Friday Fun: Omelette Arnold Bennett

An omelette named after an author? It sounds like a scene from one of Bennett’s “sensationals.”

Actually, it’s a longstanding dish (distinguished by the addition of smoked haddock, Parmesan cheese and cream) on the menu of London’s Savoy Hotel. As the story goes, the Savoy’s chefs first whipped up this frothy, fishy concoction when Bennett stayed there while writing Imperial Palace (1930).

It was the second of two Bennett novels set at the Savoy, preceded by The Grand Babylon Hotel (1902).

The Savoy honored their guest by bestowing his name upon an omelette he reportedly liked so much that he asked it to be prepared everywhere else he stayed.

Image: Screen shot from The Guardian; Jonathan Lovekin for The Observer


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