What's in the Queen's shopping trolley?

Updated on 01 June 2012 | 0 Comments

Want to eat like the queen? Check out our menu suggestion, using *only* ingredients delivered directly to Buckingham Palace!

What is a Royal Warrant?

warrantRecognise this posh seal? Maybe on top of a ketchup bottle? It means that, as well as on the supermarket shelves, that product will also be in the Royal Household’s pantry. Or in other words, the Queen probably eats or drinks it.

Ever since the Middle Ages the Sovereign has given formal recognition to tradesmen who provide the royal household; nowadays, it’s Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales who can grant royal warrants to their favourite companies or tradespeople (currently there’s around 800 royal warrant holders). The warrant is initially granted for five years, and once you have it you can display the Royal coat of Arms on your product.  

So to mark the Diamond Jubilee, why not try eating like the queen for a day? We’ve got breakfast, lunch, dinner, booze and chocolates planned… so prepare yourself for a right royal feast.


cerealContinental or full English? Her Majesty enjoys both. For the former, choose Kellogg’s cereal and toasted Fisher & Donaldson  bread (based in Fife – but they deliver!), spread with Wilkin & Sons jam… maybe their strawberry and champagne flavour would be most fitting?

If you prefer it hot, get your sausages from Fairfax Meadow, serve with (it has to be) Heinz baked beans and a big splodge of Heinz tomato ketchup, or HP Foods brown sauce. And copious cups of tea and coffee of course, from the folks up North – Taylors of Harrogate.


biscuitWe fancy some delicate slivers of smoked salmon, all the way from Scotland’s Inverawe Smokehouse, with the best lemon money can buy from Fortnum & Mason. Or, for something that won’t break the bank, how about McVitie’s biscuits with a chunk of Paxton and Whitfield cheese.


curryLet’s go all out British, with a huge hunk of well-bred meat from Cobb of Knightsbridge and lashings of proper English mustard from Colman’s of Norwich… none of that French foreign muck. Our cheaper option would be curry-from-a-jar – a Sharwood’s jar, to be exact.



beerWhere to start? The Royals do enjoy a good tipple. Let’s take it alphabetically… join James Bond in a Bacardi-Martini Martini; go Gordon’s with your gin & tonic; enjoy John Walker & Sons whisky with an after-dinner cigar; celebrate with Laurent-Perrier champagne; drink Strongbow cider with the locals; and toast Great Britain with more champagne, this time from Veuve Clicquot.   


cadburyIf our research is anything to go by, Buckingham Palace is ripping at the seams with booze and chocolates. Good ol’ Cadbury is in there, and you should offer guests an after-dinner Bendicks bitter mint to refresh the palate. Prestat choccies are great with a movie, or if Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are coming round for coffee, best crack out the posh Charbonnel et Walker fine English chocolates.

Have you any royal warrant grub in your cupboards? And which English food product do you think is most worthy of a warrant? Talk to us in the comments box below…

Main royal warrant image courtesy of Wikipedia

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