Enjoy a taste of Versailles

The recipe for the limited edition pavlova was inspired by Cecilia Strickland, 18th-century lady of the house

Pick up our new cookbook and have a go at baking a recipe inspired by Sizergh’s 18th-century mistress of the house, Cecilia Strickland.

This chestnut, rum and chocolate pavlova recipe was created by our team of talented chefs in the cafe. The recipe was inspired by the story of how the sweet chestnut trees came to exist on the estate. After a visit to Versailles, Cecilia returned with seeds which she planted. These grew into towering trees which can still be seen on Ashbank Lane today, just a stone's throw from the cafe. Pick up a free recipe card from the cafe when you visit.

One of the ancient sweet chestnut trees which can still be seen today on the estate
One of the sweet chestnut trees on Sizergh's estate
One of the ancient sweet chestnut trees which can still be seen today on the estate

The recipe also features in the National Trust’s brand new cookbook, Comfort Food, which is available to buy from the shop at Sizergh.

Chestnut chocolate and pavlova cake