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Glorious Twelfth: The Best Restaurants for Game Season

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As summer wanes and the autumn chill creeps ever closer, it can only mean one thing: game season is here, and it’s time to celebrate. Taste the first shoot of the season at these game-changing London restaurants…



Marylebone’s sophisticated French restaurant Orrery is serving up a ‘glorious grouse’ dish in honour of game season, accompanied by a delicious plethora of parsnips, cherries, and Banyuls jus. Delight in the appetising dish within the cleverly converted stable block, overlooking the beautiful St Marylebone Church;

45 Jermyn St, St James’

45 Jermyn St Grouse Pie

Few places ooze old-school British glamour like 45 Jermyn St. with its signature orange leather and eau de nil accents. Come game season, the restaurant steps it up a notch with a grouse and foie gras pie that hits a decadent spot you never knew you had.

Corrigan’s Mayfair

Richard Corrigan knows a thing or two about game, having grown up in Ireland catching and cooking it from a young age. His grouse pie is the stuff of legend, and his glazed duck with celeriac and endive a close second.

Native, Covent Garden

Native Game Season

Zero-waste, foraged-focused and dedicated to British wild produce, this season is the best time to visit Native. Game is shot in Yorkshire, and is thoughtfully cooked to showcase it at its best.

Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

London’s favourite Scottish restaurant specialises in wild meats, so it’s top of our list this time of year. They’ll be serving Wild Highland Grouse, and you get in the spirit of things at their new Virtual Shooting Range, found at the Devonshire Square branch.

The Game Bird, St James’

The Game Bird The Stafford

Game is the star of the show at The Stafford’s restaurant. Dishes go beyond the classics, with inventive, hearty creations such as roast grouse with game chips, bread sauce, liver on toast, pancetta and grouse sauce, and later in the season, game pithier with foie gras and game sauce.

Jidori, Covent Garden

Jidori Venison

The yakitori restaurant is fusing traditional Glorious Twelfth delicacies with Tsukune (Japanese chicken meatball skewers) for an alternative take on the celebrations. Head Chef Brett Redman will be serving up the signature skewer with the more traditional minced venison and juniper tare – not forgetting the inviting egg yolk and coriander miso dip.

The Jugged Hare

Renowned for its game dishes, gastropub The Jugged Hare is introducing a number of new dishes to the menu this grouse season, including a unique hare-infused gin. They’ll also be launching ‘Game Scholar Cards’, where diners are invited to tick off the variations of game they’ve tried to be in with the chance of winning a number of edible prizes. Get involved!

Bokan 37

Bokan Game Dish

Dine in the sky at Canary Wharf’s contemporary award-winning European restaurant and bar, Bokan 37 and indulge in a feast fit for the Glorious Twelfth with dishes such as wild Welsh pigeon and confit leg meat croquettes. You won’t go hungry.


Baluchi Grouse

For a Glorious Twelfth tasting experience with an eastern twist, head to The Lalit London’s Pan Indian restaurant Baluchi for six courses of spectacular dishes including that of clove smoked partridge, hula spiced venison, a masala game mince puff pastry pie, and grouse paired with black cabbage portal, tandoori turnip and blackberry and moilee sauce.

The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

Cinnamon Club grouse

British produce and Indian flavours have always been a delicious combination. Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant in Westminster Library serves a smashing tandoori-smoked breast of grouse with stir fried leg mince and spiced pumpkin chutney.

Roast, Borough Market

Grouse Tikka Masala

Home of the British roast, the renowned Borough Market restaurant is getting on board with the Glorious Twelfth by serving up a special Grouse Tikka Masala combined with Isle of Wight tomato pachadi and Cornish sag aloo mids. Additional game dishes – including a Kentucky Fried Pheasant – will be served as the season goes on. 

The Woodsman, Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Woodsman

Placing high emphasis on serving up quality game and delicious wild meat, Stratford-Upon-Avon’s The Woodsman is the perfect setting for game season indulgence. Menu highlights include roast wood pigeon salad, 40-day aged Hereford rump, and slow cooked and glazed roe deer shoulder served with dirty mash, celeriac and black pudding. 

Shoot It Yourself

Why not shoot your own dinner to celebrate the season? The Countess of Carnarvon gives her insiders’ guide to organising the ultimate shooting weekend and our C&TH guide to shooting explains the where’s where and the what’s what of the shooting world.

We’ve also compiled our favourite game recipes so you can make the most of the season at home:

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