The Glorious Twelfth Game Menu
“Shot on the 12th, delivered on the 12th and served on the 12th, at Coniston we are in a fairly unique position to be able to offer our guests the chance to enjoy the freshest grouse available at this time of year. On the glorious Walshaw Moor, which is owned and operated by the Bannister family, the tradition of shooting on the 12th continues and we are proud to offer you a wonderful grouse menu for your enjoyment. Please be aware that the quantities are limited and when they are gone, they are gone.”
Grouse spring rolls, with red current and soy dipping sauce £8.50
Grouse breast tartare, fried quails egg and capers £8.95
Carpaccio of grouse, Parmesan, truffle £8.95
Pan fried Grouse and bacon salad £7.50
Classic roast grouse with bread sauce and traditional garnish - £20.00
Tandoori Grouse – Basmati rice, curried bread sauce - £22.50
Grouse Kiev, mashed potato, tenderstem broccoli - £20.00
Roasted breast, Southern fried leg, and mini grouse pie - £22.50
Some Grouse facts from Ian the gamekeeper at Coniston
The red grouse is native to Britain, making them high-value birds. People from all over the world pay large sums of money every year to shoot them. The red grouse's closest relative, the willow grouse, is found throughout northern Europe, Asia, Canada and Alaska.
Grouse shooting can be traced back 160 years to 1853. It started to take off when the railways suddenly made it easier to get to the moors, and shotguns became breech-loading. The "bags" - total number of birds shot per day - were huge, often topping 2,000 in a single day.
Although grouse shooting is most commonly associated with the Scottish Highlands, red grouse were, and still are, shot on moors in Wales, Northern Ireland and as far south as England’s Peak District
By early evening on the so called Glorious Twelfth the first red grouse shot that day will already be on the menu of some of London’s top restaurants, which compete fiercely for the honour of serving the first birds that are shot at the start of the season. Not many people know that roast grouse has less than a third of the fat and twice the protein of roast chicken, although it has a gamey-flavour.
Available from Saturday 12 August in the Huntsman's Lodge & Macleod's.
To reserve your table, call Reservations on 01756 748080