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Give our beautiful British recipes a go at your next dinner party.

We’ve got a selection of beautiful British recipes that will transform any picnic, street party or get-together. From jam tarts to miniature Yorkshire puds, this feast really celebrates the best of Britain. 

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We’re bringing a classic coronation dish into the 21st century with this epic salad. Think tender chicken in a creamy spiced dressing, tossed with caramelised pineapple, sweet onions and coriander – it’s a thing of beauty. If you don’t fancy a salad, serve up the individual components as an epic spread, or use them to fill sandwiches. 

Go all out with a pud that’s fit for royalty! If you want to get ahead (or take this to a party elsewhere), macerate the raspberries, bake the meringues and whip up the cream and yoghurt before placing in separate containers, and refrigerating the raspberries and cream until needed. That way, you can assemble your showstopper just before serving.

King Charles’ official coronation dish is a beautiful quiche, so this is Jamie’s nod to that. With wild mushrooms, British cheese and seasonal Jersey Royals, it’s a proper springtime treat. Plus, it transports so well, meaning it’s brilliant for street parties, picnics and buffets. 

Asparagus is only in season for a few weeks of the year in the UK, so we’re putting it front and centre here. Encased in golden pastry with salmon, wild mushrooms and Old Winchester cheese, this is a real celebration of spring – perfect for the bank holiday weekend. 


Every party spread needs a centrepiece, and these two cakes are pretty special. A lemon drizzle cake is a classic crowd-pleaser, but this recipe kicks it up a notch with four layers, and featherlight cream cheese icing. Or, if you want to get super-fancy, give Archie’s royal roulade a go – it’s bursting with fresh strawberries and cream and is an absolute joy to eat.

These Eccles cakes are the perfect little parcels of citrus-and bay-spiked dried fruit wrapped up in flaky puff pastry. You can absolutely make your own pastry from scratch for these, but, if you’re tight for time, shop-bought all-butter puff pastry will be just as nice.

Roast chicken and all the trimmings is really the pinnacle of British food. But, for a party or a picnic, this roast chicken salad with golden crunchy croutons, green beans and sweet cherry tomatoes works so well. Put a big plate of it in the middle of the table (or picnic rug) and let everybody help themselves.

Jam tarts are humble, cheap to make and such a pretty treat. This is a great recipe to do with kids. It’s funny how simple pastry with a blob of jam can turn into something so exciting, with chewy bits, bubbling bits, crunchy bits and jammy jelly bits!

These crispy little Yorkshire puds are served up with creamy smoked trout pâté. You can put the creamy smoked fish in one big serving bowl if you like, but it looks quite sweet to make up a few individual servings in little teacups. However you serve it, your guests will be fighting over it, I promise.

If you want to make some delicious British food, then have a go at these crumbly scones – they’re so simple even a five-year-old could make them. Just remember that the less you touch the dough, the shorter and crumblier your scones will be. Get baking!

This tastes just like buttery Marmite on toast. If you usually spread your Marmite thickly, go for the full two teaspoons – or even more if you’re a real fiend. You’ll only need four ingredients to make a batch of this, so it’s easy on the wallet, too.


It’s almost as easy to make these pretty smoked salmon toasts for 20 people as it is for two. The bite of the radishes and fragrance of the dill elevate a quick snack to something really special. If you want to take things to the next level, ditch the shop-bought smoked salmon and make your own beetroot-cured gravadlax. Epic!

This mackerel pâté is really simple to whiz together and utterly delicious. Paired with a stack of griddled toast and quick cress salad, this is proper grown-up party food. If you want to go all out, swap the mackerel for smoked salmon. Hot-smoked trout would also work a treat.

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