Dinner aboard the


On this day in 1879 (23rd August) the Prince of Wales docked in Plymouth, aboard the Royal Yacht Osborne, on his way back from Dunster Castle where he had been hunting with the Devon and Somerset Staghounds.


Given that black and red grouse were common game at Dunster Castle (albeit no more), it is likely that their appearance on this menu comes courtesy of the Prince of Wales’ steady hand and keen eye.


Although originally built for Queen Victoria in 1870 the Royal Yacht Osborne, a twin funneled paddle steamer, became the private vessel of her eldest son, the Prince Wales (future King Edward VII).

From the private Royal Menu Collection of © Jake Smith