Come on an enchanting THREE hour wild edible mushroom course in the New Forest. The Fates be with us as we set out stalking the ever elusive wild edible mushrooms. Such culinary fungal delights as Cep, Bolete, Ink Cap, Chanterelle, Hedgehog, Trooping Funnel Cap & more gourmet delights than you can shake a stick at … however …

Please Note: The exciting thing about edible mushroom hunting is that you never quite know what you’ll discover. Sometimes you may come home with a large glut of edible mushrooms, and at other times you may return empty handed. In Nature there are no guarantees!

John Rensten (that’s me above) lives and works in London.

In 2004, with a good friend, I opened a successful gastro pub, The Green, in Clerkenwell EC1 and soon found that I could combine my love of foraging with my enthusiasm for running a busy eatery. Actually it was the perfect excuse to get me away from the hectic side of the business and get some more peaceful time in the woods or by the coast. We started to add various foraged items to the menu. Initially I picked lots of delicious wild edible mushrooms, that having been my hobby for a few years previously, also plants like wild garlic and sorrel that I gathered each Easter in Devon and our chef used to make wild garlic mash or garlic and sorrel soup. Seabeet from Dorset was always popular too and soon we had the menu dotted with foraged treats, wild fennel, rose hips, elderberries, samphire, borage, mallow and various seaweeds.

I don’t have the pub anymore but since then, and on a daily basis, I study wild food, pick wild food, obsess about wild food and love sharing what I have learnt, running edible mushroom forays and taking groups mushroom hunting in The New Forest… I look forward to meeting you shortly…

  • Sunday, 6th October 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm
    Location: New Forest location, revealed on booking.
    Availability: FULLY BOOKED
    Cost: £40
  • Sunday, 20th October 2013 
    Time: 10am-1pm
    Location: New Forest location, revealed on booking.
    Availability: FULLY BOOKED
    Cost: £40
  • Saturday, 23rd November 2013
    Time: 10am-1pm
    Location: New Forest location, revealed on booking.
    Availability: FULLY BOOKED
    Cost: £40

What Folk Are Saying About John’s New Forest Edible Wild Mushroom Forays

“An excellent lead course, thanks to your hard work, research and your personal touch. I learnt loads and found your teaching skills exceeded my expectation, on every level. Your understanding of the subject of fungi foraging is exceptional, and obviously founded in both an academic and lustful practical relationship for the subject, such skills only achieved from dedication, practical hard work, and getting your hands dirty!” – Fraser Christian

“I would like to thank you for a very enjoyable and informative mushroom gathering trip yesterday. I found your course to be excellent. You were very careful to point out the risks of misidentification and consumption of wild fungi not only from natural toxin’s, but also from chemicals that they may have absorbed from their environment. You were not claiming to turn anyone into an expert fungi forager in a few hours but rather you equipped us with the knowledge to use field guides and other books and be able to start interpreting their often complicated descriptives with a lot more confidence. Fungi are a very interesting subject. But also, I think, a very complicated one and I shall now begin to study this subject with far greater confidence. I will also be cooking up some tasty meals as I do so.” – Nick Harris

“we had the most fantastic day with you and as one forager to another, I really enjoyed your obvious passion and enthusiasm which turns a potentially dry subject into a fun, informative day out.” – Caroline Davey