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Christmas feasts, episode 2: Georgian elegance

Annie Gray transports us back to the glamorous dinner parties, dangerous parlour games and decadent desserts of Georgian Christmas

Published: December 3, 2021 at 11:40 am
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Taking in glamorous dinner parties and decadent “wine-chocolate”, Annie Gray transports us back to a festive feast from the Georgian era. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, for the second episode in our mini-series on Christmas food through history, she also touches on dangerous parlour games and complaints about Christmas being “too commercial”.


Previous episode: Medieval & Tudor revelry | Next episode: Victorian merrymaking

Inspired to cook up some treats from the past? Browse our historical recipes:

  • Nesselrode pudding – a delicious Victorian alternative to traditional Christmas pudding
  • Buttered beere – a sweet, slightly alcoholic drink that warmed the cockles in Tudor times

Annie Gray is the author of At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food through the Ages (Profile Books, 2021)

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