The Coronation of His Majesty The King – The menu, the itinerary and everything else!
From the investiture ceremony to the Coronation Big Lunch, the first weekend in May will be full of celebrations for the new monarch!
Many Brits will be gearing up ready for a week of celebrations for the coronation and an added bank holiday on the Monday means many will get to enjoy a nice long weekend. Whether you will be watching it at home, visiting London or watching from the pub garden, Saturday 6th May will see a full packed day for His Majesty and The Queen Consort.
Starting at Westminster Abbey in a procession starting from Buckingham Palace, their majesties will be crowned in the Abbey in London during a service that will be constructed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Buckingham Palace have said that the ceremony will reflect the monarchs role today and look toward the future, while remaining rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.
We know that the most sacred part of the coronation, the anointment, will not be shown on television, as was the same for the late Queen's coronation back in 1953. Although there were many speculations that Charles could be the first to allow the public to view this spectacular moment on TV, this is not the case. There are, however, a few things that His Majesty will be doing differently, such as, the oil that is being used during the ceremony is cruelty-free and will not contain animal products as previous versions have. A welcome change in the eyes of the public!
We all remember those incredible images of thousands of guests squeezed in watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, over 8,00 guests from 129 nations travelled to watch it, but it has been reported that the Kings coronations will be limited to only 2,000 guests to accommodate health & safety restrictions.
Some of the best dishes featuring on the Official Coronation Menu are made using British produce! With that being said, let's delve into some of the fabulous British produce that we stock right here, throughout the year...
Cheddar Valley Strawberries (Code 18008) perfect for that classic Trifle, or maybe even just a bowl of Strawberries and cream (because honestly, can you beat a bowl of Strawberries & Cream?) We know that Scones (Code 33471) are also being served up with Clotted Cream (Code 19001) & Jam, but if you're feeling extra creative you could even use these beauties to make your own jam - It takes some patience and maybe more than one attempt, but the results will definitely be worth it. If not, you HAVE to try the stunningly sweet Strawberry Jam by The Bay Tree. (Code 8461)
Of course Coronation Quiche is also on the menu, and it looks as though they've opted for a good old Spinach filling. Currently our Spinach (Code 2476) is British and the quality is beautiful this time of year. Pair it with a bit of Tarragon and some nice, strong Cheddar Cheese and you've got a Quiche fit for a king, literally! If you haven't seen our incredible range of Cheeses before, we really have some show stoppers! Our Recommendations would be:
Montgomery Cheddar (Code 9311) Vale of Camelot (Code 9216) Davidstow 40month Aged Cheddar (Code 5675) Lye Cross Farm Extra Mature Cheddar (Code 5188)
To name just a few! Even more feature in our Fine Foods Brochure - go take a look.
The main event is set to be a Roast Rack of Lamb cooked by fabulous chef, Ken Hom CBE, served with Roast Potatoes and Green Salad. We don't just stock 1 type of British Potato, we stock over 5 from our incredible friends at Koffmann's (full variety can be found on our website along with codes). Rocket Salad (Code 2722) currently grown in the UK will potentially make an appearance on the plate, more than likely with some other British Salad pieces; maybe even some colourful Heritage Tomatoes. We have a beautiful selection, including our Isle of Wight Heritage mix (Code 35071). If you're recreating this dish yourself we would recommend using our Wye Valley Asparagus (Code 1024) from Cobrey Farms as a side dish, drizzled with some Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper and baked until they're crispy and delicious!
What will you be cooking up for the Coronation? We are secretly hoping for some good weather so we can light up the BBQ and enjoy a Burger, but if not, we will settle for a good old slice of Quiche.
Enjoy that extra bank holiday and don't forget we are still delivering!