There’s much more to great British food than roast beef and Yorkshire pud. Celebrate the diverse range of produce grown and reared on our doorstep, hail the changing seasons and support local producers with a local menu strong on taste. Spotlight the welfare standards of our meat with red, white and blue menus, fun ‘did you know?’ activities for children and special menus in schools. See lovebritishfood.co.uk
Scotland’s vibrant food and drink landscape has been given a deserved boost by the export of Burns Night’s neeps, tatties and haggis. So go to the next level with products from theHighlands artisan fish smokehouses, Arran’s cheesemakers and Fife’s buffalo farms. Shout about the new dishes’ provenance, explain their background and celebrate the best from north of the border.
Feel good about what you do and invite your local community. Sign up and MacMillan will send you promotional merchandise and draw lots of advice on how to draw people in. Donate a percentage of the takings and you could encourage a new customer base. Visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk
Is there a better way to make more of the 'down time' between lunch service and dinner prep than with a true British tea? Formal or informal, elegant brew is always a good idea with complemented by light sandwiches and something dainty and sweet. It's a treat, so use premium high margin ingredients such as Salmon, prawns, clotted cream and fresh jam. Not together, obviously.
Premium ground beef or brisket, a quality brioche bun, cheese and bacon, this is one of the world’s most popular foods. This is the day to try something different. Vary the cheese, pickles and go leftfield with the meat to give your menu an experimental kick. Take your chips and sides up a level and don't forget the portobello mushroom, halloumi, and other veggie options.
There’s a day for it but customers rarely need an excuse. Lighten the mood of the summer holidays with a promotion of this sweet tasting but light and beautifully bubbly favourite. Pair with seafood, savoury cheeses, cured meats and fruits to showcase your main menu.
As summer turns to autumn, spice up your venue with a Caribbean cocktail makeover. Turn the reggae up and get the party started with a cocktail board celebrating the best rum recipes. The UK’s most popular and simple is a Dark ’n’ Stormy.
Pep up the traditional British heroes of chops, rack or leg with a twist of oregano and mint pesto sauce. Too formal? Why not go with fajitas, curries and burgers and don’t forget to push their perfect partners of cabernet sauvignon, a classic Bordeaux or Chianti.
From hot chocolate to brownies, it’s the ultimate sweet treat. Maybe create a complete menu for the day? Start with baked beans in a choc, chilli and honey mix. Then offer chilli con carne, bolognese, pork leg with cider and beer braised pork, all come alive with a touch of choc.