The Jugged Hare (49 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SA) did not respond in any way to my email to them about what steps they take to ensure the sustainability of the production of their grouse meat, nor did they respond on the levels of lead in game meat. I’ll assume that they either don’t know or don’t care, until they reply.
This gastropub puts on an #Inglorious12th meal to celebrate the start of the grouse shooting season every year. It’s very obviously aimed at city types who don’t have a clue about what lies behind grouse shooting, how unsustainable it is and how much lead there will be in their meal. They should take a leaf out of the book of we real country people who are leading the campaign on banning driven grouse shooting.
I have to say, the food looks pretty yummy and the pub looks like a nice place to eat and drink – but that would be true without serving up grouse on the menu. Nobody needs grouse shooting, or grouse meat – it’s a pastime that is an inefficient means of putting meat on your plate. A grouse night is a clever(-ish) marketing tool for a pointless and environmentally damaging activity.
Interestingly, the folk tweeting about what a fantastic time they were having at the #Inglorious12th dinner all seem to have tiny Twitter followings.
The diners at The Jugged Hare, and its sister restaurants (Chiswell Street Dining Rooms,
56 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA; The Botanist, Broadgate Circle Unit 5, Broadgate Circle
London EC2M 2QS; Ealing Park Tavern, 222 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4RL; One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB; The White Swan, 108 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1ES; The Gun, 27 Coldharbour Docklands, London, E14 9NS; The Botanist, Sloane Square
No 7 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE; The Hat and Tun, 3 Hatton Wall, London, EC1N 8HX; The Well, 180 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JY; The Six Bells, The Street, Preston St Mary, near Lavenham,
Suffolk, CO10 9NG) would all benefit, it seems, from reading up on why driven grouse shooting is such an environmentally damaging activity whose days are numbered. For less than the price of a main course they could be reading Inglorious – conflict in the uplands.
Here’s what I asked the Jugged Hare:
Sign the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting.