Game winners

Two Borders restaurants and an Ayrshire inn have been named the best game restaurants in Scotland in the first-ever What's Your Game? competition, sponsored by Braehead Foods and Highland Game. The competition, which was judged by members of the Scottish Small Game Group and the independent body EatScotland, drew entries from pubs, restaurants, hotels and inns across the country.

The judges were interested both in the use of seasonal game on the menu and the understanding among staff of its provenance. The Lodge at Carfraemill near Lauder won first prize, impressing judges with the variety of game on menus year-round. In December, when judges visited The Lodge, dishes on offer included wild rabbit terrine, roast pheasant from a neighbouring shoot and wild venison, about which the staff displayed a definitive knowledge.

The head chef, sous chef and restaurant manager from The Lodge will enjoy the first prize of a three-day shooting and stalking experience in Perthshire with two of Gordon Ramsay's head chefs.

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