The Game Bird now open at The Stafford London

The Game Bird now open at The Stafford London

On 17 March 2017, The Game Bird officially launched at The Stafford London under the helm of Executive Chef, James Durrant. The Game Bird offers informal dining at any time of the day. A place to eat, drink and socialise, the focus is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache, all wrapped in a seductive ambience hat oozes cool sophistication.

At The Game Bird, James has drawn on his great wealth of experience from restaurants including Royal Hospital Road, Claridge’s, and Maze, to create a menu that makes full use of the diverse produce of Great Britain. This can be seen in dishes such as Smoked Norfolk Black chicken with Clarence Court egg, bacon jam and pickled mushrooms, and Orkney sea scallops with roasted cauliflower, smoked roe and gremolata.  Adding a touch of theatre, a bespoke trolley will bring the finest fish, smoked and cured in-house, straight to guests’ tables, with options such as The Balvenie cured smoked salmon; Chalk Stream trout gravadlax; and Lincolnshire smoked eel, all served with soda bread and garnishes of Clarence Court egg, cucumber and dill pickle, mustard dressing, and horseradish crème fraîche.

With a nod to the chef’s Cheshire upbringing, the menu also offers a selection of Pies, Puddings & Stews, including Salt Marsh lamb lobscouse, and Steak and ale steamed suet pudding, as well as dishes such as the restaurant’s signature dish featuring Roast pigeon with parsnips, cabbage and braised pigeon leg served with a ‘bullshot’, in honour of the restaurant’s eponymous game bird.

Rosendale Design have overseen the extensive redesign of The Stafford’s restaurant, creating a timeless space that celebrates the original seventeenth century features of the building, whilst also incorporating the clean lines of marble and glass, and the natural hues of leather and traditional wood panelling combined with touches of floral upholstery throughout. In addition, cabinets to one side of the main dining room proudly showcase the game and steaks to be served that evening, as well as the lobster and range of oysters on the menu.

The Stafford is working with West Contemporary as their art partner, bringing a regularly changing exhibition of contemporary works to The Game Bird. The first installation features exclusively commissioned pieces by world renowned artists; Chris Moon, Ruth Fox and Carne Griffiths, and includes ‘Afternoon Tea with The Queen’ by Carne Griffiths, which was hand-finished on site during the launch evening of the restaurant using The Game Bird tea blend and The Balvenie whisky.

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, with James Durrant working closely alongside Bar Manager Benoit Provost, and Master Sommelier Gino Nardella, to elevate and perfect the culinary offering at the hotel for both residents and visitors alike.

Notes to Editors

The Game Bird

The Stafford London

16-18 St James’s Place




Reservations: 020 7518 1234 or reservations@thegamebird.com

Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7am – 10.30am | Sat-Sun 7am – 11am

All Day Dining: 12pm – 10pm

Sunday Lunch: 12pm – 3pm

Afternoon Tea: 12pm – 7pm

Twitter: @TheGameBirdLON

Instagram: @thegamebirdlon

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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