With opening hours extended until 1am across the extra-long weekend from 2 to 6 June, pubs across the country are looking forward to making the most of the bank holiday weekend after two years of closures and thwarted trade.
Coronation chicken is a common theme across many menus – a nod to the classic coronation chicken sandwich which was famously invented for the Queen's coronation in 1953. At the Guinea Grill in Mayfair, central London for instance, a coronation chicken pate en croute will be served at the bar, while a coronation suet crusted chicken pie in the restaurant throughout the big weekend.
What’s more, the Bailiwick in Egham, Surrey will also serve a coronation chicken terrine on the Platinum Jubilee Celebratory menu.
Curated by chef patron Steven Ellis, the tasting menu also features Windsor great park rabbit served with stuffed saddle, rock and wild garlic gnocchi, as well as a concluding course of Eton mess, which takes its name from the prestigious boy’s school, Eton College.
Guests at the Bailiwick can enjoy this quintessentially British cuisine while testing out their knowledge of the royals at the pub’s Sunday Jubilee quiz.
Furthermore, the Parkers Arms in Clitheroe, Lancashire, headed by chef patron Stosie Madi, will also be offering a Jubilee-inspired menu. This will include a HM Jubilee pie complete with shellfish as well as a fish pie encased in a crisp light puff crust and sauced with shell fish bisque.
There will also be a curried chicken terrine on offer at the pub filled with quail eggs on the starter menu, which according to Madi is a “nostalgic nod” to coronation chicken, and strawberries to finish. The dishes will form part of the pub’s seasonal a la carte menu.
Foodies should also make sure to visit Warwickshire gastropub the Cross in Kenilworth, where chef director Adam Bennett has also put together an exclusive Jubilee tasting menu for the historic weekend.
Fit for a Queen
At £95 per head, the menu also includes consommé royale ‘Welsh Gold’ leeks with spring herbs and gold leaf, as well as a Cross coronation chicken salad.
There is also a roast saddle of Cornish lamb available complete with seaweed buttered Jersey royals, peas, lettuce and minted lamb jus, and for dessert, customers can enjoy a dark chocolate tart served with cherries Jubilee and Jersey milk ice cream.
Other pubs have fashioned royal cocktails for the bank holiday weekend. As well as offering a coronation scotch egg, the Blue Boar in Westminster, central London will serve special cocktails including gin-based drink the King’s Peach and a spin on the classics Pimms called St James Summer Cup.
The Loch & Tyne in Old Windsor, Berkshire will also be offering an exclusive cocktail, ‘Tea with the Queen’, made using Tanqueray gin, honey and earl grey as well as hosting a BBQ complete with British burgers and hotdogs as well as coronation rolls with either chicken or crayfish.