Dining at Downton: A Trial by Fork

Much of the plot for Downton Abbey revolves around the dinner table.  Explore the final years of a time when one changed into dinner clothes and chose jewelry to reflect candlelight, where setting the table and serving a meal was an art.  Any dinner at Downton Abbey is a well-choreographed dance performed with military precision.  Everyone from the hostess and guests, to the butler and kitchen maid, know the parts they are to play.

Dining at Downton

In this one-hour program, food historian Tames Alan demystifies the manners, menu, and accoutrements of a formal 12-course dinner as would have been eaten upstairs at Downton Abbey before the outbreak of World War One.

While you’re here, have a look at a formal period menu, with recipes.

Dining at Downton