All posts tagged: Chatsworth House

The Flying Childers at Chatsworth House

The Flying Childers Restaurant at the glorious Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is the latest foodie option to open on the Estate and it is not what you might expect. The Flying Childers (named after a prize winning stallion acquired by the 2nd Duke of Devonshire in 1719) offers only Afternoon Tea (and I use the word “only” advisedly here) and now brunch. That’s it, a brunch and afternoon tea restaurant. I recently visited for the Great Food Club  – check out the website greatfoodclub.co.uk Open for only 4 weeks when we visited, the Flying Childers is tucked away in the corner of the House’s magnificent stable block. I say tucked away as, although there is seating outside (as there is in much of the stable yard) when we visited the signage was so low key as to be almost invisible. Don’t let that put you off though, once inside the large glass doors you are greeted by a portrait of the eponymous Childers and find yourself in an elegant, refined and relaxed space which combines …

A Grand Feast with Ivan Day – or Sunday Lunch circa 1760

What an idea this was! To recreate a Grand Feast as might have been experienced by the 18th Century aristocratic traveller on the Grand Tour around Europe that was an essential part of any self-respecting 1700s Nobleman’s cultural education. Not only to recreate it, but to invite us to sample a range of dishes. hosted, entertained, educated and enlightened by Ivan Day, Food Historian and, I suspect, a bit of a bon viveur. The School of Artisan Food, where the Feast was held, is without doubt one of the jewels in Nottinghamshire’s Crown. A fantastic resource in the most beautiful of settings. I have attended several courses there and, so, it was no great surprise to find myself schlepping over there last Sunday for a unique afternoon of eating and drinking. The journey to Welbeck on a slightly overcast, but warm, Sunday in July reminded me of just how magnificent the countryside around Sherwood Forest and the ancient Dukeries really is. Lush, green and verdant. And so it was that  30 of us gathered for …