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.
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.