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Eating Out: Foodie Jubilee specials to book now




Many of our home-grown eateries and fabulous foodie brands are marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with culinary tributes. Velvet looks forward to a royal feast

Where? Bitesize Bakehouse at bitesizebakehouse.com and @bitesizebakehouse

What’s on the menu? An English Summertime Marshmallow Box

Tell us more: A box of the fluffiest marshmallows you have likely ever tried. Half are swirled with juicy strawberry puree and topped with a freeze-dried strawberry slice for a bit of balance. These are paired with decadent Saffron Grange’s Cuvée marshmallows which are finished with a little gold leaf for maximum wow.

When is it available? From 1 May

How much? £10.50 for a box of eight, £20 for a box of 16. Contact direct for larger bespoke, wholesale or corporate orders

What was the inspiration? I have made winter seasonal mixed boxes for the last few years but this is the first summer box. For my opening gambit and first foray into summer seasonal marshmallow boxes I really wanted to celebrate quintessential English summer flavours that come to mind when I think of sweet treats. For me, that is strawberry and some variation of a bubbly beverage. A home grown gorgeous English sparkling wine that is created just around the corner in Saffron Walden, Saffron Grange, seemed like the obvious choice. Not only is their Cuvée delicious, working with another local business aligns perfectly with my business values. It was a match made in heaven from my first batch and I haven’t looked back.

The Swan Lavenham (56349316)
The Swan Lavenham (56349316)

Where? The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa, High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk, see theswanatlavenham.co.uk and @lavenhamswan

What’s on the menu? Fit for a Queen Jubilee Afternoon Tea

Tell us more: Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches followed by plain and sultana scones, topped with clotted cream and jam. The selection of specially created ‘royal’ cakes includes a Queen Elizabeth cake, ‘Dubonnet cocktail’ macaroon, cherry and vanilla Battenburg and a chocolate biscuit cake all paired with unlimited refills of your choice of Novus teas or coffee – all served on bespoke Royal Worcester fine bone china

When is it available? Served from 12 noon to 4pm, and 2.30pm to 4pm on Sundays

How much? £25 per person or £39.50 with an added glass of Champagne to toast Her Majesty

What was the inspiration? Creating a celebratory afternoon tea featuring sweet and savoury delights worthy of a royal tea party

Bury St Biscuits (56349295)
Bury St Biscuits (56349295)

Where? Bury St Biscuits at @burystbiscuits

What’s on the menu? Majestic and resplendent biscuits fit for a Queen

Tell us more: Only the best ingredients (top secret) and my fabulous vanilla ROYAL icing

When is it available? There are a limited number of these sets available

How much? £35

What was the inspiration? Our dear Queenie

Folio Bar and Kitchen (56349297)
Folio Bar and Kitchen (56349297)

Where? The Folio Bar & Kitchen at The Fellows House, 33 Milton Road, Cambridge at thefoliobarandkitchen.com and @thefoliobarandkitchen

What’s on the menu? Platinum Jubilee Specials

Tell us more: Beef carpaccio with mustard, capers and arugula salad with a drizzle of truffle oil and braised duck with broad beans, peas, green peppers, asparagus and heritage carrot chips with a pickled asparagus purée will be served

When is it available? From 2 to 5 June

How much? £51 for the two dishes including a glass of sparkling wine.

What was the inspiration? Head chef Gopal Jha wanted to showcase seasonal local produce – the best of British. This beautifully balanced dish combines the finest seasonal ingredients and is certainly fit for a queen

Fitzbillies (56349302)
Fitzbillies (56349302)

Where? Fitzbillies, Trumpington Street and Bridge Street, Cambridge at fitzbillies.com and @fitzbillies

What’s on the menu? Fitzbillies Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea

Tell us more: Our special Jubilee Afternoon Tea includes a coronation chicken sandwich, along with smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches. Coronation chicken was first served at the Queen’s coronation banquet in 1953. The selection of cakes includes a red, white and blue macaron, a strawberry tartlet and a mini Queen Elizabeth cake. Queen Elizabeth cake is a deliciously moist cake made with dates and spices, topped with an orange and coconut frosting. It was first made for the Queen’s coronation in June 1953 and remains extremely popular in Canada. We’re delighted to have brought it back to the UK. And of course no afternoon tea is complete without a scone with raspberry jam and clotted cream – add a glass of champagne for a proper royal celebration. We will also be selling our red white and blue macarons individually and in boxes of six and the Queen Elizabeth cakes and red velvet Jubilee cupcakes will be available in the cake shop

When is it available? Monday 30 May to Sunday 5 June

How much? Without Champagne, £23.95, with Champagne, £31.95

What was the inspiration? We took inspiration for the Queen Elizabeth cake and the recipe for it from Chatelaine. Chatelaine is a Canadian women’s magazine – the recipe is in the June 1953 issue, the month of the coronation

Where? Lorenzo’s X Gnawtybites, The Grey House, Marsh Lane, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon at @thegreyhouse_hemingford and The Grey House Coffee & Co

What’s on the menu? The Queen’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea

Tell us more: Enjoy mini Grain Culture bread rolls filled with cream cheese and cucumber, Fenstanton Butchers sliced ham and mustard mayo, Rennet & Rind cheese and chutney and sausage rolls followed by cake of the day and of course scones with jam and cream/lemon curd, all washed down with prosecco or sparkling elderflower punch. Pots of tea are plentiful too.

When is it available? Saturday 4 June, all day from 9am to 4pm

How much? Prosecco/elderflower punch afternoon tea £25 or cream tea (a drink and scone with jam cream/ lemon curd) £12

What was the inspiration? We were inspired by a remarkable milestone and the first thing we thought of when we decided to do something to celebrate was afternoon tea and bunting! Very British of us, we know.

HoneyShed (56349310)
HoneyShed (56349310)

Where? HoneyShed Bakery at honeyshedbakery.co.uk and @honeyshedbakery

What’s on the menu? Jubilee Afternoon Tea

Tell us more: Take a trip through British food. Start with savouries including a variety of classic finger sandwiches on brown and white bread, including coronation chicken, ham and Coleman’s mustard, cucumber, cheese and pickle or egg mayonnaise and cress and mini sausage rolls with brown sauce, followed by plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, accompanied by a mini Victoria sponge cake, a slice of Bakewell tart and coffee and walnut flapjack bites, all served with lashings of Earl Grey or English breakfast tea

When is it available? Available to pre-book from the 10 May to be picked up or delivered and enjoyed exclusively from 2 to 4 June

How much does it cost? £20 per serving

What was the inspiration? I found great inspiration in British classic food to put together this once-in-a-lifetime afternoon tea. It cannot get more classical than enjoying a Victoria sponge or a slice of a Bakewell tart – all great foods to celebrate this truly special occasion

Jolie Picnic (56349312)
Jolie Picnic (56349312)

Where? Jolie Patisserie, 9 Rose and Crown Walk, Saffron Walden at @jolie.saffronwalden

What’s on the menu? Jubilee Picnics

Tell us more: Jolie’s beautiful artisan picnics, feature local produce and supporting our fellow small business in Saffron Walden, Sage and Saffron. Delicious handmade scotch eggs, pork pie and sausage roll with olives, cheese, bread from The Loaf Tin and all the accompaniments you could need come in a beautiful wicker basket and pretty rug to relax on. Just add some Jubilee inspired macarons or cupcakes to finish off and your choice of a bottle of wine or soft drinks. Jolie presents the perfect picnic to enjoy while taking in the Jubilee celebrations on the common.

How much? Prices start from £28 for two people

When is it available? Available to pre-order from 1 May

What was the inspiration? We were inspired to put a French twist on a classic British delight – nothing says British summertime more than a pretty picnic in a beautiful setting on a summer’s day


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