Live historic cookery
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!
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.
There will be even more cookery techniques and dishes to learn about on the following dates:
27 December 2015 - 3 January 2016
6, 7 February 2016
5, 6 March 2016
Admission to this exciting live event is included in your Hampton Court Palace admission ticket and is free for members.
Create 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
This 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.
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Try recipes from the book (PDF, 169KB)
4-6 December 2015
Instead of our historic cooks, the BBC Good Food Festive Fayre will have The Winter Kitchen featuring demonstrations from chefs and experts taking place in the beautifully atmospheric Tudor Kitchens – complete with roaring fire.
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