Courses & Events

A Day In The Life Of A Regency House

Saturday 6th June 10.30am-4pm  £60 (plus booking fee) or £47 (plus booking fee) early bird price: includes tuition, tea, cake, lunch and tastings at The Regency Town House, Brunswick Square, Hove.

You will be welcomed with cool lemonade and cake in the kitchen followed by discussion on servant duties.

Then, on to the basement of no. 10 Brunswick Square which is a time capsule, having been left undisturbed for many years, where you will enjoy a guided tour.

A Regency inspired pic-nic will be consumed in the gardens over the road from the Town House.- bring a cushion or folding chair.

After our repast we go back to the house for an illustrated talk in the delightful small servant hall on daily life for the wealthy who lived in the main part of the house – which we will then tour.

Discussion, questions and answer session with afternoon tea and cake ends our pleasant day.

N.B. Should the weather be inclement we will ‘pic-nic’ inside the house.

The event takes place in the historic basement kitchen of The Regency Town House in Hove. The Town House is a historic property from the 1830s being slowly restored.

Sarah Tobias was an associate lecturer for Sussex University. She is tutor for Brighton Metropolitan College, Varndean College and other educational establishments, freelance lecturer, public speaker, tour guide.

Subjects cover social and cultural history: Stuarts, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Between-wars, Wartime Homefront, 1950s. Also, local history (Brighton, Sussex, UK), cinema history & history of fashion.

Special interests: Art Deco & Modernism, Rituals of Death & Mourning, Christmas customs. 

Particular interest and research: the role of female servants and domestic service, especially in 19c-early 20c great country houses. 

Freelance lecturer, tour guide, dramatic narrator, costumed historical interpreter and role-player, including at Brighton Museums, Royal Pavilion and Preston Manor. 

Paul Couchman set up the historic kitchen at The Regency Town House and came up with the idea for the popular fundraiser Dine Like a Servant. He appears regularly on local radio and writes a blog on historic cooking. His particular interest is in historic food of the 1830s and is writing a book based on a mysterious manuscript cookbook from that period donated to the Town House.

Food History Workshops

This year come and join in a food workshop in a Regency kitchen in Hove. Down in the basement we will work with historic recipes recreating the recipes made here more than a hundred years ago.

At the end of the course you’ll leave whatever you’ve made and a special booklet with history facts and all the recipes.

Tickets cost £50 per person, all materials included, for a 3.5 hour workshop. There are refreshments and tasters available throughout the workshop.

Venue: the historic basement kitchen, The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH (Google map link).

Class sizes will be small (maximum 8 people).

Courses at the Regency Town House

You can come and cook authentic 18th and 19th century recipes in a restored Regency kitchen in Hove just minutes from the sea.

The classes are hands-on, not just demonstrations. Everyone has a chance of getting involved. The classes are small, a maximum of 8 people, and there’s something to enjoy in a class whatever your skill level is. It’s a very social experience, there’s much talking. Food has a way of bringing people together, doesn’t it?

Bespoke courses

I offer bespoke historical cookery courses for groups – birthdays, teams building, family outings. These can occupy a whole morning or afternoon. Please get in touch to discuss your needs. I really enjoy making a course personal to the group involved.

Courses can be held at the Regency Town House or another suitable venue.

All my courses can be tailored to be meat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free…any kind of free that you need.

Here’s a rather lovely review for a recent course:

I needed to arrange a 50th birthday surprise for a dear friend with a broad range of interests. Our book group was looking for something that included local history, food (especially cheese), good company and interest. Paul somehow managed to combine all of our requirements in to one lovely day and made it look effortless. He took the time to prepare a beautifully personalised event that included a tour, a group cookery tutorial that saw us making pies, mincemeat and desserts, all to traditional Regency period recipes, and taking in to account the birthday girl’s favourite foods. He also gifted us all a beautiful booklet that captured all of the details of the day. We learnt about the house, it’s history and had the luxury of a private tour while our lunch was cooking. Paul topped the meal off with an exquisite cheeseboard of local cheeses curated as a special birthday gift. We had such a unique day, made easy by our engaging and knowledgeable host. The delicious food and authentic setting were beyond our expectations and I would thoroughly recommend Paul and The Regency Town House to anyone that is looking for a memorable and special experience – whatever the occasion. 

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For a review of last year’s Christmas pudding course on the delightful website of Rosemary and Pork Belly.

I attended Bake Below Stairs- vegan hot cross buns on 22nd April and had a very enjoyable afternoon. Paul was very knowledgeable and answered our questions about the building and the period kitchen equipment on display. The hot cross buns and biscuits we made were really nice, so nice my daughter declared the bun probably the best she’d ever tasted. We even managed to fit in a trip to the basement of Number 10 which was fascinating. Highly recommended.

I spent an amazing Sunday baking at the Regency Town House. A 5 star review for Paul…thank you Paul for veganising your recipes – the rose and caraway biscuits are a taste sensation. It was a real privilege also to see the basement flat at No. 10. I can’t wait to book in again for your next baking event! Thank you.

Thank you so much for today’s baking session it was so much fun and totally inspiring! Keep up the good work.

I just did the hot cross bun making class, it’s was absolutely brilliant. Paul was a great teacher and very patient and we were in such wonderful surroundings. I will be back again.