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Bringing Historical Cookery to Life


4and20 Blackbirds specialize in Medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian food preparation and presentation outdoors or indoors (for tasty details, see Our Kitchens). We bring historic food displays and demonstrations to heritage sites, living history events, museums and stately homes.

Our living history displays combine authentic methods of food preparation with historically accurate equipment. Our enthusiastic team is eager to share their knowledge and skills as they demonstrate the daily routines that revolved around food and dining.

We have food health and safety hygiene certificates and public liability insurance so our visitors can taste what we cook and take part in our interactive displays (more on that in Hire Us).

Each item in our kitchen has been carefully researched as to design and function which enables us to employ a variety of authentic historic cooking techniques. Our dishes are based on historical manuscripts; we modify our recipes and techniques as new information becomes available.

Our directors have been researching and recreating the past for over 15 years for historical re-enactment projects. 4and20 Blackbirds is the culmination of these years of study.

“Thank you... You made history live for my children and me today” Visitor: Castle Rising 2010

In July 2011, our directors Julia Gant and Jenny Rogers presented a paper and demonstration for the International Medieval Congress at Leeds University titled “Medieval Food for Modern People, the Challenges and Opportunities in Cooking for Living History Re-enactments”.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds CIC is a Not for Profit Community Interest Company Number 07415424 registered in England. Registered office: 26 Market Street, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincolnshire. 4and20 Blackbirds is a corporate member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation.

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