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Twelve of the best places in the North to eat wild game

3 years ago

Wild game is one of the healthiest meats you can eat. It’s lean and full of nutrients like omega-3, vitamins and iron and – because it’s wild – it’s free from some of the more worrying things we associate with farmed, supermarket meat like antibiotics and hormones. There is a minimal carbon footprint involved in eating locally sourced game in season too.

If all this isn’t reason enough to get your game face on, it’s also delicious, versatile and seasonal. ‘Tis the season when grouse, partridge, pheasant, venison and their ilk appear on our restaurant menus so we have put together a list of twelve of our favourite places in the North to tuck into something a bit different.

  • One of the dishes served at Aiden Byrne's gastropub The Church Green in Lymm, Cheshire
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    The Church Green

    Restaurant - British

    The Church Green is Aiden Byrne’s countryside pub where excellent meat comes as standard. Fifty ounce tomahawk, for example, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder pie, are typical dishes at the local legend’s acclaimed gastropub.

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  • Fischers Baslow Hall, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in a manor house in the Peak District
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    Fischers Baslow Hall

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Fischers Baslow Hall delivers fine Michelin-starred dining with local foraged aspects in homely, romantic surrounds. Using the fruits of the region when everyone else was importing from abroad, Fischers stuck to its guns and now does it arguably better than anyone else in Derbyshire.

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  • Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire
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    Freemasons at Wiswell

    Restaurant - British

    Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.

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  • Inspired British cooking as served at Home restaurant in Leeds city centre.
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    Home

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Home in Leeds is the brainchild of MasterChef finalist Liz Cottam, and business partner Mark Owens, formerly head chef at Ilkley’s The Box Tree (also in our Top 100). 

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  • One of the fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.
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    James Martin

    Restaurant - British

    A fine-dining restaurant inside a casino with a celeb chef name above the door? Alarm bells. Yes, James Martin has his name across the massive billboard outside, but this is not an ostentatious venue.

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  • One of the dishes served at Lake Road Kitchen, the acclaimed restaurant in Ambleside in The Lake District.
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    Lake Road Kitchen

    Restaurant - European

    A wild-maned toddler of a restaurant, bound for great things, Lake Road Kitchen is an exciting place to eat. The baby of former Samling chef James Cross, it is one of the leading lights in the Lakes foraging trend, serving mostly food grown in Cumbria, as well as aged retired Dairy Holstein txuleta (steak).

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    The River Restaurant

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s classic fine dining restaurant. Huge names that have run the kitchen include Marco Pierre White, while diners have included Jose Mourinho and Kylie.

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  • One of the mains served at Old Stamp House - the Michelin star restaurant in Ambleside, the Lake District.
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    Old Stamp House

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Head to Ambleside’s Old Stamp House for regional cooking in a heritage space by one of Cumbria’s most promising chefs.

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  • One of the colourful dishes served at the Ox Club restaurant in Leeds city centre.
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    Ox Club

    Restaurant - British

    The Ox Club offers sumptuous, grill-based cooked from the Belgrave gang.

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  • Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.
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    Northcote

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef and one of BBC2’s Great British Menu winners, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, heads up the kitchen.

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  • Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker
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    The White Swan at Fence

    Restaurant - British

    Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.

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  • The interior of Wood restaurant in Manchester showing tables set for dinner and the open plan kitchen
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    Wood

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The eponymous restaurant of Simon Wood, MasterChef winner and local lad from Oldham, is an accomplished affair. Food is cooked by both Wood and head chef, Mike Jennings, formerly of Grenache in Worsley. The décor – muted natural tones in a glass-clad new build – places the focus of any meal on the fine, Italianesque (yet often locally sourced) food and wine on offer.

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