Book now for the Jane Austen Picnic Experience

An online picnic making workshop combing food history with delicious food to be enjoyed outdoors.

Saturday 17th July 2021 10:00 – 12:00 British Summer Time

Book now on Eventbrite – £22 Early Bird ticket – £29 from 20th June

Enjoy two hours of cookery escapism and make your own Jane Austen picnic, inspired by historic recipes, with me, Paul Couchman, The Regency Cook.

#JaneAustenPicnicExperience is an online event that will walk you through the steps you need to create a delicious picnic that characters in a Jane Austen novel would have enjoyed.

Come and join in a unique historic online picnic making workshop.

We will work with historic recipes to recreate the tastes of Regency summers gone by.

In this online workshop you will learn how to create a picnic Jane Austen would have been proud of.

We’ll make delicious pork or vegetarian raised pies, construct a beautiful Salamagundy salad dish, make some rout cakes and put together a delightful syllabub.

A Regency picnic on Box Hill

About my online courses

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Enjoy two hours of cookery escapism.

Learn the steps: You will learn the steps you need to take to recreate a recipe from the 1830s. Each virtual cookery class ends up with an edible dish.

Live presentation – bespoke materials: Included is a live presentation on food history, a video tour of the Town House kitchen and video demonstrations of recipes. All courses come with a special booklet with history and recipes and sometimes unique video material you can refer to on particular techniques.

Not just Zoom: If you’re feeling Zoomed out…please feel reassured these courses are NOT just on Zoom. You have access to video footage so you can follow along with the recipes in your own time. You will also get a downloadable booklet with several adapted historical recipes to try for yourself.


A review of a 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.

Future courses at the Regency Town House

Cook in a restored Regency Kitchen: Hopefully soon you can come and cook authentic 18th and 19th century recipes in a restored Regency kitchen in Hove just minutes from the sea.

I hope to start re-using the old kitchen sometime in 2021.

Classes information: The classes will be hands-on and not just demonstrations. You have 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.

Social experience: The classes are a social experience, remember those? There’s much talking and much sharing. Food has a way of bringing people together, doesn’t it?

Bespoke courses online

Group bookings: How about an ONLINE historical cookery course for your group? Birthday get-togethers, team building, family outings. These can occupy a whole morning or afternoon.

Please email me to discuss your needs. I really enjoy making a course personal to the group involved.

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 group booking back in 2019

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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