Interior of the Game Bird in London.
The Facts
NAME: The Game Bird
IT'S: British cuisine in the heart of Piccadilly, featuring top seafood alongside classic dishes

17-03-2017

OPENED: March 17th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: The Stafford Hotel and James Durrant, who honed his fine-dining skills at Maze Grill, Royal Hospital Road and Claridges
DID YOU KNOW: At one point in her career, Nancy Wake was at the top of the Gestapo's most wanted list; they offered 5 million francs for her capture.
LOCATION: The Stafford Hotel
ADDRESS: 16-18 St James' Place, London SW1A 1NJ
CLOSEST TUBE: Green Park
OPENING TIMES: Monday - Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday - Sunday 7:30am-10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 0207 518 1234
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

The Game Bird

OPENED 159 DAYS AGO

The Game Bird brings an air of casual elegance to St James’s ever-impressive dining scene.

With a menu choc-a-block of British comfort food and modern classics, The Game Bird is the perfect place to indulge in your old favourites, with an upmarket twist.

The Spot:

Piccadilly is home to some of Central London’s best bars and restaurants, along with fancy spots like The Ritz, Fortnum and Mason’s. But just around the corner from The Ritz sits The Stafford, an unassuming yet grand boutique hotel. This is where you’ll find The Game Bird, named after Nancy Wake, a former spy who lived at the hotel during her last years. Clearly, she knew how to have a good time.

Food at the Game Bird in London.

So do the folks here at The Game Bird. Step inside and you’ll feel like you’re in a private member’s club, thanks to the rich mahogany panelling, opulent velvet, and marble fixtures that recall the original design of the building, back in ye olde times (well, the 17th century).

The Food:

When the executive chef’s repertoire includes stints at Jason Atherton’s Maze and Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road, you know you’re in for a treat; James Durrant doesn’t disappoint. The menu at The Game Bird makes the most of British produce, with eggs, meat and seafood all sourced from our fair isles. 

Oyster fans, listen up. There’s an entire separate menu at The Game Bird for those who feel like a good shuck, with varieties from all over the UK, along with a range of cured fish served on a trolley with caviar and garnishes. If you’re looking for something more land-based, try the game pie, deer tartar or roast grouse. Treat visiting parents to the indulgent Sunday roast, which is served on the trolley, as you would imagine a 17th-century earl would receive their meal. Rich, hearty and delicious are the name of the game here.

Food at the Game Bird in London.

If you’re in the mood for something that might have been more up Nancy Wake’s street, stop by in the afternoon for tea, or perhaps drop in first thing for a hearty breakfast. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the pear and blackberry trifle – because what says classic British food more than the trifle?

The Drinks:

At the time of writing, the only menus available were the a la carte and pudding menus – The Game Bird knows where its priorities lie. A glance next door at the hotel’s American Bar gives an idea of what the restaurant might offer: an extensive menu of original and classic cocktails, and a fine wine selection to accompany those delicious Orkney sea scallops. Cheers.  

The Damage:

Sure, it’s a little pricey, but not bad considering it’s in the heart of Piccadilly. Mains are priced between £19-40, sides come in at £5 and desserts hover at the £9.50 mark.  

Food at the Game Bird in London.

In A Nutshell:

The Game Bird is, well, game for a jolly good night out. The range of British ingredients used in classically delicious ways guarantees something more special than the average Thursday night dinner. It’s not somewhere you’d go on a budget or a diet – because who can say no to a Lyle’s Golden Syrup sponge? – but it’s the best spot in town to pretend you’re a WWII spy, enjoy delicious well-made British cuisine and have an elegant, enjoyable dinner.

Central London’s latest openings also include Bubblewrap and Rail House Cafe. Find more of the newest restaurants and bars in London on our interactive map of the city, updated each week.

Words by Francesca Peak

The Facts
NAME: The Game Bird
IT'S: British cuisine in the heart of Piccadilly, featuring top seafood alongside classic dishes

17-03-2017

OPENED: March 17th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: The Stafford Hotel and James Durrant, who honed his fine-dining skills at Maze Grill, Royal Hospital Road and Claridges
DID YOU KNOW: At one point in her career, Nancy Wake was at the top of the Gestapo's most wanted list; they offered 5 million francs for her capture.
LOCATION: The Stafford Hotel
ADDRESS: 16-18 St James' Place, London SW1A 1NJ
CLOSEST TUBE: Green Park
OPENING TIMES: Monday - Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday - Sunday 7:30am-10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 0207 518 1234
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
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