With The Glorious Twelfth finally here I cannot wait to get my first taste of the most delicate of game birds – Red Grouse. Notoriously difficult creatures Red Grouse, who will only eat particular types of heather, certainly make you work for your supper.
This year ETM Group, are getting ahead of the game and aiming to bring grouse to the capital, from estate to plate, in under 12 hours. Alongside Ben Weatherall of Yorkshire Game, we’ll be heading out onto the stunning Yorkshire heather moors at first light on Tuesday 12th August to bag the first braces of the season.
Then the race is on down from North Yorkshire to The Jugged Hare, in the City of London to bring lucky customers a dish that often doesn’t appear on the menu until 13th or 14th August at the earliest. We’ll be screeching to a halt outside the restaurant during a drinks reception with William Chase’s unique Sloe and Mulberry Gin before chefs pluck, truss and cook up a storm in time for a delicious game dinner with matched wines at 7pm. Follow our progress throughout the day via @TheJuggedHare #greatgrouserace.
Alongside the season’s first grouse, The Jugged Hare’s eponymous 18th century dish will also be served. Cooked in a traditional tall jug, the slow-braised hare meat is finished off with a sauce of its own blood and is one of the finest examples of this under-used meat you will find in the capital.
So for my first taste of the beautiful bird this year – there really can be nothing to grouse about!
Food Operations Director of ETM Group
Tickets for the 5-course dinner, held downstairs in the atmospheric Josephine Room, cost £85 per person and are on sale now. Contact Nicole Morris on firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7614 0134