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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.
A traditional British menu for 6
Lovely buttery brown shrimps are perfectly matched with tangy cucumber in this easy dish.
This Sunday roast recipe is an extra special version of that firm British favourite – roast beef and Yorkshire puddings.
Crisp and tasty potatoes which really stand out thanks to the fragrant taste of rosemary.
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
This cheese recipe is a fresh, rewarding starter or snack from River Cottage head chef Gill Meller.
This baked cod recipe with a herb crust and tartare sauce has a breadcrumb coating which protects and flavours the fish as it grills.
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.
This posh fruity crumble recipe will impress diners.
A vegetarian British menu
Roasting vegetables will caramelise their natural sugars and intensify the flavour without the need for frying in butter.
A tasty tart recipe (is there any other kind?) bursting with cheesy aromas and summer flavours.
This salad is a perfect and creative way to use baby potatoes and peppers seasonally.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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