MPs are being served a lavish Christmas dinner that includes grilled partridge and scrambled quail eggs for a fraction of what the public will pay when dining out this year.
Seasonal congressional fares also include a ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ cheese board, a portion of venison and venison pie and grilled sea bream with cranberry sauce.
The menus have been published at a time when the privileges and conduct of MPs are under close scrutiny, including through the story of the accused. Number 10 Christmas party.
The food available on yuletide is cheaper than a pub lunch, although it has been carefully prepared by the House of Representatives food service.
Traditional dishes at the Stranger’s Dining Room – used by members and staff to drink and dine with guests – include Leicestershire turkey.
The main course came with wild mushrooms and smoked panacetta pate with cilantro puree, glazed sprouts, stuffed sausage, goose fat and potato thyme and frothed bread sauce.
The dish is on the high end of the menu, priced at £13.76.
The chefs have also created braised beef short ribs with ground beef dripping, fermented celeriac, young carrots, parsley and horseradish.
Vegetarian and gluten-free diners can enjoy braised onions mash, with truffle fries, Ribblesdale goat cheese, pine nuts, grilled pork belly and chives.
At the lower end of the range there’s venison dough tart with truffles and potato espuma, red ketchup and juniper bush, £7.63.
Following items include Baileys crème brûlée biscuits with chocolate chip cookies, coffee and vanilla sorbet and the traditional House of Commons Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
To wrap up, there’s a ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ themed cheese board on the south-north A34 route.
At the contemporary restaurant The Adjournment, near the MPs’ offices in Portcullis House, dishes include gluten-free Scottish smoked salmon with poached quail eggs, star aniseed oranges, shaved beets and watercress.
Three courses, plus coffee and snacks, cost £23.95 – cheaper than a Christmas lunch at Toby Carvery. The grill chain is now offering a similar number of servings with prices starting at £47.99.
Among the courses at The Adjournment are grilled partridge with Brussels sprouts butter and chestnuts, glazed beetroot and natural vegetables.
At the Terrace Café in the Commons, festive dishes include grilled turkey breast with sage, sausage and stuffed onions, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and pig in blankets. The help costs £4.08.
Also at a highlight was the bacon steak and toasted Halloumi bread with spinach and cranberries in a brioche and fried sweet potato bun for £3.34.
The following dishes include a Christmas pudding with a choice of brandy sauce, double cream or custard or two minced cupcakes with the same toppings.
Bellamy’s self-catering restaurant at 1 Parliament Street is serving grilled sea bream with cranberries and panko chives on a warm salad and shallots with red wine. The dish has the hallmarks of haute cuisine but costs £4.92.
Meat-free options include roasted rosemary thyme and chestnuts with lentils, cranberries, and pistachios with vegan gravy.
Catering is not directly subsidized, but if there is an overall loss, the operation is effectively supported by taxpayers’ money.
Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at TaxPayers’ Alliance said:
‘No one can deny MPs a Christmas dinner but the cost is not too high for the public’s pocket.
‘Given the recent difficult economic situation, it is difficult for taxpayers to accept cash subsidies for food and drink from politicians.
‘Time to spread some cheer and get rid of these outdated subsidies.’
Congressional Catering does not provide a subsidized service in the commercial sense of the word. Profits at some locations are called ‘contributions’ because they offset the overall cost.
Elsewhere, the cost of providing food services exceeds sales income due to the irregular and unpredictable hours of congressional business.
The performance of each cafe, dining room, restaurant and bar is overseen by the House of Commons.
A spokesman said: ‘Christmas food at our catering locations is accessible to all passersby, including employees, contractors, visitors and members of the chamber. press display. The serving volume will match the need.
‘The House of Commons is constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and ensure food waste is kept to a minimum. In addition, our prices are regularly compared with similar stores outside of parliament. ‘
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