What: Everything But the Squeak Week
When: Feb – Sat 11th, Sun 12th & Wed 15th to Sun 19th. 11am-5pm
Where: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex, CB11 4JF
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian cookery this February half-term, as Audley End House and Gardens invites families to come and see how a country house cooked with pork in the 1880’s during ‘Everything But the Squeak Week’.
Visitors can watch Mrs Avis Crocombe – the resident cook at Audley End – working on an entire pig in the Audley End kitchens, and cooking her way through parts that we are all familiar with, and some parts we aren’t!
From trotters to snouts, animals were devoured entirely during Victorian Times. Using authentic Victorian recipes, Mrs Crocombe and her team will re-create historical dishes that would have regularly featured on the menu in times gone by, and demonstrate how even in aristocratic households no food was put to waste – and delicious fare was produced using all of the different parts of a pig.
Lucy Hutchings, events manager for English Heritage in the London and East region, said: “Audley End is the perfect location for an event such as this, as the fully functioning Service Wing really gives visitors the chance to experience historic cooking up close, and get an insight into life in a grand Victorian household.
“With thriftiness on many people’s minds these days, the event really shows you how Victorians made full use of leftovers and every part of a pig possible!”
Prices: Adults £8.70/ Concessions £7.80/ Children £5.20/ Family £22.60 (ticket price includes entry to event plus, entry to the Service Wing, Stables Yard & grounds)
English Heritage Members: Free