23 Sep 2016
It’s game on at The Jugged Hare as we find ourselves in the crosshairs of another shooting season. The London gastropub that has become the authority on game will be plucking, trussing and cooking up a storm this game season right through to February next year.
As the name suggests, The Jugged Hare in the City of London is dedicated to enthusing and educating its diners about game. On the menu are daily-changing specials, sourced from respected suppliers throughout the UK and exciting seasonal activities including traditional game tasting dinners, Finger Lickin’ Pheasant and Game Sliders for a more playful touch!
The Jugged Hare’s open season kicked off with its eponymous 18th century dish, jugged hare. Wild hare returned to British menus on 1st August following the six-month ban on hunting which allows the animals to breed. 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. Now is the time to taste it at its very best.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER
What better way to celebrate the best of the British autumn fare than with the season’s most intriguing critter served alongside locally sourced accompaniments? Hopping on and off the specials board (according to availability) throughout October, London’s favourite, bushy-tailed critters are back, in the form of tasty squirrel and bacon croquettes served with hazelnut mayonnaise and braised squirrel with horseradish mayonnaise, sprout tops and hazelnut jus. Catch ‘em while you can!
National Pheasant Week
Still not had your fill of the field sport? November is the start of pheasant season and Monday 14th – Sunday 20th November is hailed by ETM Group and The Jugged Hare as the nation’s third National Pheasant Week. Anyone from the most seasoned chef to the humblest of home cooks will be invited to share their best pheasant recipes, tips and menus via www.nationalpheasantweek.com to encourage the UK to get behind this underappreciated bird.
Finger Lickin’ Pheasant Bucket
Step away from the fried chicken and check out London’s hottest fast food for game season – a Finger Lickin’ Pheasant Bucket. Eight moreish pieces of pheasant fried in the Jugged Hare’s secret recipe coating served with handcut chips and coleslaw. The limited edition dish will be available for National Pheasant Week only at The Jugged Hare, making it one for every game fan’s bucket list.
Great British Game Festival at Borough Market
The Jugged Hare is the official beer sponsor for the very first Great British Game Food Festival. Kicking off Great British Game Week, the festival will be held at the world-renowned Borough Market near London Bridge on Saturday 19th November, showcasing the best game producers/suppliers in the UK.
ALL SEASON LONG
Sourcing of game and what to expect on your plate this game season
Sourcing from Yorkshire Game as well as several other small, select gamekeepers and riflemen up and down the country, ETM Group will again get creative with game this season with innovative specials including:
Layered braised wild boar, wild Suffolk venison, Yorkshire pheasant breast and Portobello mushrooms wrapped in puff pastry with a flaming ‘rosemary fuse’ and served with a rich game and juniper jus
‘Game offal and pig’s blood cobbler’
Sautéed mixed game bird offal and Mrs Brown’s black pudding in a rich, spiced gravy with a suet dumpling cobbler topping
Whole Yorkshire snipe baked inside a jacket potato
Roast crown of Yorkshire woodcock, leg choux farci, celeriac, girolles, Head Chef Stephen Englefield’s home grown organic sloe berries and sloe berry jus
Roast breast of Yorkshire hen pheasant, crispy leg, crushed swede, Long Arm Shadow Wolf smoked stout spelt
Mixed Whole Game Bird Boards
If you can’t decide which meat to eat, then choose a game board featuring a selection of three whole seasonal game birds which may include the less common species black grouse, moorhen and golden plover – all available from late September.
Game Curry Tuesdays
Available at The Jugged Hare, The White Swan, The Well and Ealing Park Tavern, choose from two different game curries for example a Teetar Badam (pheasant) Pasanda or a Karahi Venison, a traditional masala curry, each served with pilau rice and naan bread, plus a pint of Long Arm Brewing Co. beer or lager for just £20.
Prefer to take a more relaxed approach to your game? Take on The Jugged Hare’s selection of game sliders, using an array of the season’s best game meats formed into a juicy patty, served up miniature, including pigeon, hare and wild boar.
Learn to pluck, truss, butcher and dress various game birds at a Jugged Hare Game Masterclass. Available upon request from October to February, classes are of 8-16 people and cost £150 for a three-hour class, which includes a three-course game feast, matching wines and a sloe gin cocktail on arrival.
Gourmet Game Dinners
For those who like their food ready dressed and prepped, why not try one of the Gourmet Game Suppers at The Jugged Hare. Five delicious courses are designed to give you a taste of game and each is matched with a specially selected fine wine. Expect a whole night dedicated to wild Suffolk venison or a mixed game and Bordeaux evening.
You’ve chosen your dish, and now for the drinks. New for 2016, The Jugged Hare has refreshed their extensive wine menu and expertly matched specific bottles with animal symbols, allowing each diner to become their own sommelier. Opt for a New World Tahbilk from Australia when dining on venison or reach for a French Toques et Clochers from Limoux when tucking into grouse.
Continue the Party – Pre-packed Game Boxes
Fancy taking your game celebrations home? Then pick up a Game Box from The Jugged Hare. Each wooden box will contain two partridges, hare meat, four pheasant breasts and one whole pheasant plus four recipe cards to create the ultimate game feast at home. Recipes include Housewife Hare, Pot Roast Pheasant, Pheasant Breast with New Potatoes and Whole Roasted Partridge with Red Cabbage.
Let’s Play Game
Get involved with the glorious game season with The Jugged Hare on social media. Take a snap of your supper and use the hashtag #AreUGame to be in with a chance of winning a complimentary two-course meal for two at The Jugged Hare – a winner will be drawn each month. Diners can also play the #iknowthatbird taxidermy game for the chance to win a pint of Jugged Hare Pale Ale – simply by guessing the stuffed specimens dotted around the restaurant and tagging @thejuggedhare.
Game Season at The Jugged Hare – it’s plucking good!
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