With the royal wedding still fresh in everyone’s mind, it’s no wonder that many couples are using the regal ceremony as inspiration when planning their own special day. While sometimes overlooked, creating a stellar menu is one of the most important steps in ensuring that your wedding is a complete success. If you’re looking for something reminiscent of Will and Kate’s spectacular big day, here are 8 traditional English foods fit for a royal wedding.
Mini Pork Pies with Piccalilli
A fabulous finger food offering, these delicious miniature pork pies are best served golden and warm from the oven for your guests to snack on. Brushing the pastry with a sprinkle of sesame seeds not only looks great, but adds flavour as well. Have a small pot of Piccalilli or your favourite pickles on hand as an accompaniment for the pies, and allow guests to help themselves
Golden Scampi with Creamy Tartare Sauce
Another simple yet classic English favourite is Scampi. Crispy beer battered Scampi is easy for guests to eat, and taste amazing. Teamed with a tangy tartare sauce, this tasty seafood treat is bound to be a hit. Try a tempura batter for a lighter, less traditional twist on the original recipe.
Warming Pea and Ham Soup
Great for in between courses, this traditional soup is easy to make and tastes sensational. Serve while still steaming with a fresh crusty baguette or rustic sliced loaf and a side of butter for a warming winter dish your guests will love.
This is a true centrepiece of any special occasion. Mouth-wateringly tender beef fillet wrapped in mushroom duxelle and moist prosciutto, and finally encased in layers of flaky golden puff pastry, the Wellington is a dish everyone will remember. Made famous by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, it is a challenging dish to prepare, however the result is definitely worth the toil.
Beef, Ale and Parsnip Pudding
When you ask people to think of traditional English fare, this has to be high on the list of responses. A hearty meal, this pudding is a great choice for winter weddings, and is simple to create.
Roasted Autumn Vegetables with Lancashire Cheese
A favourite amongst vegetarians, this colourful dish is simply bursting with flavour. Due to its versatility, this dish can also be served as a side with meat roast, for those who are looking for more than the vegetarian option.
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Mini Cherry and Almond Tarts
A cute and tasty take on the traditional Bakewell tarts, these miniature desserts are a great way to finish off a hearty English meal. The perfect combination between pastry and cake, these tangy tarts are light and great for guests with a sweet tooth.
You can’t have tea without scones, so why not include this English staple in your wedding menu. Homely and versatile, you can serve scones with butter, preserves, or jam and whipped cream. Scones are a simply delightful way to treat your guests to a traditional English favourite.
When planning your menu, make sure to take into consideration the dietary requirements of your guests. A simple way of doing so is to ask on the invitation, and allow guests to respond with their RSVP. While on the subject of wedding invitations, remember to match your printed menus to your initial invite theme for a truly cohesive look.
Written by Emma Jane
Emma works as a wedding planner in Sydney. She recently had her own wedding held on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.