Poulet Roi Charles

I have not eaten Coronation Chicken for a while now, in fact I don’t really get on very well with Chicken at all, thanks to a Jamaican au-pair we once had. She called it the Food of the Devil. I tended to, and still do agree with her, having listened to her stories and have not touched the stuff since. I do however love Pheasant, Partridge, Snipe & Woodcock. I think the last time I ate Constance Spry’s creation of the Poulet Reine Elizabeth was in Summer 1982 on the banks of the river Thames a la Henley Regatta. Heeve ho, heave ho! and now, let’s get to the point. The Three Kings, and without even the help of a GPS, A.I. or a Rappi/Deliveroo made it again to The Manger. Dear old Balthasar, Melchior & Gaspard arrived safely at their destination, for the 2,023rd time. A great achievement indeed, and all on highly sustainable, lead-free, solar panelled Camelback. Here we are, still actually waiting for DHL, UPS and another to deliver some of our pre-Christmas wine deliveries, with or without truck, plane and God only knows what. What a terrible service they offer! I now hear, today, that the British Postal Service is again up the spout this week and maybe next week as well. Cheque is in the post!

‘We three Kings of Orient are bearing wines we traverse afar
Bordeaux and Burgundy
Tokay and Tuscany
following yonder star….
OoooH! star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright!’

Our Right Royal Special January 2023 Wine Offer

Incense    In stock: 1 x 12ltr bottle of 2015 Ch.Musar (Libano) @ GBP1.750ib

Gold          In stock: 1 x 18ltr bottle of 2009 Ch.Villa-BelAir (Graves) @ GBP1.950ib

Myrrh         En Prim:  1 x 27ltr bottle of 2019 Alter Ego de Palmer (Margaux) @ GBP3.995ib

I have to admit, I had never heard of a Gaspard size format (27ltrs) before, until the lovely people at Ch.Palmer asked me for my 2019 En Primeur bottling instructions. We now have one on the way, along with a few 75cl bottles aswell of course. A clever young fellow did mention that once upon a time, a 27 litre bottle was called a Goliath. Never heard of that one either. I do prefer the Gaspard.

– The above offered lying ex London City Bond VT ‘Under Bond’ as usual –

These are very heavy bottles to move, so you will either need Arnaldo Shwarzanigger or a Massey-Ferguson forklift truck to move them into your wine cellar. If you need a contact, we do have one.

Here is the original, 1953, Constance Spry ingredients for her Coronation Chicken recipe:

  • cooked chicken
  • dried apricots
  • mayonnaise
  • crème fraîche
  • olive oil
  • curry powder
  • white onion (or shallot)
  • red wine
  • bay leaf
  • lemon juice
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt & pepper

Long Live the King!