On 6 May 2023, Charles III will officially be crowned King of the United Kingdom in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. It’s set to be a historic moment, with festivities taking place throughout the weekend (helped by the extra bank holiday on 8 May) – from street parties to live entertainment. Naturally, many restaurants will be getting involved too by offering special coronation menus, dishes and cocktails. We’ve rounded up the best below.
London’s Best Coronation Menus
YOPO at The Mandrake
The Mandrake’s South American-inspired restaurant YOPO is offering a special Royal Brunch this weekend, complete with suitably decadent dishes. Each table will be served oysters to begin, alongside small plates of padron peppers and crab tostadas. For mains, guests can choose between dishes like The Kings Royal: hot Scottish salmon on an English muffin with poached eggs and champagne hollandaise; and buckwheat crepes stuffed with wild mushrooms, smoked ricotta and wild garlic. Those after a boozy Bank Holiday weekend can choose to add free-flowing cocktails, rosé or Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
From £70pp, 7 May 2023. themandrake.com
Galvin Bar and Grill
An opulent dining room set within the Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel, Galvin Bar & Grill is a quintessentially British restaurant, spearheaded by Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Its coronation menu kicks off with a brown Windsor soup starter made with oxtail and spelt, followed by Orkney scallop with smoked bacon and apple salad. The main is a Cumbrian fillet of beef wellington served with spring greens and celeriac, ahead of the Galvins’ take on a classic strawberry trifle, made with Nyetimber fizz and served with Scottish shortbread. Diners can pair this with wines chosen by sommelier Alexander Goff – and all guests will receive a special commemorative leather bookmark bearing the Royal insignia.
From £68pp, 2 – 8 May 2023. galvinrestaurants.com
Kings House Chelsea
Where better to celebrate the King’s coronation than Kings House in Chelsea? The restaurant and bar is going big on festivities throughout the weekend, with lots of coronation menus to enjoy in its brand new Garden Bar. There are special royal-inspired cocktails such as the Windsor Garden, made with No 3 Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and ginger syrup; and His Majesty’s Mule, a blend of Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, King’s Ginger and champagne. If you’re called Charles, Charlie or Charlotte, you’ll be given one for free! Also on offer is a special brunch featuring two pancake stacks created especially for the occasion – one sweet, one savoury.
Throughout the weekend. kingshousechelsea.co.uk
The Cinnamon Club
Vivek Singh’s flagship restaurant, The Cinnamon Club in Westminster, is serving a five-course coronation menu this May, combining the best British ingredients with the flavours of India. Take your seat amid the historic venue and tuck into dishes like the King Charles Bangla Scotch Egg and chargrilled venison from Balmoral Estate.
£70pp, 1 – 13 May 2023. cinnamonclub.com
Pop into Leicester Square’s The Londoner to toast to the King with his favourite tipple: a martini. The hotel is transforming its bar The Stage into a pop-up martini bar offering three versions of the cocktail, which can be paired with a plate of oysters for the ultimate luxury treat. Drinks-wise, choose between His Majesty, a mix of Belvedere vodka, Noilly Prat Dry and Veuve Clicquot; Le Français, inspired by the French martini; and the Homage, a tribute to the last Queen Elizabeth II made with gin and Dubonnet.
20 April – 18 May 2023. thelondoner.com
Located just round the corner from Buckingham Palace, The Goring has a strong connection with the Royal Family. It hosted royalty during the Coronations of both George VI and Queen Elizbeth II, and in 2013 the hotel received a Royal Warrant, making it the only hotel to have been granted one for hospitality services. Of course, then, it’s going big on coronation menus. A special afternoon tea will be served on the veranda overlooking The Goring Garden, featuring King Charles’ favourite cakes and sandwiches, with sweet treats adorned with the CRIII insignia, carriages and crowns. In the restaurant, meanwhile, head chef Graham Squire has created both an a la carte and tasting menu focusing on Welsh specialities and foraged ingredients, including the Coddled Clarence Court Egg, and Buttered Morel & Wild Mushroom ‘Vol Au Vent’ with Wild Garlic Hollandaise and Smoked Pancetta.
Afternoon tea: £75pp with a glass of Bollinger Champagne, Coronation Tasting Menu: £140pp. thegoring.com
Coronation festivities at The Ned will take place in Millie’s Lounge, the British restaurant set within the club’s grand banking hall. Head here for a feast fit for a King, featuring a suitably decadent spread of suckling pig, beef ribs, pies, lobsters, mini fish and chips, build your own prawn cocktail and more. There will also be afternoon tea themed desserts like Victoria sponge cake, treacle tart and giant trifles, alongside live music and a roaming brass band.
6 May 2023, £100pp or £160pp with free-flowing Nyetimber wine. thened.com
Mayfair stalwart Claridge’s is often nicknamed the ‘annexe to Buckingham Palace’ thanks to its long royal history – the late Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh often dined there, and it was the location of Charles and Diana’s wedding reception. The hotel has lots going on around the coronation, including a twist on its signature Claridge’s Crest Cake, with the crown on the emblem finished with gold leaf for the week of the Coronation. In The Painter’s Room bar, meanwhile, there will be a special drinks menu reflecting the King’s love for his garden at Highgrove and all things botanical.
London’s second oldest restaurant, Wiltons is a symbol of old-school elegance, making it the perfect spot for a Coronation dinner. A special seven-course coronation menu has been created for the occasion, paying homage to King Charles’ love for organic, homegrown produce (he grows much of his food at his home at Highgrove, and keeps his own chickens). Diners will be treated to dishes like Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Rhug Estate Lamb with Wild Garlic, and Green Apple Sorbet, alongside a wine list curated by Wiltons’ sommelier Monica Bacchiocchi.
1 – 31 May 2023, wiltons.co.uk
100 Wardour Street
Party the bank holiday weekend away at 100 Wardour Street in Soho, which is throwing a big singalong brunch designed to celebrate the best of Britpop. Tuck into a two-course menu of dishes like Moroccan shakshuka, and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, alongside bottomless bubbles – all to the sound of British music icons, from Elton John to Robbie Williams and the Spice Girls.
7 May 2023, designmynight.com
Galvin at Windows
Perched on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows offers spectacular views of the city, including Buckingham Palace. The restaurant is offering a special five-course coronation menu, created by Head Chef Marc Hardiman, with each course including a nod to the King. That includes a twist on baked cheesy eggs, rumoured to be his favourite dish, alongside seasonal vegetables presented as a ‘Garden Patch’ – a homage to his love of nature and gardening. The main course will feature Maran chicken, one of the breeds that the King keeps, followed by a Lemon Cream dessert served with raspberries and meringue.
1 – 6 May 2023, £110pp, galvinatwindows.com
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