Grouse season in London

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Game fanatics among you can rub your hands in glee – not only does early August mark the arrival of the Glorious Twelfth, the start of the grouse season, but this year promises a bumper crop of the moorland bird. For a pointer of where to head for a grouse dinner, check out our list of recommended restaurants. Although a word of warning – with grouse supplies not always assured for the first week or so of the season, it’s always best to phone first to double-check it's on the menu:

101 Pimlico Road: The restaurant is serving two roasted grouse dishes, one with lemon bread sauce, game chips, grouse liver crouton and watercress, the other with lavender honey and quince sauce, watercress and truffle chips.

Boisdale: Both Boisdale sites are offering a dish of roasted grouse with braised Savoy cabbage, grouse pâté crouton, rosti potato, bread sauce and game gravy, plus a glass of Justerini & Brooks Red Burgundy for £27.50.

The Capital: Grouse is on the menu served with game chips, bread sauce, jus, brown breadcrumbs and braised red cabbage. The grouse will be presented whole, with the option of a waiter removing the meat on the guéridon trolley.

Corrigan’s Mayfair: Richard Corrigan’s restaurant is serving a grouse pie containing grouse, duck fat, savoy cabbage, foie gras and thyme on its new game menu.

Criterion: Expect the bird served roasted with game chips and seasonal vegetables at the Piccadilly restaurant.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe: The Galvin brothers wait a few days into the season for the price to settle before putting the bird on the menu. But when it arrives, expect it served roasted with bread sauce, watercress and game chips.

Galvin La Chapelle: As at Bistrot de Luxe, the Galvin brothers don’t put the bird straight on the menu from the Twelfth. But when it arrives, expect a pithivier of grouse and foie gras served with Savoy cabbage and blackberry jus.

The Gun: Tom and Ed Martin’s Docklands gastropub is serving grouse with bread sauce, watercress, game chips and grouse pâté.

High Timber: The Cirty riverside restaurant is serving roasted grouse with cured bacon.

My Dining Room: The Fulham gastropub is offering a grouse pie on its menu, available either in individual portions or as a whole to share.

Park Terrace at the Royal Garden Hotel: The restaurant is serving two grouse dishes, both of which will feature on the restaurant’s £31, three-course menu. The first is grouse sausage roll served with pickled vegetables and watercress salad, and the second is roasted breast of Northumberland grouse with glazed beetroot, faggot of cabbage, confit grouse leg, cauliflower cream and a vintage wine jus.

Le Pont de la Tour: Available from Friday 13 August, the Shad Thames restaurant is serving roasted crown of grouse with foie gras pomme purée, girolles and wholegrain mustard jus.

Ristorante Semplice: The Michelin-starred Italian will be serving risotto with grouse, mixed wild mushrooms, mint and red wine sauce.

Rules: The Covent Garden institution is serving roast grouse with vegetable purée, bread sauce and red wine jus from 12 August onwards.