December 20, 2011, by Andrew Burden

20 December: Chatsworth Christmas dinner

If you understand French, this menu from the lavish Christmas dinner at Chatsworth House in 1904 shows the festive feast that the lucky guests were treated to. But while the menu may be en Francais, the meal still includes some British favourites with Cumberland beef and mince pies making the cut alongside ‘Fromage Grille’ and ‘Noisettes de Venaison’.

Over 100 years later, British Christmases continue to be heavily associated with food feasting and excess. From chocolates and gingerbread through to turkey and chipolatas, everyone has their favourite Christmas foods to gorge on come 25 December.

If you would like to try something different to eat this Christmas, the team at Item Seven is serving up traditional Afro-Caribbean Christmas fare at Portland Food Court in the lead-up to the big day. We caught up with some happy diners to get their verdict:

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Caribbean cuisine is served by Item Seven Monday to Friday at Portland Food Court from 11am to 4pm.

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