It is rare to find a new restaurant in London with an emphasis on real British cooking and wild game—but such is the style of award-winning chef James Durrant’s restaurant at The Stafford London, and it is rightly winning accolades for its superb food and elegant atmosphere—a fitting match for the five-star Stafford hotel itself. In a setting reminiscent of a private members’ club, the Game Bird is dedicated to British game and local produce, executed with style and flair.
The Game Bird is achieving plaudits from the most discerning reviewers—and holder of the ‘Most Civilised Restaurant‘ in the Tatler Restaurant Awards. Our Members are enjoying this delicious British cuisine—along with a complimentary glass of Champagne for you and your guests.
For those who need reminding, the Stafford is a smart 17th-century hotel and former club at 16-18 St James’s Place. If its historic walls could talk, they would tell a tale of Royal indiscretion and heroic espionage in World War Two. A hidden passageway from its wine cellars led directly to St James’s Palace, used by King Charles II to carouse undetected with his gambling friends and mistresses, and for spies to report undetected to King George and his Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
And because at that time the Stafford was a club for American and Canadian officers, they sought refuge in the cellars during the Blitz—a good cover story for the comings and goings of the spies. Now, with its views over Green Park, its excellent service, its famous American Bar and much else, the Stafford is a hidden delight we should all enjoy more often—starting with its extraordinarily good new British restaurant, The Game Bird, named not only for the wild game on the menu but for the heroism of one of its wartime secret agents, Nancy Wake.
In the new restaurant, expect excellent game in season—featuring, for example, Rhug estate fallow deer tartare, a sublime wood pigeon dish simply named The Game Bird, chalkstream trout gravadlax and Balvenie and Loch Duart salmon. Come August this will be the place to go for red grouse, followed by game as it comes into season.
Traditional Sunday roasts are a highlight—think roast grass-fed British beef rib—as are Orkney scallops, a dedicated oyster menu and an excellent fish trolley. Mains of grilled fish and meat sit alongside pies and puddings—a traditional steak and ale suet pudding and a fish pie are both highly recommended. Puddings include great British treats such as Cheshire Appleby with warm Eccles caskes and Custard Tart with raspberry ripple ice-cream—indubitably British and exceptionally good.
The food, the ambience and service are nigh on perfect and we thoroughly recommend that you try it for yourself, particularly now, when as a Member of the Club you receive a complimentary glass of Champagne for yourself and your guests when you lunch or dine. This means that if you opt for the Market Menu you will pay just £30 a head for three courses including your Champagne (which is usually a minimum of £17 a glass).
To book, with complimentary Champagne, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.
16-18 St James’s Place
London SW1A 1NJ