The Crown has returned to Netflix and Prince Harry is finally getting married. It’s safe to say the whole world has gone slightly nutty for all things royal – again. With the Queen’s supposed marital dramas the talk of the town, we've taken a look at some of the most regal dining haunts her and the family have been spotted in, in the 66 years since she became Queen.
From Fortnums to The Ivy, here’s where to live it up like Liz.
Few London hotels match Claridge's elegance and sophistication. A permanent fixture in the history of the royal family, the 5-star luxury Brook Street establishment has hosted Liz numerous times. Her last visit was in February 2016 when she attended a Gold Service Scholarship to honour the UK’s best young waiting staff. Turning up in an elegant two-piece golden suit teamed with pearls, Her Maj was pictured enjoying innumerable canapes and a few flutes of champagne. The 91-year-old monarch has also had a few private shindigs, but sadly, nobody knows what went on inside.
This Bury Street art-deco beauty was the first public restaurant in the nation to host the Queen post her coronation in 1952. Back then, this was big news as no other public restaurant in recorded history had ever hosted a reigning or ruling British monarch. Elegant, modern, and highly Instagrammable, three course, lunch, brunch and a la carte menus with lots of bubbles are on offer. Think pressed chicken and herb terrine, saffron risotto and toasted brioche crème brulees. One obvious dish to try? The eggs royal, obviously.
This hotel restaurant is steeped in so much royal history that its menu features one of the late Queen Mum’s favourite starters: Egg drumkilbo. A slice of quintessential Englishness plonked just around the corner from Buckingham Palace (how convenient), the Queen has probably visited this glitzy hotel restaurant more than any other. It’s probably because The Goring boasts a very secret side entrance she can easily slip through – handy when you’re Queen, we imagine. Monarchs aside, you might also remember that the Middleton’s took over the place before the big Royal Wedding in 2011. We just wish we knew what they ate…
Who can forget the time The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge trapsed through Fortnum & Mason during Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year – it was all over the papers, Instagram, the lot. The famous department store have been purveyors of all things royal for yonks. From tea blends to cakes, shortbread biscuits and hampers fit for a monarch (quite literally), royal-themed tea rooms await in this glorious Piccadilly hangout to the stars (and us commoners, of course).
The Queen visited this iconic west haunt in May of this year to celebrate a friend's birthday. Other royal guests included her cousin, Prince Michael of Kent and his wife Marie Christine, the Princess Michael of Kent. It would have all been quite the glamorous affair seeing that the restaurant underwent a dramatic facelift two years ago to celebrate the restaurants 100th anniversary. If you’ve never been, expect all sorts from market fish to grilled calves’ liver gracing The Ivy's formidably good menu.
The Queen first visited Mayfair haunt Bellamy's for her 80th birthday. It must have been good because she returned a decade later with Princess Anne and cousin, Princess Alexandra for dinner. If you want to eat like a queen for the evening, order the smoked eel mousse, which is what the Queen herself ate on her visit. If that’s not your sort of thing, rillettes of duck, salad of artichoke heart, fillets of Dover sole and sliced entrecote of beef are also on offer. Wash all of it down as the crown would with an exclusive wine list represented by the regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone.
Launceston Place is quite the British classic. There’s no record of the Queen ever visiting, but it was a favourite of her former daughter-in-law, Princess Diana, who apparently used to appreciate the discretion and small rooms afforded to her during visits. Loved by restaurant staff past and present, the late princess had a cheese soufflé named in her honour. Now headed by one of the country’s youngest and fastest rising culinary stars, Ben Murphy, mains on the £55 three-course a la carte dinner menu include cod with ink and Jerusalem artichoke and lemon. A seven course tasting menu and three-course set lunch menu are also available.