Put down the Pimms and back away from the barbecue. If you're tired of summer salads, fear not - the Glorious Twelfth is fast approaching! You can celebrate in style with fantastic events and game dishes at London restaurants this season. Tweed optional - just bring a big appetite.
On August 12th, the Brompton Bar & Grill are teaming up with the recently launched London Shooting Club to host the latest instalment of The Grill Club. The shooting club will be bringing the first grouse shot on the moors straight to The Brompton’s kitchen. Chef-patron Francois O’Neill and executive chef Gary Durrant will be doing a grouse preparation and cookery demo before guests sit down to dinner and a wine pairing talk. Priced at £60, the menu includes chilled cucumber gazpacho with poached wild sea trout, traditional whole roast grouse, and English berries with homemade lemon curd and poppy and sesame biscuits. Book a table.
Also on the 12th, Galvin La Chapelle are hosting a sumptuous game dinner to celebrate the start of the season. The £95 set menu includes foie gras and a main course of roast grouse served with game chips, Savoy cabbage and bread sauce. There will be matching wines for each course and each diner will receive a signed copy of the Galvin cookbook. The grouse dish will be available on the a la carte menu from August 19th onwards. Book a table.
At City gastropub, The Jugged Hare, they will be serving creative dishes like snipe kiev with pickled cabbage, clay pigeon stew served with a sloe gin shot, and the ‘dive bomb’ – a tufted duck pastry bomb delivered flaming to the table. There will be game masterclasses and wine pairing dinners throughout the season, plus head chef Richard O’Connell’s nod to the current dude food trend – ‘Jugged Hare Fried Grouse’. Book a table.
On Thursday 13th August, riverside restaurant Northbank is hosting a special dinner with wine pairings from Richmond Wine Merchants. Priced at £60 per head, it’s a decadent affair starting with foie gras parfait with crispy quail legs, followed by seared scallops and hog’s pudding fritter. The main event is roasted loin of venison with braised red cabbage and a glass of 2005 Chateau la Rose Saint-Georges St Emilion. Check out the full menu and book your table now.
At the ever-popular Clos Maggiore, executive chef Marcellin Marc will be sourcing game from The Royal Estate in Windsor Great Park and putting together a menu of Provencale-inspired specials. Available from 14th to 27th October, dishes will include pan-roasted fillet of venison, breast of pheasant Boudin Blanc, roast mallard, and pressed leg of red partridge and foie gras.
For a taste of game in the City, head for The Butcher Bar which pops up at Anise at Cinnamon Kitchen from August 20th to November 30th. Executive chef Vivek Singh and head chef Abdul Yaseen have put together a menu of meaty treats like venison kofta balls, devilled chicken livers and rabbit terrine, along with a special ‘Butcher’s Block’ of beef, venison and grouse served a cleaver so that meat lovers can carve it all up for themselves. Don’t miss ‘Carnivorous Cocktails’ like the Gunshot Gazpacho, Deer Me, and the Buffalo Butcher (made with bacon-infused bourbon!).
At Le Café Anglais, chef-patron Rowley Leigh will be serving the plumpest Grade A grouse, each bird hand-picked and hung for three to four days to ensure the juiciest meat. The grouse will be spit-roasted to order and accompanied by fried potato chips and gravy for just £26.50. Book a table.
South London game enthusiasts should order in advance at Trinity, where chef Adam Byatt will be serving Yorkshire grouse with all the trimmings for £35. The £60 tasting menu is a glorious romp through the British countryside with dishes like game terrine, pot-roast partridge and saddle of hare on offer. You’ll have to wait until November 18th for their game dinner, but it’s guaranteed to be worth the wait. Book a table.