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Glorious Grouse – new guide makes buying the king of game birds easy

7th September 2015

grousecover2015Taste of Game, which helps promote the delights of eating game meat, has teamed up with the Moorland Association to publish Glorious Grouse, a short guide on where to buy the king of game birds.

The guide lists outlets around the country where grouse can be bought, including online.

Red grouse is unique to the British Isles, which also has the majority of the world’s heather moorland, internationally protected habitat on which grouse thrive. Ninety percent of English grouse moors fall within a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – 79 percent of the Pennines and North Yorkshire Moors Special Protection areas are managed for grouse.

Annette Cole, from Taste of Game, said: “Despite question marks over how good the season is, grouse are available. The guide includes a few recipes which you can try. If you’re looking for a treat and want to eat seasonal, low fat, natural and wild game then you must try grouse. Some consider it the best of all game birds for taste.

“There’s little that beats traditional roast grouse served with bread sauce, game chips, watercress and redcurrant jelly – a real taste of the late British summer and early autumn.

“You don’t necessarily need to visit a restaurant to try grouse – it is accessible and can be bought all over the country, it is easy to cook and makes a great dinner party centre piece.”

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: “Delicious wild red grouse is the pinnacle of British fresh, seasonal produce of provenance, with every bird traceable back to the glorious moors.

“Red grouse live nowhere else in the world and its management supports some of our most treasured landscapes. Hats off to Taste of Game for ensuring this outstanding culinary delight is available to everyone.”

The guide can be found here:







Did You Know?

75% of Europe’s remaining upland heather moorland is found in the UK – but this area declined alarmingly over the latter part of the last century. The Moorland Association was set up in 1986 to coordinate the efforts of moorland owners and managers to halt this loss, particularly in England and Wales.

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