The Jugged Hare in the City has always been one to embrace the game season, and this year it’s going all out tweed and tally-ho by serving up a Gentleman’s Game Afternoon Tea
Ladies, don your gentlemanly guises and head for Barbican aimed with an appetite, for The Jugged Hare has launched a Gentleman’s Game Afternoon Tea. Well, OK, there’s no need to go full Kitty and Nan à la Tipping the Velvet – the tea is, of course, open to all.
The Jugged Hare’s spin on a classic afternoon tea incorporates a selection of rare game-season treats, served with a beer flight of three cask ales.
Enjoy the likes of hare scones with horseradish cream and Cumberland sauce, partridge and bilberry muffins, meat fruit pâté, a gent’s cob loaf with pickles, meaty finger sandwiches and game chips.
There are also grouse doughnuts and game consommé – aka, tea.
Those big on game can also enjoy a number of special squirrel dishes. Subtler but sweeter than rabbit, squirrel is low in fat, low in food miles and completely free range.
Try squirrel croquettes, served with hazelnut mayo, and a hearty squirrel pie with oak smoked celeriac, Savoy cabbage and hazelnut jus.
Or how about Squirrel Gin? The Jugged Hare has created an unconventional robust, nutty gin, best sipped neat with its garnish of pickled redcurrants, or Bloody Mary-style with tomato juice.
Mixed sharing boards featuring a selection of three whole game birds and sides of savoy cabbage and bacon, liver pâté, black pudding croquettes, game chips, bread sauce and jus are also available (from £75).
The Gentleman’s Game Afternoon Tea is priced £75 for two people and is being served every Saturday throughout September from 12pm-4pm. Booking is essential, to make a reservation, click here.
The Jugged Hare, 49 Chiswell Street EC1Y 4SA; thejuggedhare.com
In other exciting game news, Japanese restaurant Ginza Onoderain Mayfair has launched London’s first game sushi.
Offering a playful twist on traditional game menus, Head Chef Ryosuke Kishi has developed a signature venison sushi nigiri.
The premium grade venison tenderloin is marinated for three days, in an authentic blend of sake, sakiyo miso, sake kasu and arima sansho pepper – delicately fusing the naturally smoky notes of game with a taste of the orient – before being expertly sliced and garnished with grated spring onion, ginger and Nikiri soy sauce. £10 for three pieces.
15 Bury Street, Mayfair SW1Y 6AL; onodera-group.com