A new year, a new beginning, a phrase we’re all sure to be bored of by the end of the first week of January. There is one new beginning that we are definitely interested in though, The Stafford’s. In early 2017 they will be relaunching their restaurant under Executive Chef James Durrant.
Recently appointed at The Stafford, James has over 20 years’ experience at Michelin-starred restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road and Claridge’s. He opened The Plough Inn in Longparish in 2010 and then having been awarded a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand, his main course was chosen for the banquet on BBC 2’s Great British Menu 2014.
The Game Bird will be championing Great British ingredients from Clarence Court eggs to Salt Marsh mutton and Lincolnshire smoked eels. Pies, puddings and stews will all feature on the menu with the likes of steak and ale steamed suet pudding on the menu and Sunday roasts with all the trimming. Of course, you couldn’t have a restaurant called The Game Bird without game – false advertising and all that – so you’ll find roast grouse with bread sauce and game chips, Rhug estate fallow deer tartar with quail egg, Worcestershire sauce and charcoal mayonnaise and wood pigeon pot au feu and game pie with port and shortcrust pastry. For oyster fans you’ll find Jersey, Colchester, Dungarvan, Lindisfarne and West Mersea or go all out with Oscietra and Keta caviar.
Getting a new look for 2017, the restaurant will undergo an extensive redesign to show off the seventeenth century features of the building. It’ll also feature glass, marble, brightly coloured velvets, natural leather tones and traditional wood panelling.
The name doesn’t just refer to the dishes though, it’s also a cheeky nod to Nancy Wake, an eccentric female spy who spent her final years at The Stafford and was often seen at the American Bar during the Second World War.
Forget the whole new year, new you – you’re already great, think about new restaurants instead.
The Game Bird: Opens early 2017, 16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ, www.thestaffordlondon.com