Coronation Food Launches
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We're talking gin, biscuits, hampers and more!
Any royal event is an excellent excuse to stock up on some lovely commemorative bits for your pantry/fridge/bar. The Platinum Jubilee provided us with some unique and tasty bits to tuck into, so why would a once-in-a-lifetime Coronation be any different?
Major brands like Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury's and Fortnum & Mason have already launched some gorgeous Coronation-themed biscuits, hampers, chocolates and even booze, and we can't wait to see what else is in store.
Keep reading for our favourite picks of the 2023 Coronation food and drink launches.
When is the King's Coronation?
King Charles' Coronation will kick off on Saturday 6th May and will be held at Westminster Abbey. It's not yet been announced when the celebrations will officially begin, but back in 1953 the Queen's Coronation started at 11.15am, so we're expecting something similar.
When is the King's Coronation bank holiday?
As the Coronation itself will take place on the weekend, the bank holiday we get to Celebrate will fall on Monday 8th May.
When was the Queen's Coronation?
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 in Westminster Abbey, so King Charles' Coronation will be taking place almost exactly 70 years after his mother's.
Will there be a Coronation medal?
Yes! There will be. King Charles himself will get one on the big day, as is customary on big royal occasions and events, and as with most Coronation medals, a selected number will be given out to members of the royal family, selected members of the royal household, government and state officials, public servants, mayors, the army, police, and more, as souvenirs for the historic event.
So, what's the best way to celebrate the Coronation?
Whatever your style, there's a fun way to celebrate the historical event. We've got Coronation recipes to suit any occasion, from a dinner party and drinks vibe to afternoon tea or even a street party. If the weather's good then a Coronation picnic could be in order, or even a royal knees up at a Coronation-themed BBQ.
Whether you're sticking indoors with classic British recipes or heading into the great outdoors, picnic hamper and rug in hand, we're sure you'll have a jolly old time whatever the weather. If you are going trad, then our ultimate Coronation Chicken recipe isn't to be missed!
If you'll be chilling at home watching proceedings on the TV, then our ultimate guide to all the Coronation food and drink products you'll ever need as sofa snacks and drinks are listed below...
Made in collaboration with Herefordshire based Penhros Spirits, the new flavoured gin liqueur is expertly blended with handpicked British strawberries that would have otherwise gone to waste.
It's what it says on the tin (or bottle). King-themed ketchup. You can buy it online from 9an on 26th April alongside other Coronation bundle goodies.
It wouldn't be a special occasion without a Colin the Caterpillar now, would it? Made with the classic chocolatey sponge cake, filled with chocolate buttercream, covered in milk chocolate with edible decorations and adorned with his very own golden crown, this Colin is the ideal addition to any afternoon tea or street party.
With Coronation bottles released for Edward VII (1902), George V (1911) and George VI (1937) and Elizabeth II (1953), it's no surprise the Royal Warrant-granted house is releasing a special limited edition Coronation bottling for King Charles. It's fresh, fruity and citrus-laden. Ideal for starting any party!
A nod to our new King's Royal Navy service, this specially commissioned rum is sourced from Caribbean distilleries, and has notes of tropical fruits, molasses, and sweet spices.
Gin from the actual Buckingham Palace? You can't get any more Coronation-vibes than that. It's made with botanicals from the palace gardens, which includes hawthorn berries and lemon verbena. G&Ts all round!
Nyetimber is the GOAT when it comes to English sparkling wine, and they've released a gorgeous special Coronation edition to celebrate the big day. It's fruity, elegant and pairs perfectly with party canapés.
These cute vanilla sponge cupcakes are adorned with only the most patriotic of red, white and blue decorations. And they're only £4 for six!
If you're looking for an easy win for a street party or homemade afternoon tea, these cupcakes are the best thing ever. In a pack, you'll get six chocolate and vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate and vanilla buttercream. Decorated with milk chocolate crowns, edible petals, sugar paste royal decorations, edible gold paint, a milk chocolate truffle and gold pearls. What a treat!
A red, white and blue cuppa? Surely not. Well, Whittard of Chelsea have truly outdone themselves with this Regal Blend made specifically for the Coronation. It's a rich loose leaf black tea blended with Madagascan vanilla and red, white and blue petals. How very Great British!
English winemakers Hattingley Valley have released two special edition sparkling bottles for the Coronation, including this rosé - a first for Hattingley. There's loads of red apple and strawberries going on, as well as plenty of acidity and zestiness, making it a delicious pairing for nibbles on the big day.
Make your mornings a little more... Coronation-themed with a lovely cuppa from this commemorative tea caddy.
Who doesn't love a traybake? This one's got cute Jack Russell faces and crowns for ultimate Coronation vibes.
Have you SEEN a cuter cake? Apparently the King and Queen Consort have two rescue Jack Russell Terriers called Beth and Bluebell, so this cake honours them. Plus, £1 from the sale of each cake will go to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
A Bakewell tart is a British teatime classic, so why not distill the flavours down into a delicious popcorn snack? That's exactly what gourmet popcorn purveyors Joe & Seph's have done, and it sounds like the perfect sofa session treat.
Inspired by London's rich gin distilling history, this special box contains two lovely gins to sip on over the bank holiday weekend. The Coronation Gin has hints of rosehip, cardamom, chamomile and orange peel before resting in Laphroaig whisky casks (one of His Majesty's favourite tipples), and the Hot Honey Gin incorporates honey harvested from the London's Eco-friendly Room2 Hotel.
This berry and apple jam fit for a King from Waitrose will 100% be on our shopping list.
Our favourite classic chocolate brand Cadbury has revealed a special range of limited edition chocolate bars that look almost too good to unwrap.
Available in-store in most retailers from April.
Can't be bothered to whip up a batch of Coronation-themed bakes? Well, these cute cupcakes from Morrisons are your saviour.
Available in-store from 24th April.
Biscuits are going to be the staple food of the Coronation weekend (great with a cuppa in front of the telly, obvs) so we're thrilled to see these cute crown-decorated biccies from Morrisons hitting the shelves.
Available in-store from 24th April.
Louella is Delish UK's writer, and has years of experience writing about food and wine, but began her career working front of house at Salon restaurant in Brixton, London, where she developed a real passion for food, wine, and hospitality. Outside of the office, you can usually find Louella in the kitchen cooking for friends, performing very badly in pub quizzes, or shaking up a margarita or two.
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