Royal Menus

A Private Collection of Historic Royal Menu Cards


Royal Menus

For lovers of food and lovers of history, this website seeks to share a private collection of original menus from banquets hosted by Emperors, Kings and Queens throughout history.

The royal menu collection contains menus from the dining tables of royal and imperial courts across the world – most of which passed into history long ago. The oldest menu in the collection is from the King of Hanover in 1845.

This website, updated periodically, only contains a sample of the entire collection.

The private collector, Jake Smith,  retains all copyright of the menu images.

The private collection formed the basis of a book, “Eating with Emperors”, published in 2009 by The Miegunyah Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing).