Game season has officially begun and some of London’s top restaurants are celebrating with glorious grouse dishes and decadent game dinners. You can tuck into traditional roast grouse with all the trimmings at Wiltons, Racine, Le Café Anglais, and Trinity. At City gastropub The Jugged Hare, they’re doing things a little differently – pop in for a duck ‘Dive Bomb’ or ‘JFG’, boneless deep-fried grouse wings with a spiced bread sauce dip. If you’re not a grouse fan, head for the pop-up Butcher Bar at Cinnamon Kitchen where you can wash down venison kofta balls, rabbit terrine and devilled chicken livers with a bacon-infused bourbon cocktail.
Fans of celeb chef Gordon Ramsay will be pleased to hear that he is opening two new restaurants in London this year. The long-awaited Union Street Café, which is a collaboration with David Beckham, will finally open in Bermondsey this September. Later in the year, Ramsay will open London House on the former site of Bennett Oyster Bar & Brasserie in Battersea. Details are yet to be revealed but we do know that the chef will be Anna Kelly, who has previously worked at some top Paris restaurants.
At Fish Market near Liverpool Street, seafood fans can now order afternoon tea with a seaside twist. For just £12 a head, diners can enjoy an ‘FLT’ fishwich, a cup of tea or a glass of pink lemonade, and a quirky Tetley Tea ice-cream sundae topped with Rich Tea biscuit dunkers.
Fish is also the catch of the day at Kensington Place where they have recently launched a £25 FISHBone menu. Get stuck into fried wings, triple cooked chips, and their signature ‘Scallopdog’, followed by a ‘Float Your Boat’ dessert cocktail – their rum-spiked twist on the classic Coke float.
To celebrate summer and help diners beat the heat, Le Caprice is offering guests a complimentary Martini upon arrival until the end of August. Guests can choose from watermelon, cucumber, espresso, apple or lychee, just mention ‘Martini Weekend’ when booking.
Over at The Happenstance, they’re taking surf ‘n’ turf to a whole new level with their Reef, Beef and Bubbles offer. At their buzzy bar-diner near St Paul’s, you can feast on a half lobster, a 4oz steak with chips and salad, and a chilled glass of Prosecco for just £15 until the end of August.