Sherlock Holmes Themed Dinner and Drinks Menu: A Night of Mystery and Elegance


Welcome, detectives and guests, to an enchanting evening inspired by the world of Sherlock Holmes! Tonight, we delve into a menu that combines the elegance of Victorian England with the intrigue of a classic detective story. From delectable appetizers to sumptuous main courses and exquisite desserts, this menu is crafted to provide an unforgettable dining experience. So, don your deerstalker hat, sharpen your wits, and enjoy a culinary journey worthy of Baker Street's finest.

Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of the most famous fictional detectives. Known for his brilliant analytical mind and keen observation skills, Holmes, along with his loyal friend Dr John Watson, solves complex cases from his base at 221B Baker Street. Holmes' adventures have captivated readers for over a century and continue to inspire countless adaptations in literature, film, and television.

Appetizers: Intriguing Starters

Baker Street Bruschetta

  • Ingredients: Fresh baguette slices, diced heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Toast baguette slices until golden. Top each slice with diced heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Victorian Smoked Salmon Canapés

  • Ingredients: 1 package of rye bread slices, 8 oz smoked salmon, 1/2 cup dill cream cheese, fresh dill, lemon zest.
    Instructions: Cut rye bread into bite-sized pieces. Spread dill cream cheese on each piece and top with a slice of smoked salmon. Garnish with fresh dill and lemon zest. Serve immediately.

Main Courses: Elegant Entrees

Detective's Beef Wellington

  • Ingredients: 2 lb beef tenderloin, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 cup mushrooms (finely chopped), 1/4 cup shallots (finely chopped), 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 8 slices prosciutto, 1 sheet puff pastry, 1 egg (beaten), salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Season beef with salt and pepper. Sear in olive oil until browned on all sides, then let cool. Sauté mushrooms and shallots until soft. Spread Dijon mustard over beef, then wrap in prosciutto and mushroom mixture. Wrap in puff pastry, brush with beaten egg, and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Watson’s Roast Chicken with Herbs

  • Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, 1/4 cup butter (softened), 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, 2 tbsp fresh thyme, 1 lemon (halved), salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Rub chicken with softened butter, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Place lemon halves inside the cavity. Roast for 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Let rest before carving.

Sides: Victorian Accompaniments

221B Baked Potatoes

  • Ingredients: 4 large russet potatoes, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup chives (chopped), salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Prick potatoes with a fork and bake for 1 hour until tender. Slice open and fluff the insides with a fork. Top with butter, sour cream, and chives. Season with salt and pepper.

Irene Adler’s Asparagus with Hollandaise

  • Ingredients: 1 lb fresh asparagus, 1/2 cup butter, 3 egg yolks, 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
    Instructions: Steam asparagus until tender. In a double boiler, whisk egg yolks and lemon juice until thickened. Gradually add melted butter, whisking constantly until sauce is thick and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over asparagus before serving.

Desserts: Decadent Delights

Sherlock’s Sticky Toffee Pudding

  • Ingredients: 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped), 1 cup boiling water, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 cup heavy cream.
    Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Soak dates in boiling water and baking soda. Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder, and molasses. Mix in date mixture. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. For the sauce, heat cream and brown sugar until thickened. Pour over warm pudding.

Hound of the Baskervilles Berry Trifle

  • Ingredients: 1 sponge cake (cubed), 2 cups mixed berries, 1 cup custard, 1 cup whipped cream, fresh mint for garnish.
    Instructions: Layer sponge cake, berries, custard, and whipped cream in a trifle dish. Repeat layers and top with whipped cream and fresh mint. Chill before serving.

Drinks: Elegant Elixirs

Holmes’ Classic Martini

  • Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz dry vermouth, lemon twist or olive for garnish.
    Instructions: In a shaker, combine gin and vermouth with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or olive.

Watson’s Warm Mulled Wine

  • Ingredients: 1 bottle red wine, 1/4 cup honey, 1 orange (sliced), 1 lemon (sliced), 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 cloves, 1 star anise.
    Instructions: In a pot, combine wine, honey, orange slices, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Serve warm in mugs.

The Case of the Non-Alcoholic Punch

  • Ingredients: 4 cups cranberry juice, 2 cups sparkling water, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, lime slices and fresh cranberries for garnish.
    Instructions: In a pitcher, combine cranberry juice, sparkling water, and lime juice. Stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices and fresh cranberries.


This Sherlock Holmes themed dinner menu offers an elegant and intriguing array of dishes and drinks that will impress and satisfy your guests. From the sophisticated appetisers to the decadent desserts, each recipe is designed to provide a memorable dining experience. Celebrate the mystery and charm of Sherlock Holmes with exquisite food, elegant drinks, and an evening of adventure and deduction. Cheers!


Can these dishes be prepared in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on enjoying the evening with your guests.

What non-alcoholic drinks can I serve? In addition to the Case of the Non-Alcoholic Punch, you can offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages like herbal teas, sparkling water with fruit infusions, or classic lemonades to refresh all guests.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with this menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like 221B Baked Potatoes and Irene Adler’s Asparagus with Hollandaise. Clearly label any potential allergens.

What is the best way to serve the food at this event? Buffet-style serving works well for a themed dinner party, allowing guests to mingle and serve themselves from a beautifully arranged spread.

How can I make the evening more interactive with the food and drinks? Consider setting up a DIY cocktail bar or a dessert decorating table where guests can customize their treats. Additionally, a photo booth with Sherlock Holmes-themed props can add to the fun and create lasting memories.