English recipes for St George's Day

St George's Day, the National day for England, falls on 23rd April, and if you're thinking about celebrating England's daring dragon-slaying hero with a slap-up feast, we've rounded up a collection of ever-so-English recipes for you to enjoy. 

Snacks and starters 

 

Stilton and walnut soup  
A warming soup you can knock up in the microwave in minutes

Roast beef sandwiches with mustard and horseradish 
Zingy and full of flavour, a great way to make the most out of leftovers from a roast

Cheddar and rosemary biscuits 
You can use other cheeses, like Parmesan, but this version works best for St George's Day

Tomato and apple chutney 
A lovely chutney to put with your English cheeseboard

Scones 
A failsafe recipe for this classic English baked treat

Sausage rolls
Great for parties, and kids love them too 

 

Main courses

 

Bubble and squeak
A handy way to use up leftovers although it's just as good made from scratch

Shepherd's pie
There's often confusion between this and cottage pie. This is the one with lamb mince, although it's easy to swap it for beef

Scouse
This stew goes way back in history - apparently the pilgrims enjoyed it on the Mayflower

Beef wellington 
A classic recipe using pastry, mustard, beef fillet and thyme for an impressive main course

Easy fish pie 
Whip up this simple pie in just over an hour 

 

Desserts

 

Coconut bakewell tarts
A child-friendly version of a regional favourite

Dorset apple cake
There are many different ways to make this but all seem to feature that lovely, crunchy sugar topping

Parkin
Ginger cake can taste even better when left for a few days after baking

Sticky toffee pudding
An artery-furring but fabulous end to any hearty English feast

Jam and gooseberry crumble  
A great dish to serve up when gooseberries are in season

Manchester tart
A variation on Manchester pudding first recorded by Mrs Beeton

Lavender shortbread
The perfect gift to make ahead and give as a present on St George's Day

Winter Eton mess
It might not quite be winter anymore, but this variation of the classic dessert uses rhubarb and pomegranate instead of strawberries

 

Drinks

 

Ginger beer
Lashings and lashings, obvs

Elderflower cordial
If you can't get your hands on any elderflowers, you might have to wait until the summer to make this tasty drink

 

Last updated: 13-Apr-2015 at 12:26 PM