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How to eat like a Queen for a day at the QVB

28 May 2019

In the month of Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday, we’ve taken a trip back in time to honour our leading lady. Consider this your Master of the Household’s guide to eating like a Queen for a day at the QVB.


Queen Victoria’s love of food has been long renowned and her penchant for Dry Gin, smoked haddock, cherry tarts and Madeira sherry influence popular foodie culture today.


The late Queen reputedly had a ferocious appetite and it was she who introduced the quintessential British pastime of afternoon tea to our tables. It is no secret that she enjoyed sweet foods, her wedding to Albert in 1840 saw an elaborate wedding cake that weighed nearly 140kg and was three feet long!


Aside from her sweet tooth, the queen had a real taste for red meat, ‘fancy breads’, mulled wine and exotic fruits – even having a batch of pineapples grown especially for the Palace. The young Queen enjoyed an eclectic mix of foods that matched her lively and inquisitive nature as portrayed in her diaries. And, perhaps accidentally, she did more than any other monarch to bring about the rise of Scotch Whiskey, after a visit to the Scottish Highlands in 1842. After this voyage her loyal aides had to ensure that her glass was never empty for long – what a shame she never got to try some local Australian varieties at Esquire Drink + Dine!


The QVB has three sophisticated dining venues that offer the perfect regal space for a leisurely lunch, afternoon treat or late-night tipple.  


The QVB’s Tearoom provides a traditional ‘Afternoon Tea experience’ of which Victoria would undoubtedly approve. Enjoy freshly baked cakes, scones with clotted cream, traditional finger sandwiches and a selection of luxury teas served in the finest china. Deprived of sweet items as a child, the Queen made up for lost time by seizing every opportunity to indulge in the finer things in life. Her favourite cake is a now a staple item across every tearoom around the world. Slice of Victoria Sponge anyone?


In honour of the Queen’s favourite tipples, you can head to the appropriately named, Reign to sample the Brandy Crusta, an opulent drink made from Cognac, Cointreau, maraschino, lemon and Angostura Bitters. Alternatively, why not celebrate her love of Sloe Gin and sip on a Charlie Chaplin – Brookie’s Byron Sloe Gin, with a splash of Apricot Brandy and lime.


Hungry for more than just a tipple? At Esquire Drink + Dine tuck into a 350g Scotch Fillet, washed down with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from their extensive wine list. For all fellow dessert lovers, finish off your meal with a caramelised brioche dessert, roasted pineapple, coconut and miso caramel ice cream or another option from the decadent dessert menu. A meal fit for a queen.


Treat yourself to the royal experience at Reign, Esquire Drink + Dine and the QVB Tea Room