Published 13th May 2016

Queen’s Birthday Menu

The Queen turned 90 earlier this year and one of the highlights of her birthday celebrations will be the Patron’s Lunch and street party on 12th June 2016.  To coincide with the occasion, we will be offering a special set menu in The Crusting Pipe, Davy’s at St. James’s, Davy’s Wine Vaults and The Boot & Flogger.  The homely menu, available from Monday 6th – Sunday 12th*, will feature some of the dishes that Her Majesty most enjoys eating in the palace.

Wild St. George’s mushrooms on rosemary and Marmite Toast

According to The Daily Telegraph, Owen Hodgson, who worked in the Palace during the 1990s, recalls: “When we cooked the Queen’s mushrooms we always added a smidgen of Marmite.”

Mushrooms and Marmite are both rich in umami, that rich savory taste sensation.  We think the Queen has great taste because they make a delicious combination.

Beef Stroganoff

Darren McGrady, author of Eating Royally, who cooked for the Queen and other members of The Royal Family for 15 years, said that Her Majesty likes things the way they are, all the time.  Our Beef Stroganoff has been made in a centuries-old Palace style which she insists her chefs stick to, and contains virtually none of the onions or paprika which would usually be a prominent ingredients in this dish.

Chocolate biscuit cake with strawberry cream

McGrady also revealed on that the one type of cake the Queen couldn’t get enough of was Chocolate Biscuit Cake:

“The Chocolate Biscuit Cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again every day until it’s all gone,” McGrady said. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”

McGrady says that if a slice were missing, she would notice; and if Her Majesty were travelling to Windsor Castle and there was Chocolate Biscuit Cake left over, the senior chef would follow on a train with the cake in tow.

We’re sure the Queen would love the Davy’s version too.

This special set menu is priced at £15.95 for two courses or £19.95 for three courses.


Book your table below:

The Crusting Pipe, Covent Garden
Davy’s at St. James’s
Davy’s Wine Vaults
, Greenwich
The Boot & Flogger, close to Borough Market