October 13, 2017

Come and Dine

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Dine in Highclere’s famous State Dining Room, looking up at the magnificent painting of Charles I on Horseback by Sir Anthony van Dyck. The “Downton” set is actually a real home, my home – Highclere Castle – just as you see it on TV.

Highclere Castle enjoy sharing the success of “Downton Abbey”. We would be delighted to welcome four lucky couples to come and stay here with me and my husband, to have dinner in the Dining Room, and breakfast the following morning. Many thanks go to Viking Cruises who have kindly offered return flights from the US/Canada for the winning couples so that you can enjoy the experience in the utmost comfort.

To take part, I would love for you to host a dinner party or a gala in February 2018, using recipes from my book “At Home at Highclere, Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey”. (Available in North America from Rizzoli, Amazon, and all good bookshops.) The choice of recipes is entirely up to you but we will provide some inspiration with menu suggestions, created by our wonderful chef, Paul!

We will be posting videos showing how we set the table here and how to cook some of the recipes. In addition, we are creating some items from our gift shop especially for this event.

For all involved in “Downton Abbey”, from Highclere Castle to PBS, and indeed its sponsors Viking Cruises, it has been a most fortunate partnership, engaging people in history, heritage, and great stories.