The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is the ideal time to tuck into some traditional faves from the British Isles. We’ve tracked down everything from Jammie Dodgers to the Sunday roast, so you can get your Brit on this Queen’s Birthday!
If you’ve ever seen an episode of Coronation Street, you’ll know that no day begins before eating a full English breakfast. You won’t be getting any hollandaise here, as a real British spread comes with fried eggs, beans, bacon, sausages and hash browns. This is how they serve it at The Elephant and Wheelbarrow on Bourke Street. Die-hards may need black pudding on the side to seal the deal.
Okay, breakfast is finished. It must be time for a pint! We’re kidding, but for beer o’clock and beyond, Melbourne has some charming olde-worlde pubs that offer classic British dishes and a cold beer if the mood takes you. If you’re after something a little more modern, have a gander at Papa Goose on Flinders Lane. They serve hearty roasts, pescetarian delicacies and can do you up a vegetarian degustation on request.
The Sherlock Holmes Inn on Collins Street is a cosy hideaway that offers an impressive wine list and hearty bangers and mash or a pie that’ll warm the cockles, venture down the apples and pears to The Charles Dickens Tavern for their yummy shepherd’s pie and finish with a drink in the Pickwick Room.
A trip to North Melbourne will see you and your tummy right. The Courthouse Hotel on Errol Street has added a Sunday roast to their menu and The Town Hall Hotel just up the road offers a pork or lamb roast every day of the week.
So now you’re completely stuffed with yummy British food, you couldn’t possibly fit in something sweet could you?
We think you can, which is why we popped into Treats from Home in Boutique Place to sample some of the savoury and sweet delights they’ve sourced from the Queen’s homeland. If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic, stock up on Jammie Dodgers, Fruit gums and Minstrels, or snap up curry sauce in a can if you’re so inclined (we weren’t).