Kent Barker to open second Wilding restaurant

Wilding, the restaurant, wine bar and wine shop concept from Kent Barker, is set to open a second site, located in in Salisbury, on 4 August.

The Salisbury site will join the original Wilding restaurant that opened in Oxford’s Jericho district in May, and will have a 90-cover space inside, and an expansive, restaurant-front window overlooking the 50-cover al fresco terrace on Salisbury’s pedestrianised highstreet. 

Based on the concept of ‘wilding’ - the practice of regenerating overworked land to return it to nature - and a commitment to make as little impact on the environment as possible, the Salisbury site will share the same locally-sourced menu that prioritises seasonality and local provenance as its predecessor.

Being Wiltshire-based, the Salisbury site will utilise some different suppliers to Oxford, with ingredients foraged by executive chef Dominique Goltinger and sourced locally from environmentally-responsible businesses that support Barker’s ethos.

A short distance from Barker’s Eight Stony Street venue in Frome, Somerset, Wilding Salisbury will share suppliers with its sister restaurant.

The menu's dishes will local West Country products including potato gnocchi with aubergine, Westcombe ricotta and basil pesto; stuffed young vegetable with quinoa and Rosary goats cheese, tomato sauce; and Chalk stream trout tartare with Hampshire wasabi and watercress.

Wines come courtesy of Barker and head of wine Sarah Helliwell, who celebrate sustainability and minimal intervention through their specially selected list of wines that originate from local, sustainable and passionate producers.

Helliwell has chosen 40 wines by the glass and 10 on tap, and a choice of 8 fine wines on Wilding’s enomatic dispense system. 

The restaurant intends to provide a platform for as many local products and producers as possible.

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