British Game Week, celebrating the best game on offer in the UK, runs 7th-13th November, following the start of game season in the summer. Grouse Season traditionally begins on 12th August, and is followed by partridge, deer and pheasant, with a flurry of feathers and lead followed by beautifully roasted game in restaurants the following months.
Restaurants have been adding special dishes to their menu since the beginning of the season, with things reaching a pinnacle for Game Week. If you’re on the hunt for the best dishes in the capital, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants offering just that.
The Game Bird
The clue’s in the name… This is a restaurant that sets out to achieve one aim, and gives it more than their best shot.
The restaurant, at The Stafford London, kicks into overdrive this August and throughout game season. It’s under the direction of Michelin-starred chef, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, so you can expect big flavours, familiar favourites and a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
When grouse isn’t available, give the pigeon a go!
16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ
45 Jermyn St
A Brudniski styled brilliance of banquettes, 45 Jermyn Street brings St James’s sophistication to game season each summer.
Settle into a booth and enjoy the combo of old-school-glamour-meets-modernity as you tuck into a menu of game season classics.
The Beef Wellington is a very notable alternative, though it needs ordering in advance but it’s well worth it.
45 Jermyn St., St. James’s, SW1Y 6DN
La Poule au Pot & Maggie Jones’s
Celebrating the Glorious Twelfth will be British restaurant Maggie Jones’s and Belgravia-based French restaurant La Poule au Pot. Throughout the 121-day-long grouse shooting season, they will be serving up a selection of dishes centred around the season.
Both restaurant’s will be serving up grouse with celeriac mash and red cabbage with game sauce.
Maggie Jones’s will be serving up partridge in September and pheasant in October, while La Poule au Pot’s menu will feature squab pigeon and medallions of venison throughout September. Get your tables booked early to avoid missing out on this season’s options.
A does-what-it-says-on-the-tin restaurant, Roast is specialises in roast dinners. And what could be roastier than a full-on meal of British game?
Expect the Borough Market hotspot to be serving up some brilliant game dishes.
Last year the Borough Market hotspot produced an Indian themed game dinner, let’s see if they can top that! Grouse tikka masala anyone?
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough, SE1 1TL
The restaurant, home to chef patron Richard Corrigan, doesn’t do game season by halves – it’s always an epic event looked forward to each year.
Expect some seriously noteworthy dishes to be making their way onto the menus, packed with flavour combinations you wouldn’t expect.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1K 7EH
Fenchurch at Sky Garden
Head chef Michael Carr, known for his modern British dishes driven by flavour, will be serving up two contemporary dishes this season.
Look forward to dining on guinea fowl with stuffed Roscoff onion, celeriac and brown sauce or Sladesdown duck, a Cornish red gem ‘taco’ and white peach.
It might not be grouse but it’s definitely worth trying.
1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
Dine on your favourite game dishes high in the sky at Aqua Shard.
The British-led restaurant has added a glorious game tasting menu to their offering, with the likes of pork and duck terrine with burnt apple puree, celeriac remoulade and toasted brioche; venison consommé with wild game tortellini, chestnuts and lemon rapeseed oil; and red legged grouse with apricot and vanilla marmalade, raw beetroot salad and rainbow chard, and a dark chocolate jus featuring..