We sadly have to report that we have run out of ants legs; and we therefore cannot serve our ‘Foraged Ants Legs from the New Forest’ appetiser for the remainder of this season. We are looking to see if we can source them elsewhere but I am concerned they won’t have the same texture or distinct New Forest flavour. (Apparently you can get Danish Ants which noma in Copenhagen use, but, well, Danish ants? Really?)
It has been one of our most popular starters, but the recent snow must have sent the ants underground. Apparently ants do hibernate – who knew? – so although it appears it was warm enough to mean our supplier could keep foraging until recently, he now reports there are no more for the season.
(I do hope it is the weather and not the fact that we have just eaten so many that the New Forest ant has become an endangered species? Surely not. I mean, they can mate without legs can’t they?)
Not to worry – our February menu is just around the corner, with new dishes across all three courses. Watch this space!