Eat like a King with our Tudor ‘cook-along’ videos

Eat like a King with our Tudor ‘cook-along’ videos

Tudor cook-along videos

9 December 2010

Henry VIII's kitchens at Hampton Court Palace launch Tudor "cook-along" videos

Launch date: Thursday 9 December 2010

Available media:


  • The FREE online videos can be watched and recipes downloaded at
  • Range of stills images for print and online
  • Video available for broadcast or online use (royalty free)
  • Food historians available for interview

Food lovers can now share King Henry VIII’s legendary appetite for fine fayre in their own homes, with the release of online Tudor cook-along videos filmed in the kitchens of Henry’s famous royal residence – Hampton Court Palace.

These newly released, easy-to-follow videos allow viewers to recreate three genuine 16th century dishes - based on 500 year old recipes and subtly adapted by the palace’s food historians for the modern kitchen.

The dishes on offer are:

  • Ryschewys close and fryez, a sweet and spicy  16th century alternative to the Christmas mince pie;
  • Tartes owt of Lente, an indulgent cheese pie;
  • Fylettys en Galentyne, a rich dish of roast pork stewed in caramelised onion gravy.  

The videos have been produced by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces and feature chef Robin Mitchener, part of the historic kitchens interpretation team at Hampton Court Palace. They are planned to complement the hugely popular live Tudor cookery events that take place at the palace monthly. The next live cookery events take place on 27 December 2010 - 2 January 2011, when visitors to the palace can join the cooks in the kitchens as they prepare a feast fit for a king

The kitchens at Hampton Court Palace are the largest surviving Tudor kitchens in the world. In their Tudor heyday, they produced 1,200 meals a day, comprised fifty-five rooms, and were staffed by 200 people.

For more information about these videos, for embedding information, or for stills images or any other media formats from it, please contact Tim Powell in the Historic Royal Palaces press office on 07827 308 638 or at

Notes for editors

Live Tudor cookery events

For the last few years, Hampton Court Palace kitchens 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 authentic 16th century food. Live Tudor cookery demonstrations take place in the historic kitchens on selected weekends throughout the year. The next live cookery events take place from 27 December 2010 – 2 January 2011. To find out more, visit

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.      

Registered charity number 1068852

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