Food & drink

The appreciation of good food and drink plays a central role at the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music. The festival features a number of dinners that you can attend and food-and-drink-themed talks and events. There are also excellent catering facilities at the palace that you can enjoy during your day.


Ken Hom. Festival Opening Dinner – World-renowned Chinese chef, food writer and broadcaster Ken Hom oversees a Chinese menu at this year’s festival opening dinner.

Justine PicardieJustine Picardie. Literary Dinner by Mark Flanagan, MVO – Royal Chef to Her Majesty the Queen. Dior at Blenheim – Join the editor of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, novelist and biographer Justine Picardie, pictured right, for a royal black tie literary dinner with a menu designed and overseen by the Royal Chef to Her Majesty The Queen, Mark Flanagan, MVO.

Katie Caldesi and Giancarlo Caldesi. Closing Festival Dinner: A Taste of Sicily – Chefs, writers and restaurant-owners Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi present the menu for this year’s closing dinner based on their new book Sicily: Recipes from an Italian Island.


Alice Lascelles. Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial DrinkingThe Times drinks columnist Alice Lascelles describes the more than ten years she has spent pursuing the perfect cocktail – and offers a little tasting.

Eleonora GalassoEleonora Galasso. As the Romans Do: Authentic and Reinvented Recipes from the Eternal City – Journalist and food interpreter Eleonora Galasso, pictured right, introduces her cookery book, As the Romans Do, a celebration of Roman cooking and lifestyle, and gives a cookery demonstration.

William Sitwell. Eggs or Anarchy: Feeding a Nation at War – One of Britain’s leading food writers William Sitwell explains how the Minister for Food Lord Woolton really did feed Britain to keep spirits up during the darkest days of World War II.

Jeremiah Tower. The Last Magnificent – American celebrity chef and architect of California cuisine Jeremiah Tower talks about his life, his latest book, Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother, and introduces a showing of a new film about his life, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.


Blenheim Palace’s cafés and restaurants serve locally sourced fresh food and cater for all tastes.

The Oxfordshire Pantry. Located in the palace visitor centre and offers fresh sandwiches, salads, homemade cakes, soft drinks and coffees to eat in or take away. Open 9.30am-6pm.

Blenheim Palace Water TerraceWater Terrace Cafe. A cafeteria-style restaurant overlooking the formal gardens, pictured right, offering a quick bite or a seasonal hot meal. Open 10am-5.30pm.

Pleasure Gardens Deli. Serves hot and cold snacks, handmade pizzas, soups, salads, ice cream and a selection of healthy choices for children. Open 10am-4pm weekdays and 10am-5.30pm weekends.