A taste of Tudor times

Press Release: 16/06/2004

Take a step back in time and taste the food eaten by people ruled by Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I.

On Sunday 27 June Winchester City Council Museums Service is hosting a demonstration of Tudor cooking at the Historic Resources Centre at 75 Hyde Street, Winchester, on the weekend that food-lovers from across the south are expected to flock to the county for the start of the Hampshire Food Festival.

Stock up on the best of Hampshire’s local produce at the city’s farmers’ market before wandering over to Hyde to watch national expert John Hudson show how cookery was done during Tudor times and how the ceramic vessels of the period were used in the process, with plenty of opportunities to taste the results.

There will be a special display of pottery of the 16th and 17th centuries, found during excavations in the city, and tours of Tudor Hyde. "Dr Lyford’s Heads" – an exhibition of 19th century death masks explaining the mysteries of phrenology – will also be open throughout the day.

‘A Taste of Tudor Times’ is just one of a series of special events, talks, tours, exhibitions and hands-on activities marking the 450th anniversary of the wedding of Mary Tudor and Philip II of Spain, which took place at Winchester Cathedral on 25 July 1554. For a copy of the full event guide, contact Winchester Tourist Information Centre on 01962 840500, email tourism@winchester.gov.uk or go to www.visitwinchester.co.uk

The Historic Resources Centre will be open from 10am to 5pm on 27 June with cookery demonstrations at 11am and 2.30pm. Tudor tours run between 12.30pm and 2pm. All events are free. Disabled parking only.