Oh to be on a grouse moor with a loaded shotgun at the break of dawn on 12th August 2016. Also known as the Glorious Twelfth, Friday August 12 will see the re-commencement of the red grouse shooting season across England and Scotland. This means game will be 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.
Game classes at Corrigan's
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 7EH
Not only will Richard Corrigan have grouse on the menu at Corrigan's Mayfair, but he'll also be running a game cookery class at the restaurant on 3 September, As for the menu, from the 12th there will be all manner of game on the menu. That includes the main event - roasted Yorkshire grouse, parsnip, bread sauce for £32, their grouse pie for 2 people at £65 as well as non -grouse game dishes like the loin of Dartmoor venison, red cabbage & blueberry £34 and their award-winning game pie for £24.
Polenta and grouse at 45 Jermyn Street
45 Jermyn St., London SW1 6DN
From dinner service on the 19th, 45 Jermyn Street, the restaurant at the back of Fortnum's, will have Yorkshire Grouse with fried polenta and Jerusalem artichokes on the menu.
Japanese style grouse at Nobu
45 Jermyn St., London SW1 6DN
This year, both Nobu Berkeley St and Nobu London will be putting on their own Japanese spin on grouse. They'll have Allenheads and Muggleswick Estate grouse breast new style sashimi, pan-seared grouse with wasabi salsa, roast grouse served with truffle teriyaki, and more grouse in the sushi too.
Grouse for breakfast at Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
Cinnamon Club is getting things started right in the morning, kicking things off with a Shikaar breakfast - that's a curried game mince (of grouse and venison) with a fried egg and cumin pao – Bombay spiced vegetables (£10). And watch out later for their "Game On" tasting menu from 18 September to 16th October. That's £70 including char-grilled breast of red legged partridge, clove smoked Scottish grouse breast with wild mushroom pickle and tandoori venison loin with black stone flower as well as the curried game mince with game chips, black lentils and pilau rice.
A grouse feast at The Jugged Hare
49 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SA
Another place to get your first grouse on August 12 is the Jugged Hare in the City - rushing it to the table for a game and hare dinner at 7.30pm the same day. As well as featuring loin of hare, the main event is "Roast breast and confit leg of red grouse, cabbage and bacon, pâté en croûte, game chips, bread sauce, hunters jus." If you're a little more patient, then they'll have Grouse feasts on the menu - which will be that main dish above - from August 14.
Caprice Holdings does grouse all over town
All over London
Although the above dish (roasted with bread sauce, parsnip crisps and cabbage with Old Spot bacon) is from The Rivington Grill, you'll be able to get grouse on the menus at all Caprice Holdings restaurants. So that includes The Ivy, J Sheekey, Scott’s, 34 Mayfair, Le Caprice, Rivington Grill Shoreditch and Balthazar - all with grouse on the menu from Tuesday, 16 August.
Clay baked grouse at Craft
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ
Craft London is already well known for their clay baked duck - and now they'll be adding clay baked grouse to the menu. Stevie Parle is changing things up with a new recipe including damson, watercress and whisky. They'll have a half grouse on the longer tasting menu (£55 for 6 courses), and the à la carte will feature the whole grouse.
Get your own grouse at the Ginger Pig
All over London
And if you want to try your own hand at cooking the best possible grouse feast, then head down to the GInger Pig from 18 August. They'll have grouse in all of their London shops and later on, in October, they're also adding some game butchery classes. You can find out more about them here.
Grouse at the Boisdales
Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate and Belgravia
All three Boisdale restaurants will be serving up grouse on the menu from 17 August. They'll be sticking with the classic roast bird with accompaniments that include bread sauce, game crumbs, grouse toast and crunchy game chips and grouse jus. That all comes in at a pretty decent £24.95.
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Frenchie in Covent Garden is making the most of their London setting - as Grouse isn't easily available in Paris. They'll have a terrine of grouse as well as roasted grouse, served with chanterelle mushrooms and sumac.And expect more game dishes on the menu too.
Bocca di Lupo will put an Italian spin on game, with their grouse dish being new season grouse (spatchcocked and grilled) served with fig & almond panzanella.
Up in Aqua Shard, Dale Osbourne will be serving Yorkshire Grouse roasted on the bone, confit grouse legs, umble stuffing, cornmeal porridge, cranberry gel and heritage carrots. Apparently he's also taking inspiration from Medieval cooking by incorporating the grouse’s umbles - liver and heart - in the dish. Available from 19 August.
The Hour Glass in South Kensington will have roast grouse, game chips, bread sauce and liver pâté en croute on the menu. They'll be quick too, getting it on the menu from the 12th.
In Clapham's Trinity, Adam Byatt will have Pot Roast Long Leg Grouse with Polenta, Blackberries and Cobnuts on the menu for £38 on the menu from 15 August.
In Covent Garden, Native has a special grouse season six course menu. That has "Everything a Grouse Eats" - Wild Mushroom Tentsuyu Broth, Pearl Barley, Egg Yolk & Chickweed and "The Grouse" - Glenlivitt Peat Smoked Grouse, with Fermented Cream, Hedgerow Berries, Kentish Cobnuts, Baked Beets & Tops. It's £37 and available from the 15th.
New Marylebone restaurant Clipstone will have grouse on dripping toast with chanterelle mushrooms and red currents for £16
HIX Oyster and Chop House in Farringdon will have dishes such as grouse with woodland mushrooms, elderberries and wood sorrel or roast grouse served with parsnip chips.
The Quality Chop House will have grouse on the menu from Saturday 13th and there's a dedicated set menu grouse lunch lined up for Saturday 20 August:.