Oh no, the adventuring party rolled up to an inn for a long rest and now they’re asking what’s on the menu. Quick! Take one of these.
We’ve all been there. The session is going beautifully, everyone’s having a great time. The rogue has decided to stop pickpocketing everyone. The barbarian and bard have decided to stop picking up everyone (literally and metaphorically, respectively). At this rate the party will load up on supplies and head out before you know it for the evil wizard tower/menacing gnoll castle/hyperintelligent bulette lair where there’s like a thorough account of everything that the bulette has seen and experienced since gaining its new sapience, hiding its productivity and introspection in a kind of visual shorthand. And you just can’t wait to see how the party will react to your bulette journal.
But suddenly they do the unthinkable. They roll up at the inn for the night, and start taking an interest in the local NPCs. Maybe they want to know about Sam Smorkle–or worse yet, they turn to you and ask what there is to eat. There’s only times you can serve up “stew” before they’ll catch on. Panic no more, we’re here today to help you with a list of menus that will satisfy any adventuring appetite.
Pies of All Sizes
You’ll have to supply your own disguises and surprises, but a good savory pie is a perfect dish to satisfy any adventurer. Whether you slop it down with the heft of a hearty steak and ale pie, or have minced fennel delicately complementing the egg yolk and cream that have been blended expertly, when you serve up a pie, you’ll always be ready to party.
If you want to convey that fantasy feeling without spending an hour researching ancient tavern menus, it’s hard to go wrong with an old wooden table, candlelit meat that’s been roasted in an old hearth and served with roast vegetables, dripping with sauce.
Finger Foods On A Board
Look any good pub should be able to do you a ploughman’s. Make sure you serve up bread and cheese and eggs (pickled or hard boiled) and bits of meat or whatever other items you can eat with your hands. Just don’t forget the pickle and cheese. That’s the most important part.
How about just some gruel
Not every tavern is a fancy one. Sometimes when you’re wanting food, glorious food, all you’ll get is gruel–thin liquid porridge made out of oat or wheat or barley if you’re lucky. It’s food for the rougher places, best served in a hardy wooden bowl.
Bonus points if you make the very good and definitely not at all played out joke about how this fruitcake from fantasy times has probably been passed around all the way to your Great Aunt Bergitha and she gave it to you. Your party will probably try and use it as a doorstop or some kind of weight, because they are hilarious like that.
These are by no means the only options, indeed, we encourage you to leave your favorite foods down below–but the next time you’re dealing with a hungry party, try one of these options Just make sure and keep some real snacks on hand too, because your table will get hungry just roleplaying around these.