Just a few miles away from our Beau Port showroom is the village of Chawton, where Jane Austen’s House and Museum is located and is currently busy with the visiting media of the world filming everything and anything to do with the publication of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ two hundred years ago. For those of you who have visited this historic house, you will have been able to explore the fairly recently restored kitchen, the last part of the house to be opened to the public – thanks to some lottery funding. The simplicity of these historic kitchens makes you wonder how the cooks of the day managed to turn out such fine food. The kitchen is separate from the rest of the house, with access to it outside, a few paces away from the side entrance to the house. The baking oven is in a separate building and where all the laundry was also completed – a kind of Georgian utility room!
I wonder what Jane Austen would have thought about today’s modern kitchens, maybe she would feel more at home in our more traditionally styled kitchens, complete with one of our AGA ranges. Our more contemporary styled kitchens and the high speed cooking times would stretch her active imagination.