What’s on the menu for the Royal Wedding day?
With less than a week to go, the kitchen of the Buckingham Palace is buzzing with preparations for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, no details have yet been announced about the menu or chef for the forthcoming wedding on 29th April.
The Queen will host a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace on which 650 guests are expected to be present. And in the evening, The Prince of Wales will give a private dinner for just 300 close friends and family members.
The 650 royal wedding guests who have been invited to Buckingham Palace shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about which fork to pick up for the fish course. That’s because they are not going to be served a sit-down meal but finger food. The menu is in part a function of the physical limitations of Buckingham Palace kitchens. They are equipped to handle formal dinners for about 150 people, like the one the Queen will give for President Barack Obama in May. In other words the palace is not designed to do a sit-down meal or huge buffet for 600 or 700 people. The reception meal format also absolve the Queen of following the elaborate protocol that goes into a palace seating chart, or what’s the seating order and who sits next to whom.
Guests will feast on 10,000 some canapés, or 15 canapés for each guest. They are designed to be eaten in two bites, which can be handy should a guest need to put one away in order to greet a passing dignitary.
So what guests will have to eat and drink?
It’s a very special occasion, it’s also a very British occasion and bearing in mind the excellent quality of food produced in Britain these days, plus the fact the royal family like to showcase British food, the chances are guest will see lots of it.
Nowadays restaurateurs and food lovers alike put a strong emphasis on the origin of the food. The famous chef Michel Roux Jr. (who runs Le Gavroche and Roux at Parliament Square and sits on the Royal wine-tasting committee) says it will be really nice to see a British sparkling wine, instead of champagne. We couldn’t agree more – take for example the English producers of sparkling wine, such as Ridgeview in Sussex. They recently won the Decanter magazine award for Best Sparkling Wine in the World, beating world famous champagne houses in the process.
Then comes the British sparkling water – perhaps from Malvern, which is said to be the Queen’s favorite; or it could be Scottish sparkling water, much of which is produced in the Ochil Hills, not far from St Andrews where the happy couple studied.
Smoked salmon goes very well with sparkling wine, so recalling the happy couple’s time at university in Scotland, they might enjoy some on their canapés – Scotland is famous for its salmon.
Perhaps the palace kitchens won’t actually have to go as far as Scotland to get the smoked salmon – Formans, in East London, has been smoking salmon for over 100 years.
It’s spring, so it would have to be Welsh Spring Lamb or even more precisely Welsh Salt Marsh Lamb – reckoned to be some of the best lamb you can buy.
If there is a cheese course, the main problem is likely to be – which cheese to choose? There are over 700 named cheeses produced in Britain these days.
Michel Roux Jr. continues: “…and you’d be just getting the start of the asparagus season, so maybe a few asparagus spears alongside the lamb or beef. Delicious.”
Whatever the menu is going to be, we will do our best to find out and will keep you informed what it featured.
For now the most information was officially published about the cakes on the wedding day: There are two official wedding cakes.
The traditional wedding cake will have 16 flowers signifying happiness, tenderness, marriage and many other qualities. The multi-tiered fruit cake will be made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns. All flowers in the cake’s decoration will be edible flowers – an English rose, a Scottish thistle, a Welsh daffodil and an Irish shamrock among the rest. The royal wedding cake is being made under the supervision of the bride Kate Middleton.
The second official wedding cake will be prepared by the chefs from the Welsh National Culinary Team. The cake will be donated to Centrepoint, a charity for homeless young people of which Prince William is patron.
Yet another cake that is made as per the choice of Prince William is the chocolate cake which will be made by using famous McVitie’s “tea biscuits”.
Until we are ready to share more information on what’s on the menu for the Royal Wedding day, you can set yourself in British mood with a cup of good quality English tea, the traditional raspberry flapjacks and dainty lemon cake.