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Tudor & Elizabethan

Tastes of History for All

The cuisine of the Early Modern period (c. 1500–1800) was a mix of dishes inherited from medieval cuisine combined with innovations that continue into the modern era. The Tudors benefitted from a great influx of new ideas, an increase in foreign trade and a scientific revolution. Food, however, remained dependent on the season, and its preservation followed traditional practices of air-curing, salting, smoking or pickling in vinegar.

Tastes Of History’s display recreates a simple kitchen that can transport visitor back in time to experience the sights and smells of Ye Merrie Olde England.


Discover more about:

  • The diets of rich and poor.

  • The foods available in Tudor England.

  • New World discoveries.

  • The spice trade worth its weight in gold.

  • Cooking tools and techniques.​

Watch as We:

  • Prepare a selection of dishes from the period.

  • Sample the results.

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Click to learn more about: food in the Tudor period

Click to learn more about: Tudor dining and etiquette

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