We are now into the best time of year for Seasonal Game. Plenty of choice on our counter. #SlowFood

Game is wild, natural and free range with a distinctive flavour making it a great alternative to beef, pork, lamb or chicken. And, as it’s low in cholesterol and high in protein Game is one of the healthiest meats available today. Game is considered to be a slow food.

Seasonal Game For Cooking

Gone are the days when pheasants and venison were kept for special dinner parties. Whether you’re cooking for a mid week supper, a dinner party or a quiet night in with some-one special, seasonal game will make a fantastic tasty meal. The stronger richer flavours are just right for autumn weather. The classic way of cooking game birds is to roast them in the oven and serve with Game chips but they are just as good in casseroles, pies, pates, soups and sausages. At the beginning of the season the younger birds tend to be more tender and are better for roasting while older birds later in the year work well cooked in a casserole.

Seasonal Game Recipes

If you want some game recipes for inspiration try here or take a look at Game to Eat. They have lots of good game recipes on their site. We also have some of their free recipe books available in the shop. So if you are looking for some inspiration for game cooking come in and see us.

When is game in season?

There are certain times during the year when fresh game is not available called the Closed Season. Certain species of game in certain locations cannot be taken during this time to allow the numbers to be kept up. However, because there are so many different species of deer, you will find fresh venison is available most of the year.

We have Grouse, Partridge, Mallard, Venison and Hare in the shop now. Pheasant will be available later in October when the season gets underway

These are the dates for the most popular game birds and deer

Grouse: 12th August (Glorious Twelfth) to 10th December
Pheasant: 1st October to 1st February
Partridge: 1st September to 1st February
Duck and Goose: 1st September to 31st January
Hare: 1st August to 29th February
Red Deer Stags: 1st August to 30th April (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)1st July to 20th October (Scotland)

If you want to see a full list have a look here on our website


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