After making their name with a pop up, The Wild Game Co has opened their first permanent restaurant on Charlotte Street
This is another long-term pop-up, in Fitzrovia, from Scottish game specialists the Wild Game Co. The restaurant has hard benches, shared tables, a chill counter and a blackboard menu like a hymn board. It’s about as sparse as a John Knox sermon. True to the name, they serve venison from their own estate in Sutherland, at the far north of the Scottish mainland.
The menu is a short one: simple platters of venison steak with chips (£12.50), venison burgers (from £6), a squash-based salad (with optional venison steak or venison carpaccio) and even stovies (£3.50). Scottish children are raised on stovies as they’re cheap, and sold from chip vans and caffs across the land. Here, this stew of mashed-up new potatoes is cooked up with onion, seasoned with pepper, and – in this case – mixed with venison mince to add flavour.
Venison steak, the fanciest and priciest dish, was very well executed. Tender in the centre, not too gamey-tasting, nicely carved and served with crisp beef-dripping chips and hollandaise sauce on a wooden board as sturdy as a drawbridge.
Despite the presence of the token salads, vegetarians are definitely better off elsewhere. The Wild Game Co may be more chip van than ‘Wicker Man’, but authentically Scots nonetheless.
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65 Charlotte St
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
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There isn't a better steak restaurant in London.The venison is amazing and the owner Andy is an absolute gem. I've now been here four times since it opened, and every time it just gets better. It has a charmingly minimal interior - this place is all about the food. Have the chateaubriand - you won't regret it.
I really rate this place. Food is yummy, service is great, with friendly staff. Its basic and rustic interior, but its so cosy and I am planning my next visit soon. Give it a go. Perfect destination for a chilly, dark winter eve.
Fabulous meal! Chateaubriand was beautifully seasoned, cooked to perfection and melt in the mouth. The Highlander burger was delicious - best burger and fries I've had in years! Loved the haggis pops and would highly recommend the haggis from the butchery. Add to that a great ambiance, delightful staff and I don't think you could have a better meal out in London! Already looking forward to my next visit.
You have to go! Simply the best food I've had lately! I mean, everything we had (there were seven of us, so we had most things) was outstanding. Really incredible. And so cheap for such good food. Also, in a society where we produce meat by questionable means, somewhere that serves wild game from a family supplier should be recognised for its ethics also. I can't recommend this place enough.
Discovered this laid back restaurant a few weeks ago after an afternoon of Christmas shopping. It's unpretentious vibe and friendly staff were just what I needed after an afternoon of frantic shopping. Having chatted with the owner about where they get their meat from for a while, my girlfriend and I went for the chateaubriand - which was all sorts of melt in your mouth deliciousness. My brother is in town next week, I'm going to take him to my new favourite foodie discovery...
The rare and medium-rare Classic venison burgers both arrived identically medium, served under-seasoned [or unseasoned?] in a griddled but truly cold bun, with too much over-sweet onion chutney that dominated the flavour.
And way-over-salted fries.
[The replacements were good though.]
There were two cooks and two servers, chatting not concentrating, it felt.
No beer or wine ["The Man Upstairs Is A Muslim"] so tap water.
What a cheeky little find. I came out of the office and damn near bumped into a Stag in the middle of Charlotte Street. Nestled behind the beast was this place.
We decided that "eating isn't cheating" even if we were on for a boozy night and aren't we glad we did.
It was MASSIVE DOUBLE burgers with everything all round and the best fat chips I've ever tasted. The guy there told us the secret was the beef dripping they use.
Anyway, I love the place, compact, friendly, great value and it's walking distance from the office for a once a week blow out.
Go in hungry and not just because you fancy a little nibble. Your stomach will love you for ever.
Stumbled upon this little treasure of a place when walking down Charlotte Street and came across the stag standing proud outside their restaurant front. Hard to miss this place! Having never really tried game meats before, my friend and I decided to go for the venison chateaubriand, not knowing what quite to expect. When the food arrived, we knew we had escaped the cold, come to the right place and that the food was unique to the majority of restaurants you eat at time and time again when dining out in London on a budget; the prices here are excellent! The melt-in-mouth venison was accompanied by one of the best béarnaise sauces I've tasted, I've tasted quite a few. Will definitely be back here soon and having spoken to the super friendly staff, I found out they can also hold Christmas parties, my friends have something to look forward to this Christmas! Super kitsch Scottish décor and great service! 10/10!
Glorious! We shared steak tips in a warming and seasonally spicy sauce followed by a 450g venison chateaubriand that was cooked to perfection. There were tasty sauces available (we had béarnaise and caramelised onion) but when the meat is this good the sauce is an afterthought in my mind.
Service was friendly and, above all, correct. Décor set the tone nicely. And there was very good (yet unobtrusive) music that I will contact the owner in order to get details of it.
Can't wait to go back and try some of the other menu items. A true gem. Can't recommend it enough. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and delicious food.
I love this place. The venison tartare is awesome, the bearnaise sauce is genuinely the best I've ever had (after extensive research!) and even my vegetarian friend loved the salads. Such a sweet little place and so different to everywhere else in the area. We didn't know what to order but the staff were lovey and happy to advise us. Can't recommend it enough especially at this price.
Such a refreshing change from your classic Fitzrovia joint with true scottish heritage. The food is mouthwateringly good, from a classic burger to their delicious Veni moo (for bearnaise lovers only) to a range of steak dishes, all accompanied with beef dripping fries. Hands down the most reasonably priced meat joint in Fitzrovia. The staff are unbelievably friendly and fun, creating a neighbourhood hang-out atmosphere that is simply impossible to replicate. 10 out of 10 for Wild Game & Co. what a place.
Great little place - friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and the owners clearly care about their produce (family run). Superb tasty and large steak for a small price, nice sides. Great concept, cheap (but qualitative!) and cheerful, I will be back more than once!
Had an awful experience here. The waiter/owner was rude from the offset, when we asked if our friend qualified for the Movember discount, he accused us of trying to cheat a free side out of a charity donation. He was abrasive and it got our experience off to a bad start.
They do not serve alcohol and you are also not allowed to bring your own, which was disappointing.
Our mains arrived and we were asked if we would like sauces (ketchup etc.) which they gave us the tiniest portions of. One of my group ordered the steak frites (cold) and it came with a minuscule side of bearnaise sauce. When she asked for more, she was later charged for extra sauce. When she complained about the extra charge, instead of taking the tack of 'the customer is always right' (over a measly pound fifty), the waiter/owner decided to fight out the bill and was extremely rude in doing so, saying the likes of 'Sorry that portion of sauce wasn't enough for you, it is for other people'. All over £1!! In reality, due to the cold meal and the sauce faff, I would have expected him to dock her order off the bill. But alas, £1 was scraped off the bill.
WE WILL NEVER BE BACK!