The best Platinum Jubilee food

by Great British Chefs 31 May 2022

Looking for the best Jubilee party food? We've got you covered with our selection of spins on great British classics. Whether you're looking to start with coronation chicken and finish with Pimm's jelly, or mix things up with something less traditional, our chefs have the perfect addition to your celebratory spread.

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Sandwiches

Sandwiches are quick and easy to prepare, and it's simple to put a spread of different flavours together so there's something for everyone. We think a daintier sandwich works best for a Jubilee lunch: think afternoon tea and you'll be along the right lines. Check out our full sandwich recipe collection for further inspiration. 

What could be more quintessentially British than a cucumber sandwich? But putting this afternoon tea classic together isn't simply a case of slapping cucumber slices between bread. Make sure you follow our simple recipe to ensure your sandwiches are stellar, not soggy. 

Chef Jeremy Lee has championed the best of British produce for years, bringing the best seasonal ingredients together in simple yet elegant dishes at his restaurant Quo Vadis in London's Soho. This smoked eel sandwich with a bright pink onion pickle has become famous as one of the capital's must-eat sandwiches, and now you can make it at home, too. 

Not much beats a fish finger sandwich! This version from Nathan Outlaw features freshly fried haddock fish fingers and a homemade pea and mint mayonnaise. Pass the chips! 

Rare roast beef and peppery, pungent horseradish are a match made in heaven in this simple sandwich that packs a punch. The addition of earthy beetroot brings depth and texture as well as a burst of glorious purple colour.  

This veggie stuffed picnic loaf is the perfect solution for feeding a group if you're planning on holding your Jubilee party outdoors. Layers of vegetables, cheese and pesto are stuffed inside a hollowed out cob loaf and pressed overnight; simply cut into wedges to serve. 

Salads

A salad will bring some freshness and vibrancy to your Jubilee buffet, and it's worth adding a few so that you've got some contrasting flavours and textures going on. Check out our full collection of salad recipes for further inspiration. 

This coronation chicken salad recipe from Tom Aikens takes the classic sandwich filler and reinvents it as a salad, with chicken bound in a curried mayonnaise and combined with soft butter lettuce. Perfect if you're looking for a coronation recipe that's lighter or gluten free

Those looking for vegan Jubilee recipes should try this coronation cauliflower recipe: cauliflower florets are marinated in curried coconut yoghurt and roasted with soft apricots for a vegan spin on a classic coronation chicken recipe. This recipe makes a great addition to a vegan party food spread. 

Why not pull out all the stops and make this stunning vegetable jubilee recipe from Frances Atkins? Vegetables are bound in a curried mayonnaise, topped with a zingy grapefruit jelly and a crunchy nut mix. If you want to serve an unforgettable Jubilee meal, this dish will ensure it hits the mark! 

Make the most of spring's seasonal ingredients with this pretty garden salad, full of asparagus, peas, radishes and broad beans. It's the dressing that makes this one extra special, though - a home made salad cream to rival any shop bought version. Add eggs to make it more substantial. 

This hearty steak and new potato salad with roasted radishes is guaranteed to impress and fill people up at the same time. The powerful flavour of the brilliant bavette cut of steak means it brings plenty of richness to this satisfying salad. 

Pies

Pies - particularly those made with a sturdy crust - are the ultimate portable picnic and party food. They also work well on a buffet table, or make them the star of the show with a spread of sides and/or salads. Serve with a dot of English mustard, pickles or your favourite side salads. 

This staple of the British picnic season is even better homemade and it looks so impressive served whole and sliced at the table; serve with piccalilli and a sharp green salad

Mini pork pies are just the ticket for a Jubilee picnic or party, especially served with a salad of peppery leaves and bold yet creamy Stilton. They're easy to eat with hands and portable, too. 

These curried cauliflower pasties are ideal for a vegetarian Jubilee option, and the recipe comes from pie and pastry-master Calum Franklin, no less. 

Make the most of all the beautiful green spring vegetables that are in season, by making this stunning spring vegetable pie. This pie would make a great centrepiece for a Jubilee table - serve with a creamy potato salad.

Desserts and sweet treats

What is a Jubilee party without some cakes or biscuits to round off the meal? Choose popular summer fruits like strawberries to hit the right note, or cook a batch of classic biscuits - perfect for dunking into a brew. 

This floral variation on a classic Eton mess combines elderflower cordial with strawberries, cream and mint for an elegant yet crowd-pleasing dessert.

It's hard to beat a classic strawberry cheesecake! Macerating the strawberries before topping the cheesecake gives them a juicy texture and glossy appearance, for a professional patisserie finish. 

A pavlova always brings a bit of drama to the table, and this cherry and pistachio brittle topped version is a real showstopper. 

These quick and easy Rice Krispie cakes are great if you're planning a Jubilee party with kids, although they will be popular with everyone! The orange zest gives them a zesty lift, while the popping candy will get everyone talking. 

What's better than a classic Jammy Dodger biscuit? A peanut butter and jam version, of course. This recipe combines the soft, buttery biscuit everyone knows and loves with smooth peanut butter and your choice of jam (surely it has to be strawberry?!) 

We couldn't include Jammy Dodgers without also giving you a recipe for another British classic: Jaffa Cakes. Sponge circles are topped with orange jelly and dipped in chocolate to make these simple, fun biscuits... or are they cakes?

Cocktails and drinks

You'll need plenty of drinks on hand to get the party started this Jubilee weekend. Why not start with a round of.... 

This summery cocktail uses Jeeves as a fruity base for a punch that can be liberally dressed with fresh fruits - it's guaranteed to kick things off in style. Try mixing up the fresh fruits for an easy variation, or go to town by adding some edible herbs and flowers.  

What better way to toast the occasion than with a glazz of fizz flavoured with the perfume of elderflower. Adding some berries to the glass brings a bit of Jubilee sparkle. 

Apparently, The Queen is partial to a martini before dinner, and we like to think she'd enjoy this riff on an espresso martini from Marcus Eaves. It's guaranteed to keep the festivities going well into the evening, at least!