Time to get the plucker whirring again soon as we are excitedly awaiting our first birds from the shoots. The month of October promises lots or partridge and for us truly marks the beginning of the local shoot season. Partridge, a small game bird native to the surrounding countryside, has been a culinary delight for centuries. With its rich and tender meat, partridge is the obvious choice for our kitchen at this time of year, a must for all food enthusiasts. Not only does it offer a unique and delicious flavour, but its consumption also brings several benefits to the countryside.

One of the main advantages of partridge is its contribution to the local economy. The hunting and farming of partridge provide employment opportunities for many of our locals. This not only helps to sustain our local community but also promotes the preservation of the surrounding countryside we all treasure so much. By supporting the culinary use of partridge, we are indirectly supporting the conservation of the natural habitat and wildlife that thrive right on our doorstep.

Furthermore, partridge is a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice. Unlike mass-produced poultry, our partridge is sourced directly from Morcott and is hunted in a controlled manner in the fields and countryside that surrounds The Kings Arms. This reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation and intensive farming practices. Additionally, partridge is a wild game bird, which means it feeds on a natural diet of seeds, berries, and insects. This results in a lean and healthy meat that is free from antibiotics and hormones commonly found in commercially raised poultry.

From a culinary perspective, partridge offers us a unique and delicate flavour that we truly cherish. Its meat is tender and succulent, with a slightly gamey taste that pairs well with a variety of ingredients. For those new to game, it is a great entry level species. Partridge can be prepared in numerous ways, from roasting and grilling to braising and stewing. Its versatility allows for endless possibilities in the kitchen, making it a favourite here at The Kings Arms in Wing.

Moreover, partridge is a nutritious choice for those seeking a healthy and balanced diet. It is low in fat and calories, making it an excellent option for those watching their weight. Additionally, partridge is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, including iron and zinc. These nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and promoting overall well-being.

So, next time you have the opportunity, indulge in the flavours of partridge, and savour the taste of the countryside.