Bonfire Night came about in 1605 when Guy Fawkes, along with other members of the Gunpowder Plot Team, attempted to blow up the House of Lords using gunpowder to murder King James I. Guy Fawkes was arrested when he was found guarding the 36 barrels of gunpowder. To celebrate the survival of King James I, many residents in London built bonfires around the city. From this it was made into a national holiday and each year on the 5th of November it is traditional to light a bonfire and put on a show of fireworks.

At Smart Restaurants we’ve come up with a few ideas on what food to eat on Bonfire Night, with tradition types of food and drink consumed on the night.

Hot Chocolate


Hot chocolate is the perfect drink for Bonfire Night. If you are going to a public event for Bonfire Night then you can always purchase a hot chocolate at a café on your way or there may be several food and drink stalls which sell hot drinks where you will be able to buy one from. Get them to add whipped cream and marshmallows for an even more intense sweet taste. If you are doing your own bonfire night then you will most probably have some hot chocolate in your cupboard which you can make. Hot chocolate made with milk is the best tasting and most filling type of hot chocolate.

Tomato Soup


Tomato soup is quite a traditional meal to have for Bonfire Night, especially Heinz Tomato Soup. It is warming, tasty and full of flavour which will keep you warm throughout the evening. Tomato soup can either be cooked up before you go out or you can take it with you and have it as a hot drink by drinking the tomato soup out of a mug.

Baked Potatoes


Baked potatoes are perfect to have as a meal for Bonfire Night, especially if you are doing your own bonfire as you will be able to cook your baked potatoes on the bonfire. Just add some butter and a sprinkling of cheese and you will have yourself a warm and filling meal for Bonfire Night.

Toffee Apples


Toffee Apples are traditionally eaten over the period of Halloween and Bonfire Night as this is the time of year that apples are harvested. You will find them in most supermarkets or you can make them yourself.

Roasted Marshmallows


Roasted marshmallows are perfect for Bonfire Night, especially if you are having your own bonfire. Put as many marshmallows as you like onto a kebab skewer and slowly roast them on the bonfire. If you can’t have a bonfire then you can always light up the barbecue and have a mini bonfire for Bonfire Night.

Don’t Forget the Sparklers


Don’t forget to buy some sparklers to take with you to your fireworks event, but remember to wear gloves when using your sparkler. Sparklers can be great fun for the family and can keep children entertained during the suspense of waiting for the fireworks show.