Hampton Court Palace

From Valentines day, 14 February, the famous chocolate making rooms in Hampton Court Palace will be re-opened to allow people to tour around the old Georgian rooms.
This will be the first time the rooms will have been opened to the public since they were built, along with the palace, almost 300 years ago.

It is thought that after research was done by the royal palace, that this is the last and only surviving chocolate making room left in the country, and it is one that once catered for George I, George II and William III, who all ruled the country at some stage in history.

The kitchen is well preserved with many of the original fittings having been found such as a traditional stove, furniture and equipment. The room had been used as a storage room for many years and the discovery has led to many thinking there could be other hidden treasures around the palace.

From next month Friday 14 February the chocolate rooms will be open between 10am until 4:30pm and it will allow the public to see the eighteenth century kitchen that was where Thomas Tosier, royal chocolatier worked for King George I.
In the eighteenth Century, chocolate was a rare and expensive luxury, and only the rich and famous could afford it. When looking around the rooms you will be shown how to make the perfect chocolate meals and drinks for a King and his most prestigious guests.

Throughout the year, the chocolate room will be host to live Georgian chocolate making in the delicate and intricate way in which they did nearly 300 years ago, visitors will also learn how to make the kings favourite drink.

As a celebration of Georgian history the palace will be hosting other events throughout the year such as a Georgian garden party in July, the opening of the Kitchen garden and the Georgian big picnic.

Written by: Jonathan Pell

Palace Kitchen