What Donald Trump and Theresa May ate at the Blenheim Palace dinner

It was a simple, thoroughly British menu

Rachel Hosie
Friday 13 July 2018 10:53 BST
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On the first day of his visit to the UK, Donald Trump was treated to a lavish welcome dinner at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

Hosted by Theresa May at the only palace in the UK not owned by the royal family or the church, the US President was joined by 150 guests at the black-tie event, including business leaders and cabinet ministers, while protests at his visit continued around the country.

But what did POTUS, FLOTUS and the other guests eat at the banquet? Would the chefs have catered to Trump’s notoriously specific tastes?

Well, not exactly. It was a thoroughly British menu, offering US guests a taste of some of the UK’s most traditional meals.

The President dined on a starter of smoked Scottish salmon, followed by Hereford beef fillet with potatoes for the main course and a simple pudding of strawberries with clotted cream ice cream and shortbread.

Thanks to his Scottish heritage - his mother was born on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides - it’s likely Trump would’ve appreciated the nod to his roots in the starter and the shortbread.

When it comes to the main, the most pressing question is: how was the beef cooked? Infamously, the President likes his steak well done, which is considered a cardinal sin amongst many top chefs.

His penchant for fast food is also well documented - it’s been revealed Trump’s go-to order is “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted”, however he reportedly either only eats half the bun or doesn’t eat any of the bread in his burgers at all.

It appears the President was not served a particularly low-carb menu last night, but perhaps he decided to push the boat out and enjoy one of Britain’s finest carbs: the humble potato.

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