The main purpose of The Queen and Prince Philip’s visit to Sheffield on Thursday was of course the Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral. Prior to the service however, Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh were present at a civic lunch at Sheffield Town Hall and there was definitely a hint of local delicacy on the menu.
As the three course banquet commenced, The Queen and Prince Philip were presented with a new potato, spring onion and Montgomery cheddar quiche with salad. Following their starter, the royal party were treated to a chicken and leek pot pie accompanied by spring vegetables. The main course came with optional gravy but did not include the very local Henderson’s Relish.
Henderson’s Relish is a spicy Yorkshire sauce and was first manufactured by Mr Henry Henderson at his Broad Lane home in Sheffield in the late 19th century. The sauce is still being made and has been in uninterrupted production since the filling of its first bottle. Henderson’s Relish was at first unknown outside of Sheffield though in modern times, its appeal is spreading further and further afield with an increasing number of supermarket listings. The special mix of spices and Henderson’s secret recipe is the reason why this relish appeals not just to the people of Sheffield but to those across the nation.
The Queen and Prince Philip were both presented with a bottle of Henderson’s Relish when they left the City Hall to take back to Buckingham Palace. One wonders if this sauce will be taken down to the Palace kitchens for use at a State Banquet.
The three course luncheon was rounded off with a pudding that was quite fitting, considering the nature of who was eating it- Queen of Puddings. A British favourite, Queen of Puddings is quite simply custard, cake and jam topped with a meringue. Various forms of this pudding have been made and eaten since the seventeenth century.
Sheffield City Hall was opened in 1932, three years after the foundation stone was laid in 1929. Since its opening, the city hall has played host to some of the most famous names of the 20th century and currently hosts over 750 events a year as well as being the home of the Sheffield International Concert Season.
The Queen and Prince Philip were in Sheffield for the annual Maundy Service where Her Majesty handed out the ‘Maundy Money’. The custom of the Royal Family taking part in Maundy services dates back to the thirteenth century.
The three course lunch for the royal party was prepared by Chef Mark Cummins on behalf of Kier, who provide catering for Sheffield City Hall.
So after partaking in some local Sheffield cuisine, one wonders if Her Majesty took the recipe for any of the food she ate on Thursday, after all, she was eating a quiche fit for a Queen!
Featured Photo Credit: Royal Photography by Paul Ratcliffe