A few months ago, the Daily Mail reported on the discovery of a Victorian kitchen in the basement of a large home in Wales. The room, closed off for decades, will be preserved as an excellent example of how the servants once lived and worked.
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The entire article is here. Imagine discovering such relics right down in the basement!
Which got us thinking about other historic kitchens we’ve visited in Britain. There are many — send us your favorites!
The Hampton Court Palace kitchens are among the most popular parts of the oft-visited palace. On many days, costumed works demonstrate Tudor cookery and prepare treats for the sightseers. We remember imbibing chocolate drinks, far different than what we enjoy at Starbucks, but still delicious (when you get used to it!).
Above, the larder where the butcher received game and began to prepare the meat for feeding the hundreds of royal guests, court functionaries and palace staff. Imagine keeping 600 people fed — 24/7.
Another wonderful kitchen that prepared royal meals is in the Brighton Pavilion, home of the Prince Regent, later George IV. For a panoramic Tour, click here. For more on the Brighton Pavilion, try this.
When it was constructed in the early 1800’s, it was the epitome of innovation with its high ceilings. Our friend Ian Kelly wrote a book about Careme, the most famous chef who worked here, among other places. For details, click here.
Below, the kitchens at Burghley House, home of Queen Elizabeth I’s trusted advisor William Cecil.
s (1866-1946) worked here as housekeeper in the 1880’s and the young Wells grew up in the servants quarters. More on Uppark is here.
However, if you insist upon romanticizing the life of a servant, you can always try your hand at various below stairs tasks at the very interactive Lanhydrock House (above) in Cornwall, where they urge visitors to “have a go at napkin folding, laying a place setting and hat brushing on our touch and discover tables around the house.”