour and stunning little white flowers, making it the perfect garnish!
Black Mustard is a delicious late Spring, early Summer herb. It has a strong mustardy flavour, one that reminds us of wasabi and has lovely yellow flowers which work as the perfect garnish.
Ground Ivy is a common evergreen, often found in woodlands and hedgerows. It has a delicious herbal flavour reminiscent of mint and sage.
Woodruff is one of our favourite foragables at both Robin Wylde and Lilac. A member of the bedstraws family with a delicious flavour like vanilla and hay.
Pineapple weed is a plant that loves bad soil and as a result is super common. What we love about this plant is it's delicious, exotic pineapple flavour that almost seems wrong to exist in a plant so widespread in the UK.
Alexanders are a member of the ever-scary umbellifer family. They're distinguished by their yellow flowers and celery like smell. They grow commonly along the coast line and have a very strong aromatic, bitter flavour.
Rock Samphire, sometimes referred to as fennel of the sea due to its highly aromatic, fennel like flavour. Its a succulent plant that looks like little antlers, makes a great pickle or garnish!
A succulent woodland, hedgerow dweller with beautiful rounded leaves. Their mild taste make them the perfect little garnish or salad flourish.
Possibly one of the more recognisable plants on this list, grows abundantly across the UK. You'd be hard pressed not to find nettles near you- yet such a delicious ingredient!
A common garden flower, also found wild among the hedgerows. The petals have a beautiful floral flavour and the rosehips are often boasted as a super food.
Another, widely recognisable one! Dandelions, bright yellow flowers, grow everywhere and are often dug up for being an annoying weed but have many edible (and delicious!) features.
Elderflower is a British favourite and it's white flowers decorate hedgerows and parks in the early summer. It makes a beautifully refreshing summer drink.