The Game Bird at The Stafford London
The Game Bird launched at The Stafford London in March 2017 and has since become renowned for offering classic British dishes, executed with great style, and served in a relaxed yet elegant setting. Culinary Director Ben Tish and the team are dedicated to using seasonal British ingredients, and supporting local artisan producers, to create dishes of uncomplicated excellence.
Menus at The Game Bird make full use of the diverse produce of Great Britain, as seen in starters such as Cured Cornish brill with new season peas, broad beans and mint; Watercress soup with smoked goat’s curd; and a choice of Colchester or Porthilly rock oysters. Adding a touch of theatre, a bespoke trolley will bring the finest smoked and cured fish straight to guests’ tables, with options including The Balvenie oak-smoked salmon; Chalk Stream trout gravadlax; and Lincolnshire smoked eel, all served with fresh soda bread and a choice of dressings and pickles.
For mains, the Truffle chicken Kiev with pomme purée and Steak and ale steamed suet pudding have become instant classics, whilst the signature Roast pigeon with parsnips, cabbage, braised pigeon leg and a ‘bullshot’ honours the restaurant’s eponymous game bird. Desserts such as Apple tarte tatin with cinnamon ice cream and Lyle’s Golden Syrup sponge with custard provide the perfect sweet conclusion to any meal at The Game Bird, whilst British and Continental cheeses are served with piccalilli, chutney, crackers and warm Eccles cakes.
True to the classic British ethos and history of the hotel, The Game Bird also serves a mouth-watering Sunday roast, carved tableside from a bespoke silver trolley. Meanwhile, the team of expert pastry chefs craft irresistible cakes, pastries, scones and finger sandwiches for the traditional afternoon tea.
In 2017, Rosendale Design oversaw the extensive redesign of The Stafford’s restaurant. With The Game Bird they created a timeless space that celebrates the original seventeenth century features of the building, whilst also incorporating clean lines of marble and glass, natural hues of leather and traditional wood panelling, and touches of floral upholstery throughout. In addition, cabinets to one side of the main dining room proudly showcase the game and steaks that play such an important part on the menu.
The Game Bird takes its place alongside The Stafford’s existing private dining rooms, 380-year-old working wine cellars, and award-winning American Bar. Culinary Director Ben Tish and Executive Chef Jozef Rogulski work closely alongside Bar Manager Benoit Provost, and Master Sommelier Gino Nardella, constantly striving to elevate and perfect the culinary offering at the hotel for both residents and visitors alike.
Notes to Editors:
Address: The Game Bird, The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NJ
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7am – 10.30am | Sat-Sun 7.30am – 11am
All Day Dining: 12pm – 10pm
Afternoon Tea: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
About The Stafford London:
Dedicated to continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality, The Stafford London is a luxury five-star, independently owned boutique hotel located in prestigious St James’s. From elegant surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalized 24-hour service, The Stafford embodies a true “home away from home” for those who know and appreciate the best.
- The hotel is located in the heart of historical St James’s, close to London landmarks Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and Green Park.
- An all-luxury property comprising 105 rooms and suites, including the all-suite Stafford Mews building, the Carriage House, converted former stables, and the elegant main house.
- The hotel opened in 1912, located at number 16-18 St. James’s Place. Originally built as private residences in the 17th century; number 17 was most famously owned by Lord and Lady Lyttelton, daughter of the then Earl Spencer, who served as a nanny to Queen Victoria’s children.
- Alongside The Game Bird, dining options include various private dining rooms, the 380-year-old Wine Cellars, and the American Bar, an institution in its own right.
The Stafford London is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection. All guests of The Stafford London are eligible to enrol in the iPrefer hotel rewards programme, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary internet to members upon every stay at more than 550 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.
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