Test your french with Polesden Lacey's 1935 Christmas party menu
In 1935, Mrs Greville threw a fabulous Christmas party for the likes of Otto von Bismarck and Sir Austen and Lady Chamberlain. As befitted a star-studded guest-list, Mrs Greville's french chef, Monsieur Delachaume, whipped up a mouth-watering menu featuring fashionable new dishes and delicious old favourites.
Test your french
This is the party menu as it would have appeared at Christmas in 1935 at Polesden Lacey. The menu features many traditional favourites and other dishes that were the height of fashion and demonstrated new feats of culinary skill.
How many of these dishes can you successfully translate? Have a go and then scroll down past the picture of the dining room to find out how many you got right.
Filet de Sole Bercy
Dinonneau Roti a l’Anglaise
Parfait de foie gras en croutes
Gelee an Porto
Plum Pudding de Noel
Barquettes de Laitance
The menu translated
Fillet of Sole
Parfait of foie gras
Port Wine Jelly
Traditional Waldorf Salad
Poached roe pastries
How well did you do? Whether you speak french or not, why not come and see the dining room dressed as it would have been for Christmas in 1935. We look forward to wishing you a merry Christmas.