Regency Cook at The Regency Town House

The team at this elegant Regency house has been cooking up a storm! Festival participants from our earliest days they take people back in time and behind the scenes of the house's restoration. More recently though, going online has enabled their Regency Cook to reach a much wider audience with his recipe for interactive workshops on puddings of the past.

Boiling a pudding

Paul Couchman, The Regency Cook, The Regency Town House, Brighton & Hove

Why we take part

There’s no greater pleasure than showing the glorious Regency Town House to visitors, whether physically or online. It’s a beautiful building, full of history and any chance to get in front of new people we grab with all our hands.

The Regency buildings of Brunswick Square glowing in the sun / © The Regency Town House

What we do for HODs

Virtually visit the kitchen of a 1830s historic house in Hove and discover the history of English puddings. In this interactive workshop learn about the origins of the English pudding, from Roman beginnings, through the invention of the pudding cloth to the beloved Christmas puddings we eat today. (2021 Event directory description)

I’m a volunteer for The Regency Town House which runs various events for the festival - from general building tours to detailed talks on plasterwork, restoration and conservation. The HODs online events I do centre on historic recipes and our 1830s kitchen. I run cookery demonstrations with history - usually involving cakes or puddings.

The Regency Cook takes you through the puddings of the past / © The Regency Town House

The difference it makes

We had a flurry of people joining our email list and on social media after the online Pudding presentation. After being closed for so long we cannot wait to invite many of these new followers to our building for 2022 and for the next Heritage Open Days.

Nice surprise

I decided to keep the event online this year, which meant I was able to do my presentation for many more people all over the country, and around the world. This year we had almost 400 people. In-person events are much more limited.

Paul's Top Tip!

Try a mix of both in-person and online events. There are distinct advantages to both and you reach a much broader range of visitor that way. 

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