Big demand for yorkshire birds
There has been a high demand for Yorkshire grouse this season as widespread shooting cancellations led to a short supply in other parts of the country.
The North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) reported healthy shooting programmes, with birds sent not only to local businesses but also much further afield. In fact, the NYMMO said that three in every four grouse supplied from one of its estates made their way into the kitchens of restaurants across London.
Andrew Dent of L&A Dent Game Dealers, which works closely with NYMMO and the other moorland groups, said: “Each season we take 90 per cent of the grouse available from estates in NYMMO. This year we are down 70 per cent on trade from last year due to the poor season being witnessed throughout the country, so this steady supply of grouse from the North York Moors is vitally important to our business; it would be a disaster without it.
“We run a large-scale operation focusing on supplying the wholesale catering trade both locally and beyond. London is a huge market for grouse, with 80 per cent of our young birds making its way to restaurants throughout the city, 72 per cent of which is grouse supplied from estates within NYMMO.”