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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com or call 020 7614 0134
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
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
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
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
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
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