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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 London restaurants.

The Best Restaurants for Game Season

45 Jermyn St, St James’

45 Jermyn St

45 Jermyn St

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 rabbit and ricotta ravioli, topped with broad beans and peas.

Corrigan’s Mayfair

Richard Corrigan's Roast Grouse

Richard Corrigan knows a thing or two about game, having grown up in Ireland catching and cooking it from a young age. This game season he’s added a squab pigeon pithivier to the menu, served with foie gras and blackberry and drizzled in a natural jus.

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 pigeon with turnips and cherries, and later in the season, game pithier with foie gras.

The Jugged Hare

Gastropub The Jugged Hare is introducing a number of new dishes to the menu this grouse season, including Yorkshire rabbit loin wrapped in pork belly, roe deer with black pudding and veal sweetbreads. These will sit alongside the pub’s signature dish: the ‘Jugged Hare’, served with creamed mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage and bacon.

The Cinnamon Club

Cinnamon Club

British produce and Indian flavours have always been a delicious combination. Showcasing this to perfection is Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant in Westminster Library, which will be serving a special smoked grouse breast with chickpea bread and game keema this season.



Proving less is more is Lyle’s, an understated restaurant with much to offer. Despite its Michelin star and spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, there’s nothing pretentious about James Lowe’s fine dining venture: instead of tablecloths and candles you’ll find white-tiled walls, concrete flooring and simple seating. From this September the restaurant will offer a set game menu, featuring dishes like game liver parfait with toasted milk bread and grouse with hen of the woods mushroom and dried plum.

The Hunter’s Moon

Bringing a countryside feel to London’s Fulham is The Hunter’s Moon, which is adding a roster of daily-changing specials centred around British game. Enjoy traditional roasted grouse with sautéed foie gras or a sharing venison shank with creamy white polenta and butternut squash.

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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