British dinner party menus

Once the laughing stock of global cuisine, British food has had a resurgence and British recipes are fast becoming favourites. Here are three British menus – traditional, contemporary and vegetarian.

British dinner party menus

A traditional British menu for 6

Potted shrimps with pickled cucumber

Potted shrimps with pickled cucumber

Lovely buttery brown shrimps are perfectly matched with tangy cucumber in this easy dish.

Roast sirloin with Yorkshire puddings

Roast sirloin with Yorkshire puddings

This Sunday roast recipe is an extra special version of that firm British favourite – roast beef and Yorkshire puddings.

Rosemary roasted potatoes

Rosemary roasted potatoes

Crisp and tasty potatoes which really stand out thanks to the fragrant taste of rosemary.

Sussex pond pudding

Sussex pond pudding

This is an intensely lemony sponge; ideal for people who don’t want too much sweetness in a pud.

 


A contemporary British menu for 4

Home-made ricotta with basil, chilli, and lemon

Home-made ricotta with basil, chilli, and lemon

This cheese recipe is a fresh, rewarding starter or snack from River Cottage head chef Gill Meller.

Baked cod with a herb crust and tartare sauce

Baked cod with a herb crust and tartare sauce

This baked cod recipe with a herb crust and tartare sauce has a breadcrumb coating which protects and flavours the fish as it grills.

Sweet potato and chilli chips

Sweet potato and chilli chips

Give yourself a break from heavy, rich dishes and try this light and tasty side dish instead. This dish goes with burgers or home-made fish fingers as a lighter option than regular chips.

Spicy apple and pear crumbles with blackberry cream

Spicy apple and pear crumbles with blackberry cream

This posh fruity crumble, in individual servings, is a recipe to impress.

 


A vegetarian British menu

Roasted vegetable soup with walnut and sage pesto

Roasted vegetable soup with walnut and sage pesto

Roasting vegetables will caramelise their natural sugars and intensify the flavour without the need for frying in butter.

Courgette, goat’s cheese and mint tart in a cheesy pastry crust

Courgette, goat’s cheese and mint tart in a cheesy pastry crust

A tasty tart recipe (is there any other kind?) bursting with cheesy aromas and summer flavours.

Baby potato and pepper salad

Baby potato and pepper salad

This salad is a perfect and creative way to use baby potatoes and peppers seasonally.

Gluten-free Bakewell Pudding (Tart)

Gluten-free Bakewell Pudding (Tart)

Phil Vickery's gluten-free recipe has no flour and relies on almonds and eggs to get a lovely pudding. The centre will sink considerably but that’s quite normal.

 


More dinner party inspiration

Italian dinner party menus

Italian dinner party menus

Italian recipes are loved by all so an Italian dinner party is always a winner. We have four Italian dinner party menus for you to peruse, including vegetarian dishes to suit all palates.

The amazing 30 minute Thai menu

The amazing 30 minute Thai menu

Who says entertaining midweek has to be stressful? Create an impressive Thai feast in just half an hour, so you can take it easy when your guests arrive.

One hour menu

One hour menu

Only got an hour to make three delicious courses? Not a problem, try one of these simple menus for friends, family or just for two.

A Greek grill fast menu

A Greek grill fast menu

Fire up the grill or barbecue for this satisfying summer menu of kebabs and salad, followed by a classic gooseberry fool, ready in about an hour.

Lamb in less than 30 minutes

Lamb in less than 30 minutes

Here's a variety of quick lamb recipes, including homely British dishes and spicy Indian-style suppers, so now you have some ideas for those lamb chops.

 

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