Harissa Spiced Partridge

The White Hart at Somerton’s Harissa Spiced Partridge was devised by Head Chef Tom Blake. Tom was Head Chef at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls River Cottage before moving to the White Hart.

His philosophy is simple: ‘take good, organic, local ingredients and let them sing’

The White Hart has been trading as a pub since the 16th century and was totally renovated in 2103. The pub sits on the market square Somerton in Somerset and has eight stunning bedrooms


Tom also oversees the Swann Inn in Wedmore.

Tom says ‘there is nothing quite as intoxicating as the heady smell of roasting harissa spices’ The paste keeps well in the fridge for several weeks. Smeared on these partridge it gives them a real depth and warmth of flavour.

Tom recommends serving them on fragrant spiced potatoes with a fresh and minty yoghurt. Partridge takes 20 minutes to roast in the oven so is perfect for  a mid week dinner.

We recommend you make the harissa paste for the taste, but for ease it can be brought in your local deli or supermarket.

Harissa Spiced Partridge

Harissa spiced partridge with fragrant spiced potatoes and squash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Partridge
Servings 4


  • 4 partridge
  • 1/2 glass dry white wine
  • 400 grams jersey royal potatoes cooked skins on or off
  • 1 butternut squash peeled and diced 1 inch squares
  • 2 cardamom pods cracked
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds toasted
  • handful fresh coriander chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated

For the harissa paste

  • 250 grams fresh red chillies
  • sea salt
  • 3 tsp heaped ground caraway
  • 3 tsp heaped ground cumin
  • 1 tsp heaped ground coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp smoked paprika


  • For the paste: Grill the chillies and remove the skins
    Blend all the ingredients together in a mixer into a thick paste.
  • Pre-heat the oven 180c.
    Place the chopped potatoes, butternut squash, caraway, cardamom and garlic into a heavy based tray. Dress with rapeseed oil and season
    Roast in the oven until the vegetables start to caramelise then remove from the oven (20-25 mins)
  • For the birds: Rub 1 level tsp of the harissa paste onto each bird (more if you like it spicy)
    Roast the birds for 18 mins. and then leave to rest
  • Place the roasting tin on the stove and de-glaze with the wine. Let the wine and roasting juice bubble down to make a sweet and spicy sauce.
    Put the potatoes and squash back in the oven to crisp up whilst the bird is resting and you are making the sauce.
    Serve with a fresh minty yoghurt
Keyword Partridge