Dining and Events from Austen Heritage

Caroline spent many happy hours cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen at Chawton House. Taking inspiration from 18th century Austen Knight family recipes, the food eaten by Jane herself and dishes mentioned in her novels and letters, Caroline has created a unique Jane Austen Heritage menu for Regency dinners, picnics, lunches and high teas. With a flexible menu, Caroline and the Austen Heritage team can cater for your event, or you might like to attend an Austen Heritage event - see below for details. For more information email austenheritage@gmail.com

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austen heritage food by caroline jane knight

Every dish has been lovingly created by Caroline Jane Knight, who grew up at Chawton House on the ancestral estate where Jane herself lived and wrote. Inspired by food mentioned in Jane Austen’s novels and letters, recipes are based on Austen Knight family recipes from Jane’s time and Caroline has named each accordingly. You can enjoy dishes such as Chawton Summer Pease Soup, Mrs Bennet’s Partridge with Lavender Stuffing, Mrs Knight’s Roast Salmon, Mr Tilney’s Venison Pasties, James Austen’s Pickled Cucumber, Jane’s Doses of Rhubarb and Jelly, Mr Knightley’s Strawberry Tarts and Bath Buns.

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Dine like Jane Austen!  An exclusive, immersive experience raising money for Chawton House and the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. Hosted by Austen Heritage, a unique opportunity to join Jane Austen’s family for a Regency inspired dinner, served in the dining room at Chawton House at Edward Austen Knight’s dining table. Enjoy a private viewing of rarely seen family heirlooms and dine with the last Austen descendants to live at Chawton House – Caroline Jane Knight (author of Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage), her parents Jeremy and Carol Knight, and her brother, Paul Edward Knight. The dinner menu includes Mr Bingley’s Netherfield Ball White Soup, Pheasant and Mr Martin’s Pickled Walnut Pie and Miss Bates Baked Apples!!

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Join Jane Austen’s family and special guests for a regency picnic on the lawns of Chawton House. Ticket price includes a Regency picnic box with food designed by Caroline Jane Knight, home-made lemonade and entertainment by actress Susannah Harker (Jane Bennet, BBC TV Pride & Prejudice 1995), Sophie Andrews and the Pineapple Appreciation Society. Hosted by Austen Heritage, all profits will be donated to Chawton House and the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. Regency costume encouraged but not essential, bring a picnic blanket. In case of poor weather the picnic will be held inside Chawton House. Vegetarians catered for. Specify other dietary requirements at time of booking. Bookings via Jane Austen Regency Week website essential.