Virtual discoveries: at home menu tasting – create UK food and drink delights

Thursday 11 June 2020

We might all be missing the culinary creations chefs prepare at our events, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the great tastes of the UK. Try these delicious recipes for inspiration for your next event menu, from leading UK event destinations and caterers.


Get baking with Bread Ahead, Borough Market, London

The Haxby Bakehouse. York's artisan bakery, North Yorkshire, England. High angle close up of wooden rolling pin, portions of dough and bowl of flour.

The renowned Bread Ahead Bakery School is bringing their popular baking lessons to your home with online tutorials. A favourite spot in London’s foodie heaven Borough Market, Bread Ahead offers online tutorials. From muffins, sourdough, pretzels, donuts, focaccia and more, see how baking bread can invigorate your senses and inspire your next team building activity. Get baking at Bread Ahead’s Online Baking Workshops.


Welsh cakes

Wherever you go in Wales, chances are a Welsh cake will be on the menu. People usually have their own family recipe, but the standard version is a small round of cake packed with dried fruit and dusted with sugar. They’re sometimes known locally as bakestones, as they were originally cooked on a bakestone – an early type of griddle. Welsh cakes are the perfect sweet treat for a standing reception, or easily gift packed for delegate gift packs. To sample these Welsh delights, try this at-home recipe for the classic Welsh cakes, courtesy of the Visit Wales website.


Bristol food scene in 360

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, hot air balloons lifting off in the air above the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge, Bristol, England.

Explore the tastes of England’s West Country, famous for its farm fresh local produce, artisan suppliers and market stalls. Although famous for its cheese, Bristol’s food scene offers so much more.  Explore this 360 tour and take in Bristol’s foodie hotspots and stunning vistas including the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, the lively St Nicholas Market, the critically-acclaimed The Lido Restaurant, or the eclectic Mud Dock café. Explore the tour at VisitBristol’s website.


Rhubarb Hospitality Collection’s Greek yoghurt and lemon cake

Leading UK restaurant and catering group Rhubarb has shared a delicious Greek yoghurt and lemon cake – a popular favourite on event menus. The white icing is a perfect for events, giving you a blank canvas for branding. This light cake is great for summer baking and can be beautifully garnished with lemon zest, crushed pistachios or edible flowers. Visit the Rhubarb website to create your cake


Mixology from home

Couple enjoying a day out in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, toasting with Gin & Tonics.

The UK has a proud history of creating some of the world’s finest spirits. Bars and distilleries across the country are sharing a taste of their creations with virtual mixology classes.

Nothing beats the crisp taste of British gin, but take this classic drink to the next level with Brighton Gin’s gin cocktail recipes, including home-made syrups and extras. Craft your own perfect drinks menu for your next event at the Brighton Gin website.

Get hands-on guidance with the Cotswolds Distillery’s live sessions, with gin and whisky cocktail masterclasses and live performances from local musicians, giving you a real taste of this beautiful part of the UK. See the latest virtual events as well as their onsite venue at the Cotswolds Distillery’s Facebook page


Master the British classic, Beef Wellington

One of Britain’s most classic dishes, Beef Wellington is a great way to celebrate a quality cut of beef, retaining its flavour within puff pastry. It is thought the name ‘Beef Wellington’ originated from the resemblance the dish as to the wellington boot.  Courtesy of Hampshire Fare, the chef at the prestigious hotel Chewton Glen has shared its recipe individual Beef Wellington – bringing the hotel’s fine dining to your own home – get baking at the Hampshire Fare website.


Scottish Whisky tours

You may not be able to visit, but you can still explore Scotland’s many high-quality whisky distilleries with 360 virtual tours.

Scotland’s oldest working distillery The Glenturret offers immersive virtual tours with staff talking you through various stages of the process.

Talisker – a waterfront distillery located on the picturesque Isle of Skye – has a virtual tour of its distillery where you can see its wild, remote surroundings.

Located on the Islay on the West Coast of Scotland, Laphroaig gives you an indepth 360 tour of its distillery. Meet the team and feel the Scottish pride from your own home.

To accompany your Scottish whisky experience, explore the Scottish Recipe Collection and its collection of whisky-based recipes with its large collection of traditional Scottish ingredients in mouth-watering, modern recipes. View the recipe book online.


Soda Bread Focaccia

Soda bread is easy to make, so try this traditional Northern Irish recipe with a twist, straight from Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen who offers hands-on cooking and tasting experiences. Specialising in bread making, Tracey gives a personal how-to guide on making this easy recipe from home. Visit the Discover Northern Ireland website for more.


Afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at Palé Hall, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, Wales

Finally, create the fundamental part of a British afternoon tea with this traditional scone recipe. And decide for yourself the long debate which goes first, the jam or the clotted cream. Enjoyed best with a well brewed cup of English tea – using this handy guide to create the perfect brew. Complete the afternoon tea with a mix of small sandwiches and petit fours.

British scone recipe:

Ingredients for about 8 scones (4 people):

- 230g of flour

- 150ml of milk

- 60g butter, diced

- 25g of sugar

- 1 egg

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 1 pinch of salt

Preparation of the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Butter a baking sheet or cover it with a piece of parchment paper.

Evenly mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl, then pour in the milk. Add the cold butter cubes, without melting them, then knead to obtain a smooth dough.

Roll out the dough to about 2 cm thick on a surface coated in flour. Cut out discs with a glass or a large round cookie cutter.

Brush the scones with the egg mixed with a little milk.

Bake on the middle rack until the scones are lifted and slightly golden brown, usually taking between 15 and 20 minutes. Adjust the duration according to your oven!

Taste the warm scones with a good tea, milk, jam and clotted cream.

Note - Clotted cream is not always easy to find outside of the UK. It is a thick cream (with 55% fat!) Prepared from raw milk heated for several hours and then rested in the fridge, it can be prepared at home if you can't find an equivalent.

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