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Taste of Townend

Every Thursday, 12-3pm, we’ll be looking at the Browne’s family recipe book that dates back to the 17th Century. Learn about some very intriguing concoctions, including meaty mince pies, bean cakes and macaroons.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Every Thursday between 12–3pm, you can discover the delights of the Browne’s family recipe book, dating back to the 17th century. One of our volunteers in period costume will be on hand to chat about the recipes. The food created by our living history team is for display only and sadly can’t be tasted.

In a small but distinctive hand, Elizabeth Birkett filled this 57-page commonplace book with 80 medicinal and cookery recipes including meaty mince pies, bean cakes and macaroons, and a further 25 household recipes. The story the book tells us about life at the time is one of sophisticated tastes against a backdrop of rural tradition and superstition.

There is also a 'Taste of Townend' focused guided tour which runs every Thursday 3-4pm - this must be booked in advance.

Please note: we have real food on display containing nuts and flour.

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