A Regency dinner party was quite an affair encompassing anywhere from five to twenty five dishes depending on the grandeur of the occasion. No wonder Mrs Bennet flew into a frenzy when she considered inviting a man ‘on whom she had such anxious designs…who had ten thousand a year’ around for supper. Guests who sat down to eat were faced with soup, meat, game, pickles, jellies, vegetables, custards, puddings – and had to follow strict rules of etiquette: ‘soup must be eaten from the side, not the point of the spoon; and in eating it, be careful not to make a noise… this habit is excessively vulgar; you cannot eat too quietly!’
Join historian Peter Le Rossignol and Living History cook Jenny Underwood for a talk and tasting session at 16 New Street – and find out all about food, etiquette and manners in the era of Jane Austen.
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