Download traditional recipes for an authentic Georgian tea party

Join the celebrations by hosting a Capabili-tea

The Capability Brown Festival has launched a tasty way for everyone to take part – by hosting a 'Capabili-tea'.

Download traditional Georgian recipes such as Sally Lunns (a brioche bun), jumbles (knotted aniseed biscuits), gingerbread, and seed cake. There's also information on how to replicate the original sandwich, as popularised by the gambling earl; apparently these were most likely to have been beef.

According to festival director Ceryl Evans, afternoon tea was popularised in the Georgian period when it became cheaper and more easily available. It was served in cafes, coffee houses, tearooms and tea gardens.

‘Given the impact of tea at the time of Capability Brown, we have created Capabili-teas as a fun way for people to get involved in the festival, whether they are visiting a Brown site or not, and to get people thinking about life in Georgian times by trying out the recipes for themselves,’ Evans said.

The recipes, developed with Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens, can be downloaded from the festival website. There are also specially designed posters and place labels to print out.

Capability Brown Festival 2016 is managed by the LI and celebrates the 300th anniversary of the landscape designer's birth. Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country.


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