Popular Barbican Gastropub, The Jugged Hare, is launching a limited edition “Finger Lickin’ Pheasant Bucket” available from 16 to 22 November in celebration of National Pheasant Week. Feeling game? I was when I accepted an invitation to sample a bucket. Now I’m feeling fine (and full). On a diet? Ph’ucket. Have a bucket!
Yes, there’s a National Pheasant Week. And yes, The Jugged Hare’s bucket o’ pheasant is a delicious way to mark it – and at £15 it’s not too dear an indulgence either, especially if you plan to share it with some friends. Prepared with a secret (and rather cinnamon-y) spice mix, deep fried and served with thick hand-cut chips and really yummy coleslaw, the bucket can do as an epic bar snack, a substantial starter (for two or more diners) or a mega main for a couple of hungry foodies. As tasty as it is succulent, I enjoyed every bite. The thigh was particularly flavoursome, while a glass of lemony and clean Roussane (The Foundry, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2013) was a brilliantly suggested pairing.
As with past visits to the Hare, service was swift and pleasant when I stopped by, and the classy (if taxidermy-intense) setting was conducive to enjoying my meal.
To round off Pheasant Week, The Jugged Hare will host a Pheastival on Saturday the 21st with a cooking and plucking competition seeing some of London’s top chefs in on the action as well as foodie stalls and tastings, live music, laser clay pigeon shooting and more.
The Jugged Hare is located at 49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA. Find out more at thejuggedhare.com.