Grouse is now starring on the menu at central London restaurants Maggie Jones’s and La Poule au Pot.
The appearance of the bird on the menu is timed to coincide with the “Glorious Twelfth”.
This is the start of Britain’s 121 day grouse shooting season.
Grouse is being served with celeriac mash and red cabbage in a game sauce.
As the season develops, Maggie Jones’s will be offering partridge in September and pheasant in October.
Meanwhile, La Poule au Pot will feature squab pigeon and medallions of venison in September.
The meat served at both restaurants will be freshly caught from the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Prices per dish will vary from £28 to £35 depending on the shooting.
Did you know that Maggie Jones’s was originally named Nan’s Kitchen but was renamed after its most famous client – Princess Margaret?
Back in the Sixties, Princess Margaret used the alias “Maggie Jones” to book her favourite restaurant.
She would slip in with her husband Lord Snowdon at around 9.30pm. Usually, they would sit in a discreet booth at the back on the ground floor and eat the chicken pie.
Today the restaurant is open all day at weekends from mid-day to 10pm. On weekdays, it is open for lunch from 12pm to 2pm and for dinner from 6pm to 10pm.
Maggie Jones’s, 6 Old Court Place, Kensington Church Street, London W8 4PL. Tel: 020 7937 6462.
La Poule au Pot, 231 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UT, is open all day every day from mid-day to 10pm. Tel: 020 7730 7763.
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