Live historic cookery

Live historic cookery

Our intrepid team of history chefs prepare food fit for kings. 


The Tudor kitchens at Hampton Court Palace are famous throughout the world for being those of King Henry VIII. 

In fact they continued to be used as Royal Court kitchens for a further two hundred years, feeding the tables of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian monarchs and their many courtiers...

And for the last few years, they have been home to a fascinating research project run by Historia food archaeologists who regularly bring the kitchens to life experimenting with traditional recipes, ingredients and cooking methods to prepare feasts fit for a king!

Video: Watch the cooks at work >

The Georgian Chocolate Kitchen

In 2014 we opened a unique survival at Hampton Court Palace to the public for the first time - a royal chocolate making kitchen which once catered for three Kings: William III, George I and George II. It's the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen in the country and, having been used as a storeroom for many years, it is remarkably well preserved with many of the original fittings, including the stove, equipment and furniture still intact.

The 18th century Chocolate Kitchen was once the domain of Thomas Tosier, personal chocolatier to King George I, whose wife Grace was something of a celebrity in Georgian London, trading on her husband’s important role to promote her own renowned chocolate house in Greenwich. Visitors are able to peer behind the scenes into the very rooms where Tosier and his staff prepared the special chocolate drink - the preserve of the rich and sophisticated - for the royal family’s most intimate dinners and entertainments.

Find out more about the Chocolate Kitchen >

Cookery dates

There will be a chance to meet the cooks and learn even more about their cookery techniques and dishes every day until 30 September 2016, as part of the 'Encounters with the Past' programme.

Further information

Admission to this exciting live event is included in your Hampton Court Palace admission ticket and is free for members.

Ticket prices >
How to become a member >
History of the Tudor kitchens > 

Cookalong videos

Tudor cook-alongCreate genuine 16th century dishes in your own home by watching these easy to follow Tudor cookalong videos, filmed in the Tudor kitchens at Hampton Court Palace or watch our Georgian cookalong video to see how to make chocolate port.

The Taste of the Fire

The Taste fo the FireThis book, written by our own curators and food archaeologists, explores eating at court, the Tudor diet and food production in the kitchens. It contains many authentic Tudor recipes adapted for contemporary cooks.
Buy the book >
Try recipes from the book (PDF, 169KB)

Downloadable Resources

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    Tudor cookery recipes
    (Adobe PDF, 161KB)

    Chocolate cakes recipe
    (Adobe PDF, 70KB)

    Chocolate cream recipe
    (Adobe PDF, 143KB)

    Chocolate port recipe
    (Adobe PDF, 140KB)

    Tudor Kitchens Academic Fact sheet
    (Microsoft Word document, 44KB)

    Tudor Kitchens factsheet
    (Adobe PDF, 56KB)

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