Henry is game

Wed 6 May - Copy

Henry did tell me that he has eaten grouse in the past, and so we went to Yorkshire Game to see what they had to offer. But they’d all gone home when we arrived. So Henry did a few circuits of the car park to stretch his wings.

As Henry told you earlier, North Yorkshire doesn’t have an enviable record when it comes to raptor persecution and so anyone in the grouse meat food chain should be asking questions of their suppliers about their practices.

Yorkshire Game is a major supplier of game meat and many London restaurants state that they source their grouse from Yorkshire – perhaps, I don’t know, from Yorkshire Game.

Yesterday I shared with you a letter I had sent to a number of London restaurants about their sourcing of grouse meat.  Below is a list of restaurants which seem to sell grouse meat. I’ll gradually work my way through this list but maybe you would like to drop them a line too and ask for their views? I’ll be interested to hear their replies.


The Shed 122 Palace Gardens Terrace LONDON W8 4RT
The Jugged Hare 49 Chiswell St LONDON EC1Y 4SA
Wiltons 55 Jermyn St LONDON SW1
Bibendum Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd LONDON SW3 6RD
Cinnamon Club The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St LONDON SW1P 3BU
Tring at Shangri-La The Shard, 31 St. Thomas St LONDON SE1
Aqua Shard Level 31 The Shard LONDON SE1
Hix 66-70 Brewer St LONDON W1F 9TR
Dean Street Townhouse 69-71 Dean St LONDON W1D 3SE
Rules 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden LONDON WC2E 7LB
Sonny’s Kitchen Church Rd LONDON SW13 0DQ
Roast The Floral Hall, Stoney St LONDON SE1 1TL
Medlar 438 King’s Rd, Chelsea LONDON SW10 0LJ
Bluebird King’s Rd LONDON SW3
St John 26 St John Street LONDON EC1M 4AY
La Gavroche Upper brook St LONDON W1K
Finns of Chelsea Green 4 Elystan St LONDON SW3 3NS
Galvin (La Chapelle) 35 Spital Sq LONDON E1 6DY
Galvin (Bistrot de Luxe) 66 Baker St LONDON W1U 7DJ
Grill Club at Brompton Bar & Grill 243 Brompton Rd LONDON SW3 2EP
The Grill at The Dorchester 53 Park Lane LONDON W1K 1QA
Prince Albert, Battersea 85 Albert Bridge Rd LONDON SW11 4PF
Builder’s Arms, Chelsea 13 Britten St LONDON SW3 3TY
Plateau 4th Floor, Canada Place LONDON E14 5ER
Brasserie Joel Park Plaza Westminster Bridge LONDON SE1 7UT
Quo Vadis 26-29 Dean St, Soho LONDON W1D 3LL
Green’s 36 Duke St, St. James’s LONDON SW1Y 6DF
The Ivy 1-5 West St LONDON WC2H 9NQ
Lutyens 85 Fleet St LONDON EC4Y 1AE
Boisdale (Canary Wharf) Cabot Place, Canary Wharf LONDON E14 4QT
Boisdale (Belgravia) 15 Eccleston St., Belgravia LONDON SW1W 9LX
Boisdale (Bishopsgate) Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate LONDON EC2M 4NR
The Square 6-10 Bruton St, Mayfair LONDON W1J 6PU
The Ledbury 127 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill LONDON W11 2AQ
The Avenue, Mayfair 7-9 St. Jame’s St. LONDON SW1A 1EE
Skylon Royal Festival Hall, Belverdere Rd, South Bank LONDON SE1 8XX
The Butcher Bar at Anise 9 Devonshire Sq LONDON EC2M 4YL
Corrigan’s of Mayfair 28 Upper Grosvenor St LONDON W1K 7EH
Le Café Anglais 8 Porchester Gardens, Bayswater LONDON W2
Lyttelton at The Stafford Hotel 16-18 St. James’s Place LONDON SW1A 1NJ
The Oyster Shed Ground Floor, 1 Angel Lane LONDON EC4R 3AB
The Modern Pantry 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell LONDON EC1V 4JJ
Trinity 4 The Polygon LONDON SW4 0JG
Bistro Union 40 Abbeville Rd LONDON SW4 9NG
Princess of Shoreditch 76-78 Paul St. LONDON EC2A 4NE
Rib Room Ground Floor, Jumeira Carlton Tower, 2 Cadogan Place LONDON SW1X 9PY
Boundary 2-4 Boundary St., Shoreditch LONDON E2 7DD
Seven Park Place at St. James’s Hotel St. James’s Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Place, Mayfair LONDON SW1A 1LS
The Capital Hotel 22-24 Basil St., Knightsbridge LONDON SW3 1AT
Le Pont de la Tour Butler’s Wharf Bldg., Tower Bridge LONDON SE1 2YE
Ristorante Semplice 9-10 Blenheim St., Bond St., Mayfair LONDON W1S 1LJ
The Goring Beeston Place LONDON SW1W 0JW
Trishna 15-17 Blandford St., Marylebone Village LONDON W1U 3DG
Gymkhana 42 Albermarle St LONDON W1S 4JH
Club Gascon 57 West Smithfield LONDON EC1A 9DS
The Greenhouse 27a Hay’s Mews, Mayfair LONDON W1J 5NY
Murano 20 Queen St., Mayfair LONDON W1J 5PP
Café Murano 33 St. James’s St. LONDON SW1A 1HD
Merchant’s Tavern 36 Charlotte Rd LONDON EC2A 3PG
Trullo 300-302 St Paul’s Rd LONDON N1 2LH
Bond & Brook 63 New Bond St LONDON W1S 1RQ
Harwood Arms 27 Walham Grove LONDON SW6 1QP
The Ritz 150 Piccadilly LONDON W1J 9BR
River Café Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd LONDON W6 9HA
Benares 12a Berkley Square House, Mayfair LONDON W1J 6BS
Hibiscus 29 Maddox St., Mayfair LONDON W1S 2PA
Newman Street Tavern 48 Newman St LONDON W1T 1QQ
Paternoster Chop House Warwick Court, Paternoster Sq LONDON EC4M 7DX
Scott’s 20 Mount St LONDON W1K 2HE

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8 Replies to “Henry is game”

  1. That's the cream of London's fine dining you've got there. I believe I ate at most of them during my heady sommelier days. It wil be fascinating to see the responses.

  2. You and Henry should have popped in for a coffee and a chick, I'm just up the Dale from Yorkshire Game.

    Mind you Henry would be fairly lonely in Swaledale, well at least whilst he survived.

  3. How disgraceful it is that all these beautiful areas of our country are missing the graceful Hen Harrier.

  4. Mark, sorry for going off topic, but have you seen this consultation on the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive? http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/nature_fitness_check_en.htm
    Given Mr Junkers declared view that these directives need to be 'modernised' (read 'weakened') it is important that everybody concerned about maintaining strong and effective legal protection for wildlife should respond to stress the value and importance of these two directives. I am pretty sure Henry would want them to be maintained and their implementation strengthened!

  5. The difference with Henry eating grouse is he caught his himself, and didn't poison the place with lead shot, drive other things towards local extinction or pollute rivers.

    Henry is such a great idea. Ideal for pulling off lots of attention gaining stunts. Long may he fly free around Britain! And may he be joined by many other (whisper it: real) harriers everywhere. Reminds me slightly of a certain squirrel called Robert, although I don't think he actually visits most of the places he talks about....
    (p.s. can you recruit Hugh FW, Jamie Oliver or one of these other chefs to the grouse cause. They were quite successful with fish/school meals.)

  6. No-one has to eat game - or fugu. It's a free country. At least until Friday.


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