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This Saturday (aka the Glorious Twelfth) will see the re-commencement of the red grouse shooting season across England and Scotland with the game returning to the menu on London's restaurants once the first day’s shoot is over.

From estate to plate, we have a comprehensive list of where to dine on the best birds in London, whichever style you fancy.

 

Holborn Dining Room 

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Grouse in the house: Chef Calum Franklin's grouse pithivier is making a comeback. It's the whole bird with a mousse made with heart, liver and kidney, confit legs meat, girolle mushrooms and then the breasts in the middle cooked pink - all wrapped in spinach and then wrapped in puff pastry.

How much? £26.50

When: From 16 August

Where: High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

How to book: Online 

 

Native 

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Grouse in the house: A special six-course tasting menu spans the food that the grouse eats as well as the bird itself. Dishes include Buttermilk Grouse, London Honey & Wild Marjoram and Grouse Neck & Lapsang Souchong Dashi.

How much? £55 per person with paired British wines at £24

Where: 3 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP

When? From 12 August for a few weeks

How to book: Online

 

45 Jermyn St. 

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Grouse in the house: On the Glorious Twelfth you'll get traditional grouse carved table side, a hot pot with swede, carrot, braised leg, rosemary and Worcester sauce, watercress, game chips, game jus and bread sauce (other grouse dishes including a grouse and foie gras pie, pictured, to be added later)

How much? Grouse with all the trimming is £34.50

When: Served from evening on the 12th August until November 2017

Where: 45 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1 6DN

How to book: call 0207 205 4545

 

Wiltons 

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Grouse in the house: A classic serving, simply roasted with some herbs and then served with brioche bread crumb, bread sauce, game crisps and a grouse jus, crisp bacon and watercress.

How much? £60 on Saturday, but expect that to drop as the month goes on

When: From Saturday 12th August 2017 until roughly December

Where: 55 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6LX

How to book: Call 020 7629 9955

 

The Ritz 

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Grouse in the house: Alongside the traditional roast grouse carved tableside (read our piece on that here) chef John Williams will be serving it as a special dish with celeriac, walnuts, and salted grapes.

How much? £38 on the a la carte menu from Tuesday (but more expensive before this).

When: There'll be a limited amount available on the Glorious Twelfth and then it'll be on the main a la carte menu from Tuesday 15 August.

Where: 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR

How to book: Online

 

St John 

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Grouse in the house: They serve the grouse in the traditional way – roasted, with bread sauce, and its liver spread onto a little round of toast. 

When: St John like to give their birds time to hang between shooting and eating so expect to wait a week – sometimes two – before they hit the menu here.

Where: 26 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4AY

How to book: online or call 020 7251 0848

 

The Jugged Hare 

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Grouse in the house: Grouse season kicks off with a five-course British game dinner with wine pairing. The main dish is roast breast and confit leg of red grouse, spiced cabbage, grouse liver pâté, game chips, malted bread sauce, hunter’s jus.

How much: £85 with wine

When: 12th August, with grouse on the main menu after that

Where: 49 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA

How to book: email zahra@etmgroup.co.uk or call 020 7614 0134 

 

Lyle's 

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Grouse in the house: wood roast grouse, fermented mulberries and grouse liver toast will be served as an extra course to the set menu to be shared between two. Expect to see grouse in starters and as part of the a la carte lunch after that. Look out for their annual game event happening on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September (grouse waffle pictured from last year's dinners).

When: From dinner on Monday 14th August onwards.

Where: Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ

How to book: Online 

 

The Cinnamon Club  

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Grouse in the house: Tandoor Smoked Breast of Grouse with bitter fenugreek, corn stir-fry and tamarind-cumin jus

How much: £38

When: 12th August to the end of September

Where: The Cinnamon Club, Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU

How to book: Call 020 7222 2555 or visit cinnamonclub.com

 

Rabbit 

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Grouse in the house: Roasted Grouse served with Candied Beetroot, Smoked Onion petals, Blackcurrant and Armagnac Game Sauce.

When: 12th August (and served in the restaurant following that)

Where: 172 Kings Road, London SW3 4UP

How to book: call 020 3750 0172

 

Coq d'Argent

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Grouse in the house: Roast English grouse, crispy bacon, liver crouton, savoy cabbage, juniper gravy, bread sauce and game chips

When: 15th-18th August

How much? £50 per person

Where: 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ

How to book: online

 

 

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Padella, London Bridge

Grouse in the house: Everyone's favourite pasta spot is putting on their pappardelle with grouse ragu once more.

 

Elystan Street, Chelsea

Grouse in the house: Breast of grouse with a croustillant of the leg, crushed celeriac and elderberries

When: Served from the 16th August.

 

Bibendum, South Kensington

Grouse in the house: Scottish Grouse, Girolles, Sweetcorn & Curry puree, Sourdough bread sauce

How much? On the set menu with a supplement of £7, or as an a la carte dish at £38.

When: From 24th August.

 

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair

Grouse in the house: roasted grouse with raz el hanout spices, chickpea purée, confit onions and fresh grapes. On the side there will be a medjoul date condiment and a barbajuan of offals, the roasting jus will also be flavoured with spices.

When: Served from mid-August.

 

Kitchen W8, Kensington

Grouse in the house: Roast Yorkshire Grouse with Smoked Celeriac, Pickled Plums and Bacon

When: Served from the 18th August

 

New Street Grill, Liverpool Street

Grouse in the house; bacon adorned roast grouse, braised in a red wine jus and served with grouse liver pate and bread sauce.

When: From Tuesday 15th August

How much? £38

 

The Don Restaurant, St Swithin's Lane

Grouse in the house: Roast grouse with foie gras croute, blackberries, chicory and smoked bacon

How much: £38 (price subject to change)

When: available from 15th/16th August

 

The Game Bird, St James

Grouse in the house: Roast grouse, game chips, bread sauce, braised legs and grouse Pâté en Croûte - more game dishes will be added to the menu as the game season progresses

When: From 14 August

 

Craft, Greenwich Peninsula

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Grouse in the house: Roast Grouse served with game pie, fermented cucumber and parsley root.

How much? £28.00

When: From 12th August on the a-la-carte menu

 

Aqua Shard, London Bridge

Grouse in the house: Rhug Estate grouse with umble stuffing, wild herbs and bilberries

When: 19 August onwards

 

St John photo: Patricia Niven

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