Britain's prehistoric recipes uncovered

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The menus may lack a little refinement for today's discerning diners, but the signature dishes of our ancestors were nothing if not adventurous.

For it has emerged that even in prehistoric times, the British domestic goddess was adept at rustling up a traditional roast, albeit hedgehog, with a nettle pudding for afters and a little barley bread on the side.

Later on the more pretentious palates of the Romans could be satisfied with dishes which would not be so out of place in more modern restaurants, such as stuffed dates, or In Mitulus, a version of moules mariniere.

The lid has been lifted on these ancient gastronomic delights in the hunt for Britain's oldest recipes.

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