The UK is set to enjoy an extra Bank Holiday on Monday, May 8th thanks to the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on Saturday, May 6th. The upcoming long weekend has been eagerly anticipated and is expected to draw much celebration from citizens.
There are plans for grand celebrations for the coronation, including street parties, picnics, and BBQs, featuring classic foods such as posh sandwiches, sausage rolls, trifles, and alcoholic beverages. To make the perfect coronation feast, British grocery stores are offering celebratory food and drink options, including Best of British products packaged in Union Jack wrapping.
One beloved dish likely to be popular is coronation chicken, created by Le Cordon Bleu London for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, which pays tribute to both the previous and incoming monarch. The supermarkets have a variety of sweet and savory treats that will appeal to all guests, whether they are attending a local street party or watching the festivities on TV.
Fortnum’s King’s Coronation Collection
Fortnum & Mason, the Royal grocer, has prepared for King Charles’ coronation with a unique approach, opting for pastel packaging featuring animals and flowers from the Commonwealth instead of the traditional red, white and blue.
They offer a range of products, including teaware, candles, and alcoholic beverages to accompany your coronation feast. For those who want to celebrate with bubbles, Fortnums has a Coronation Brut available in 75cl (£45), Magnum (150cl, £100), and Jeroboam (300cl, £265) sizes.
The store also offers a range of food items, including beautiful biscuit tins (including a special musical one for £35) and tea caddies for a luxurious cuppa. However, Fortnums is most renowned for its hampers, which range from £50 for the Coronation Gift Box to £500 for The King of Picnics basket. By outsourcing your party food to the experts, you’ll be able to feast like royalty.
M&S Coronation Food
M&S has prepared a special Coronation Lunch to mark the momentous celebrations, featuring an array of delectable dishes. Pre-order online and indulge in honey roast ham sausage rolls, crown-topped savory pastries (launching May 3), and a towering Coronation Chicken Club Sandwich (£4.50, available in-store). The store has also released limited edition handcooked crisps in Coronation Chicken flavor (£1.50), perfect for a British picnic.
For those with a sweet tooth, M&S offers commemorative tins of biscuits and tea, giant chocolate coins, and a Coronation Sponge Cake (£10, available April 29).
Asda Coronation Food
Asda is getting ready for the royal celebrations by offering a variety of food, drink, and decorations for a proper party. They provide street party food and BBQ favorites, and the Big Get-Together Bus will be stopping at various points over the May bank holiday to deliver big-name brands to make it easier for you to stock up.
For the coronation feast, Asda’s top picks include the George Home Coronation Cupcake Kit (£2) to add a special touch to your baking, a three-pack ASDA Coronation Party Platter Bundle (£10.50) featuring global cuisine canapes, and ASDA’s Victoria Sponge (£1.45), which pays tribute to another one of the UK’s longest-reigning monarchs.
Morrisons Coronation Food
Morrisons has a range of food and drink options to make celebrating King Charles’ upcoming coronation easier for everyone. They have Food to Order grazing boxes which come in a variety of flavors and serve around 6-8 diners for £10 each. You can also enjoy coronation chicken sandwiches or baguettes and Coronation Chicken Flavour Crisps (£1).
Morrisons’ Coronation Chicken & Pork Slicing Pie (£8) is perfect for feeding a group of up to 10 people. In terms of sweet treats, Morrisons offers themed cupcakes and a giant cookie (£7) iced with the words “Party Like A Royal.” Additionally, you can find limited-edition products like McVities biscuit selection in a Coronation Tin. Morrisons will have sites across the country where you can picnic and watch the coronation.
Sainsbury’s Coronation Food
If you have a sweet tooth, Sainsbury’s has plenty of treats fit for a royal celebration. Their selection includes coronation-themed biscuits, doughnuts, and a cake named King Wiggles (£8).
Sainsbury’s alcohol aisle also has some apt beverages for the occasion, such as the Coronation English Sparkling Wine (£22), Coronation Orange Gin Liqueur (£10), and Coronation Ale, which is a bargain for beer enthusiasts at just £2.50 a bottle.
Waitrose Coronation Food
Waitrose is one of the top stockists of His Majesty’s Duchy Organics range, making it a leading contender to provide a range of coronation-themed products. They are offering special editions for the event, including Belvoir Elderflower Cordial and Presses. Additionally, they have a cream tea assortment perfect for the festivities.
You’ll find The Kings Coronation Berry & Apple Preserve (£2.45), crown-shaped gingerbread biscuits (£1.75), a Jewel the Jack Russell Cake (£9.50) inspired by the King’s favorite dog, and pre-made Coronation Chicken sandwiches (£4) to set the mood.
Tesco Coronation Food
Tesco is gearing up for the upcoming celebrations with a range of products to add to the festivities. The coronation range will include a selection of Tesco Finest products such as the Coronation Pork Pie and sandwiches filled with prawn or coronation chicken. Sweet treats like the Tesco Finest Coronation Raspberry and Peach Bellini Trifle, a special Coronation Celebration Cake, and all-butter shortbread in a commemorative tin (£4.50) will also be available. Clubcard members will be able to enjoy special VIP prices.
Patisserie Valerie King’s Coronation Cake
While scones are great, for coronation tea parties, a cake is a must-have. Patisserie Valerie has created a beautiful and simple sponge cake layered with fresh cream, strawberry cream, and strawberry jam that will delight the whole family. The cake is then adorned with Swiss meringue buttercream and topped with a chocolate crown, macarons, and meringue kisses, all finished off with tiny golden pearls at the base.
McVitie’s Limited Edition Commemorative Biscuit Tin
McVitie’s is celebrating the coronation with a commemorative tin of British biscuits. The tin features family favorites such as milk chocolate digestives, Highland shortbread, jam rings, Custard Creams, and Bourbon Creams, all adorned with a King Charles III scroll along with the month and year of the event.
Cartwright & Butler The Coronation Celebration Hamper
Cartwright & Butler has created a hamper, perfect for the occasion, called the Coronation Celebration Hamper. The hamper comes in a honey-colored wicker basket and is filled with a range of delicious treats, including marmalade, breakfast tea, fruit loaf cake, whisky fudge, and tomato and chili chutney. To mark the celebrations, Cartwright & Butler has even included a bottle of Moet.
Silent Pool Gin Coronation Limited Edition
As you enjoy the coronation ceremonies and traditions, indulge in another British tradition with a golden G&T in hand. Silent Pool has crafted a special Coronation Gin, featuring a commemorative label for the occasion. With a blend of fruity, floral, and herbaceous notes, as well as hints of Earl Grey, it pairs perfectly with a splash of tonic and a wedge of lemon.
The UK is preparing for a Bank Holiday on May 8th to celebrate King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s coronation. People plan to enjoy street parties and picnics, with grocery stores offering themed food and drink. Retailers like Fortnum & Mason and M&S have special collections for the occasion.