What is Dine Like a Servant at the Regency Town House?

What is Dine Like a Servant at the Regency Town House?

“I cannot praise tonight highly enough. It was absolutely fantastic. We had an amazing time. Simply glorious food and met some fabulous people too. In fact we decided we should say it was all terrible as we really don’t want to make it more popular and find we can’t get tickets for future events!! Well done Paul and your marvellous team. The food was sensational. You all worked extremely hard. Looking forward to the next event with great anticipation!! X”

Eat historic food and help preserve history. That’s Dine Like a Servant in a nutshell. It’s about reusing an historic kitchen for food experiences. This raises money for restoration of the Regency Town House by volunteers.

The event even got featured in the Argus, that’s the local newspaper!

Authentic Historical Food

I decided that the Regency Town House needed authentic historical food. My name is Paul Couchman. I had the crazy idea of using the old kitchen as a kitchen and inviting guests to eat there and become servants for the night. The money raised will help to restore the kitchen and the rest of the house. The other volunteers decided that it was a good idea too. The evening was called Dine Like a Servant.

Authentic historical recipes are recreated in a scullery kitchen, I use recipes from Hannah Glasse, mainly.

So far I have made:

  • Game Pye with duck, pork, chicken and prunes.
  • Artichoke Pye with white sauce and lemon zest.
  • Chicken Pye with leek and mace.
  • Blaized Pippins – small apples cooked until they pop in the oven.
  • Garden Things – Hannah Glasse’s way of talking about the veg.
  • Charlotte Russe –  It is believed that the French Chef, Marie Antoine Careme, invented the dessert in the 18th century. The ‘Russe’ part of the name is said to have been given to honour his Russian employer, Czar Alexander I.
  • Ribboned Hypocras Jellies with white flummery.
  • Hannah Glasse’s lemon Cheesecake.
  • Lemon possets
  • Common Biscuits
  • Scottish Shortbreads
Suppper with a pie and blaised pippins


We attended “Dine as a Servant” last night and had a fantastic time – the house is beautiful and the volunteer team amazing ! The food was excellent- we will be supporting this project as much as we can (especially if there is food !)

2 thoughts on “What is Dine Like a Servant at the Regency Town House?”

  • Hi Tracy. I’ve just sent you an email. Hope you got it. Just planning the next events for the rest of the year as I type this. All I can say now is that Dine Like a Servant will be back, a few more Lunch with the Curators and the new event is What the Footman Ate. This new event will be based on the diary of a Footman who wrote about his life, and more importantly for me, about the food he ate while he was in Brighton in the 1830s.

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