Duke of Orléans
(claimant as King Philippe VIII of France)
Menu dated: 29th October 1899
Dinner at York House, Twickenham (the London residence of the exiled Orléans family of the deposed King Louis-Philippe I of France), hosted by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Orléans, Prince Philippe and Princess Maria Dorothea.
Forbidden from setting foot in France, the exiled Orléans Royal Family were forced to hold gatherings of their French relatives and friends at their London home, York House.
On the 29th October 1899, the day of this menu, members of the exiled Orléans family were gathering in London to attend a royal wedding to be held the next day.
The Duke of Orléans’ sister, Princess Isabelle, was due to marry her cousin Prince Jean (the future Duke and Duchess of Guise).
York House had been the on-again off-again residence of the exiled French royal family since revolution deposed the country’s last ever King, Louis Philippe I, in 1848: the Orléans’ monarch fleeing to England in disguise and using the name “Mr Smith”.
The night before the wedding this ten course dinner was hosted by Prince Philippe, the Duke of Orléans, who was head of the family and pretender to the French throne since the death of his father just five years earlier.
The exiled Duke was forbidden to set foot on French soil: consequently royal relatives of the family had to cross the Channel to England to witness the wedding ceremony.
From the private Royal Menu Collection of © Jake Smith
The bride and bridegroom: the future Duke and Duchess of Guise
Chicken consommé garnished with chicken quenelles and garnished with sautéed asparagus tips and chervil
Petits bouchées à la Montglas
Puff pastries, to accompany soup, filled with a mixture of pickled tongue, foie-gras, truffles and mushrooms bound in a Madeira sauce named after the Marquis de Montglas.
Saumon sauce Genevoise et Hollandaise
Salmon served with two sauces including a Hollandaise sauce made from eggs, lemon juice and butter; and a Genevoise sauce made from fish fumet, red-wine and butter and mirepoix
Jambon Porte-Maillot sauce Madère
Braised ham cooked in Madeira with onions, turnips, carrots and green beans and served with a Madeira sauce
Suprème de volaille à l’Ecarlate
Sautéed breast and wing of chicken decorated with truffles and slices of pickle tongue and dressed in a Suprème sauce made from butter, chicken stock and cream
Sorbets au champagne
Cuissots de chevreuil rotis sauce Venaison
Roast roebuck haunch served with a Venaison sauce made from onion, ham, redcurrant jelly, mirepoix, mushrooms and tomato
Haricots verts nouveaux au beurre
New French-beans tossed in butter
And ice-cream dome consisting of an inner-filling of ice-cream flavoured with aniseed liqueur and encased in an outer layer of vanilla ice-cream and then decorated with crystallised violets
Petites mousselines Orloff