posted in Entertaining

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

This Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu is delightful for serving during Downton Abbey‘s final season on Masterpiece Theatre.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Friends, are you watching the final season of Downton Abbey, beginning on January 3rd? In celebration, I’ve created a dinner party menu, some dinner party tips, and beautiful photos to show you how simple it can be! Invite your friends, delegate a few of the dishes, set the table, and get ready for an elegant, delightful, memorable dinner party!

Lori and I recently traveled to London, and visited the little town of Bampton, where the series was filmed, at the “Downton Abbey castle” Highclere Castle, and learned more about the Crawley family. This sixth and final season is very exciting for us, to finally find out what becomes of the family!

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Photo credit Downton Abbey cast at dinner table:

So much of Downton Abbey’s daily rhythm is about the food. Most of the connection with the downstairs staff takes place in the kitchen, during meal preparation, and then dining together (we got to enjoy tea in this exact room!), as they discuss family management, inner workings of the household, politics, and so much more, at their elaborate, perfectly-set formal table.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Everyone dressed properly for dinner back then, and in the same Highclere Castle today, Lady Carnarvon and Lord George Herbert (8th Earl of Carnarvon) never come to dinner without a long gown and a tux.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

What are the essentials? Pretty China, fresh flowers, wine, and delicious food!

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

A formal dinner from the era of Downton Abbey could include up to twenty-two courses. Today we’re sharing a menu of just five that could possibly have been served during that time.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches. What is tea time, without tea sandwiches and scones?

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Sausage Pinwheels. Popular during the holidays, mix a bit of puff pastry and a batch of ground sausage together, and roll into a long log shape; wrap, slice into pieces, brush with egg wash, and bake till golden.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Pear Potato Soup. It’s very delicious, and very simple to make.

Marinated Kale Salad. A small, healthy salad, you can also mix in shaved Brussel’s sprouts.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Roast Beef. Roast beef dinner is a traditional British Sunday meal, but can be served for any dinner party.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Yorkshire Pudding. Paired deliciously with roast beef, a traditional British side dish.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

Sticky Toffee Pudding. It’s called pudding; however, it’s actually cake, a British steamed dessert, consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or ice-cream.

Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu

And, I thought I’d throw in the 4 cardinal rules written up for the servants (spoken, of course, in a historically accurate scenario):

  • Don’t talk to the guests, and avoid eye contact.
  • Walk clockwise around the table.
  • Bend at the waist to serve, and lower the serving plate to an appropriate height, so the guests can easily serve themselves.
  • Wear white gloves, or hide your serving hand in a napkin, so the guests do not see your skin.

Will you be watching Downton Abbey this season, and possibly hosting a dinner party before the season is over?


Sandy Coughlin

Sandy Coughlin is an author, blogger, wife, and mom to three adult children. She lives in Oregon and enjoys developing recipes, hosting dinner parties, creating simple tablescapes, gardening, and sharing hospitality. Read more at Reluctant Entertainer.

more by Sandy »

3 Responses to “Downton Abbey Dinner Party Menu”

  1. postedJan 1, 2016 8:11 AM

    I will certainly be watching or recording the series.. sad to see it end. I Love different types of food so I just might make a few of these!

  2. postedJan 1, 2016 10:30 AM
    Lynn D. Morrissey

    A friend recommended this blogpost, and I’m glad she did. Thanks for the recommendations and recipes. We’ve been hosting an annual Downton Dress-Up dinner, and actually, will be serving Yorkshire pudding on Sunday. We, too, have visited Highclere Castle, and it’s breathtaking, isn’t it? And I love posting on Lady Carnarvon’s blog. She’d be proud of you. Thanks for an enlightening post, and enjoy the finale.

    Lynn Morrissey

    • January 1st, 2016 @ 4:06 PM

      How nice to hear from you! I’m so excited that you’re going to be celebrating the final season with a dinner. So fun- enjoy! Thank you!

Leave a Comment