Georgian chocolate-making rooms opened to the public

Posted by ap507 at Mar 27, 2014 01:10 PM |
Dr Kate Loveman's discovery contributes to historic recipe for royal chocolate at Hampton Court Palace
Georgian chocolate-making rooms opened to the public

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There was a time when only the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate tasted like chocolate never tasted before. Until now, that is. 

The Georgian royal chocolate-making rooms at Hampton Court Palace have been rediscovered and are open to the public for the first time in almost 300 years - and visitors will be able to sample a hot chocolate recipe from centuries past.

The historical hot chocolate on sale draws on the first known British royal chocolate recipe, uncovered by Dr Kate Loveman from the School of English. This builds on her research exploring the early history of chocolate in England.

The chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court Palace is the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen in the country. The former chocolate room once catered for three Kings: William III, George I and George II.

The opening of the chocolate kitchen is part of a wider celebration of the Georgians across Historic Royal Palaces in 2014, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Accession to the British throne.

The royal chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court Palace is open daily from 10.00am – 4.30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance by telephone on 0844 482 7799.