Dear Dr Avery
Thank you for your e-mail.
Rules does not obtain any of it’s (sic) Game from the Lartington Estate.
Any further enquiries regarding Game should be placed in the hands of The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust at www.gwct.org.uk or the Game Conservancy Trust at ukagriculture.com
Well, that’s quite surprising, I’d say. A restaurant won’t comment on the quality of the game meat it supplies to its customers – when asked by one of those customers. Rules has no comment to make on the science that suggests that around 50% of game meals would be expected to have levels of a poison, lead, that would be illegal in beef (my steak was delicious!), pork, etc. Rules appears to have no interest in learning more about lead levels in game meat – despite selling such meat to the public as part of its business. Rules has nothing to say to its customers or the public on this issue.
Instead, this distinguished restaurant, the oldest in London, suggests that its customers contact the GWCT.
OK, I will. But I might rate Rules rather low on Trip Advisor too.