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The Hampton Court Palace gardens were once the exclusive playground of kings and queens. From the Tudors through to the Victorians, they evolved along with the palace. The Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace was a big deal back in the day too. It was expensive, and prepared especially for the royals.
Visiting the Chocolate Kitchen
As part of the Baroque building, the Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace were built for William and Mary around 1689, but mainly served the Georgian kings. George I even had his own personal chocolate maker, Thomas Tosier. It is a room dedicated solely to the purpose of making chocolate. I would probably be as big as Henry the 8th if I had my own Chocolate Kitchen.
“After falling out of use, the Chocolate Kitchen lay hidden for years. The Chocolate Kitchen had been mentioned in many documents but its location remained a mystery until 2013 when one of our curators discovered an 18th-century inventory of the palace pinpointing its location. They were re-opened in February 2014, and are the only royal chocolate kitchens in Britain and a remarkable discovery.” – HRP
Tudor Food Facts
You won’t believe just how big the Tudor kitchen was at the palace! Thought, when you think about it, they were serving hundreds of people when the King was there. High ceilings allowed for the smoke to rise from the tremendous fires while cooking meat on a spit. This Tudor kitchen would have been filled with workers scurrying around making sure dinner was on time.
The aristocrats, nobles, and royalty held banquets and feasts consisting of many courses. Each course had a variety of dishes brought out at the same time. People then could choose what they wanted to eat. Everyone drank ale during the Tudor period because water was considered unhealthy. It wasn’t filtered like we do today, plus sewage and other marvels we take for granted weren’t the best back then. Ale at the time was brewed without hops and was not particularly alcoholic. The wealthy also drank wine, which was mostly brought from Europe, but some was produced in the vineyards in Southern England.
Like the wealthy people of Tudor times, I’d love my own wine room! Check it out! Barrels and barrels and barrels! I can only image a poor soul wandering in here and being one of those goofy cartoon drunks hiccuping on the way out!
Hampton Court Palace Gardens
I was quite in a run by this time. On the Hampton Court Palace website recommends at least 3 hours of your visit. I can usually get out under the recommended time. However, I wound up at the Palace for 4 hours and still had plenty to see! I could go back and do another 5 posts there was so much to see! Trust me, I even left out some bits in these posts just so that I wouldn’t drag on and on. So I’d recommend at least 4 hours, more likely 5! The last thing I saw on my trip was the Hampton Court Palace gardens. And that’s it folks! We get to move onto another location next post!