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Glorious Twelfth: The Best Restaurants for Game Season

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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.

Where to Celebrate Grouse Season in London




On Sunday 18th November, game season will be joyously celebrated in an epic feast at Trullo on London’s St Paul’s Road. The menu, which has a classic Padella/Trullo twist, will feature plates including Chicken Liver and Green Fig Jam Crostini, Mallard Arancini, Roast Partridge with Casteluccio Lentils, and Pappardelle with Grouse Ragu. Make the most of the distinctly sublime flavours game season has to offer and book your spot at the feast of the season. Tickets on sale from October 3, £40 PP,

‘Wild Pasta’ at The Ninth


From October 15th, Chef Jun Tanaka will introduce a new ‘Wild Pasta’ menu to his Michelin-star restaurant in Fitzrovia, The Ninth. Perfectly in time for game season, the menu has a British game and wild mushroom focus with dishes such as orecchiette, ceps, tarragon and egg yolk, and venison tortellini, bone marrow, wet walnuts and Belper Knolle, all at very reasonable prices. The food is all absolutely premium and showcases some of Chef Jun’s favourite ingredients. Open from Monday – Saturday, book your table now for a game-themed taste sensation in the form of the ‘Wild Pasta’ menu!

South Place Chop House

South Place Hotel

This Wednesday, celebrate grouse season in style at South Place Hotel’s Chop House with a one-off Game Feast. After being welcomed with chilled Champagne, guests will enjoy an immersive evening at head chef Guy Betteridge’s table with a three-course menu, and learn about sourcing local produce and how to season and cook grouse at home. Get your tickets now for an evening of authentic British produce, inspiring tips and tricks and a glorious game feast. Tickets £45,

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.

The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

British produce and Indian flavours have always been a delicious combination. Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant in Westminster Library serves a smashing tandoor-smoked breast of grouse with bitter fenugreek, corn stir-fry and a tamarind-cumin jus.

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.

Benares, Mayfair

Traditional game birds are given an Indian street food shake-up in Benares’ week-long special menu, resulting in the rich flavours of grilled guinea fowl seekh kebab and piquillo pepper ketchup, and wood pigeon pepper fry with malabar paratha – each paired with a specially-crafted whiskey cocktail. Make sure to try the Game Pie made with wood pigeon and served with garam masala game jus in the main restaurant, too.

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 pithivier with foie gras and game sauce.

Mac & Wild

London’s favourite Scottish restaurant specialises in wild meats, so it’s top of our list this time of year. The Glorious Grouse Scotch Egg combines Ardgay grouse, Munro’s black pudding and minced wild venison with a soft boiled egg – pure genius. You can also get in the spirit at the new ‘Glorious Grouse Shoot Off’ in the virtual shooting range at both restaurants.

1 Lombard Street, Bank

1 Lombard Street Grouse Menu

1 Lombard Street this year celebrates a 20-year stint as the go-to restaurant in the City – and 20 years of serving classic game dishes at the start of shooting season. This year’s special is roast grouse with game chips and bread sauce – delicious!

Simpson’s in the Strand

This historic establishment has added a wonderful grouse dish to its legendary Bill of Fare – traditional roast Yorkshire Estate grouse will be accompanied by braised red cabbage, liver pâté, bread sauce, toasted breadcrumbs, game chips and finished off with grouse gravy.

Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields

Galvin La Chapelle Grouse

Secure your spot for Galvin La Chapelle’s one-off Grouse Dinner on 20 August, for an indulgent five-course menu with paired wines. The Michelin-starred restaurant will wait until the birds have been hung for a week to ensure they’re in prime condition. Expect delicacies such as quail with foie gras and roast Scottish grouse. £130 per person, call to book on 020 7299 0400 and find out more at

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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