Partridge Off The Menu
Those of you with a penchant for partridge may be a little disappointed this season. Partridge will be off the menu in many of London's top restaurants, because of an outbreak of fowl disease at Fenton Barns farm in East Lothian Scotland.
A government spokeswoman said that the farm was being monitored after the outbreak of Newcastle disease last week. Around 14,000 grey partridges being reared for the table have been culled.
Keith Chalmers Watson, owner of the Fenton Barns farm, said that demand was usually around 18,000 birds for this time of year.
"There will be some disappointment for diners looking for partridge in restaurants between now and Christmas."