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Breaking news

August 2021: CODE reports that Lisa Goodwin-Allen has been brought in to oversee the menu here, "while continuing her role as executive chef at the Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire, another Stafford Collection property".

survey result

Summary

£118
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Hidden away in St James’s, this “excellent hotel restaurant” delivers “wonderful” old-school British classics with contemporary aplomb; and is “especially good for a Sunday roast”. The Stafford Hotel dates from 1912 and its American Bar has long been famous, but for all its Edwardian trappings, the Game Bird only took flight five years ago.

Summary

£99
 ££££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “old-world comfort and glamour” of a quiet St James’s hotel dining room provides the setting for “studiedly English food”“a seasonal mix of classic and modern dishes” including “excellent roast beef from the trolley on Sundays”. “Exceptionally good service” at “discrete tables which feel very private” and “a superb wine list” add to its attractions, particularly for entertaining clients. No surprises, though, that “it’s pricey for what you get”. Top Tip – “a preprandial cocktail in the famous American Bar is highly recommended”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “old-world comfort and glamour” of a quiet St James’s hotel dining room provides the setting for “studiedly English food”“a seasonal mix of classic and modern dishes” including “excellent roast beef from the trolley on Sundays”. “Exceptionally good service” at “discrete tables which feel very private” and “a superb wine list” add to its attractions, particularly for entertaining clients. No surprises, though, that “it’s pricey for what you get”. Top Tip – “a preprandial cocktail in the famous American Bar is highly recommended”.

Summary

£73
  £££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A great addition to this hidden gem of a hotel” in St James’s – this “beautiful” dining room affords “lots of space” to diners and inspires nothing but rave reviews (and numerous nominations as a top spot for business entertaining). The “traditional British food with a twist” is “beautifully presented, with bags of taste, and the matching wines are bang on”. Top Tip: as the name hints: “it’s an excellent choice during the game season”.

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Owner's description

Under the direction of celebrated Michelin-starred chef, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, The Game Bird is inspired by great seasonal, British produce and the bustle of historic St James’s. Together, Lisa and Executive Chef Jozef Rogulski have created a menu overflowing with an innovative combination of familiar favourites and delicious surprises.  

Simplicity and elegance lead the way; enjoy the finest seasonal ingredients, in simple yet creative dishes, with relaxed, attentive service, in a stylish and comfortable setting. At The Game Bird, we’re dedicated to bringing only the very best British produce to the table.

All Day Dining (Monday to Sunday) between 12.00 pm and 9.00 pm

 Breakfast 7.00 am - 10.30 am (Monday to Friday) and 7.30 am - 11.00 am (Saturday and Sunday)

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
SundayLunch £45.00 £50.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.80 £44.00 £6.50 £15.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £39.50
Filter Coffee £5.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu
44, 26, 14, 8
No dress code
Yes

The chef

From September 2021, Lisa Goodwin-Allen will oversee The Stafford London’s celebrated restaurant, The Game Bird, working collaboratively with the hotel’s Executive Chef, Jozef Rogulski.

The new menu will showcase the finest British produce and support many British artisan producers, elevating the current offering by drawing on Lisa’s experience from Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire.

Lisa will continue her role as Executive Chef at Northcote, another property within the Stafford Collection, thereby celebrating the culinary talent within the group.
In his former role as Head Chef, Jozef successfully helped launch The Game Bird restaurant in 2017, which has met critical and public acclaim, picking up a number of awards including “Most Civilised Restaurant” at the Tatler Restaurant Awards 2018, as well as shortlist nominations for “Best Newcomer” at the Food & Travel Magazine Reader Awards 2017 and “Restaurant Team of the Year” at the Hotel Cateys 2017. 

Private dining

 

 

The Game Bird Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Game Bird Restaurant in SW1A, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Game Bird restaurant.
David P
A mid-week lunch outing. A visit to London...
Reviewed 14 days ago

"A mid-week lunch outing. A visit to London during the mourning period for the death of our Queen, so we were wearing black tie's. The staff at the Stafford are always friendly and polite, even more so on this sad occasion. We were offered an excellent table on that raised level next to the bar, best table for two in the place. We took advantage of the free glass of champagne offered to Hardens Club members and toasted the Queen. The Sommelier is one of the best. Very knowledgeable and he directed us to a wonderful (well priced !!) Chablis. I opted for the slices of smoked fish from the trolley followed by the pigeon. My friend the crispy cod followed by the scallop tempura. The food is beautifully presented, looking to good to eat. but as you might expect we did !! A very special lunch, followed by a walk through Green Park to see the floral tributes left by the people paying their respects."

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Ruth J
Small menu, changing rather infrequently. T...
Reviewed 9 months, 13 days ago

"Small menu, changing rather infrequently. The food is only average when compared to other restaurants in the locality, although probably good compared to restaurants outside of London. Quite expensive for what you get. Service is efficient but not particularly friendly or welcoming. Ambience is quiet and a bit cold. If sitting on the bench seats, it can be a bit uncomfortable."

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16-18 St James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NJ
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Monday7 am‑9 pm
Tuesday7 am‑9 pm
Wednesday7 am‑9 pm
Thursday7 am‑9 pm
Friday7 am‑9 pm
Saturday7:30 am‑9 pm
Sunday7:30 am‑9 pm

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