Certificate from Reading University and Historic Royal Palaces on a History of Royal Food and Feasting

Dot's Quaker Oat Scones from Aunt Margaret's Pudding by Alison Brackenbury

Elizabethan Filo Parcels

Lincolnshire Scotch Eggs as featured in my recipe for Bon Appetit and The Lincolnshire Echo

Off the Beeton Track

Oliver at the BBC studios with Amy Claridge, presenter of Lincolnshire Kitchen

Sibsey WI

Workshop on food history for Heritage Lincolnshire

Sadie Hirst food history talks, workshops, recipes and demonstrations

Dear Customers,

It is with enormous sadness that Sadie and I have made the very difficult decision to close our business down with immediate effect for medical reasons.

Sadie and I want to thank all of you for your kind messages of support through this difficult period, it has been very humbling and much appreciated.

We have had fifteen very happy years here and many of you have become friends, it has been an absolute pleasure serving you and the community. (I shall miss the banter, but I bet you won’t miss my jokes)!

Thank you for all of your loyal support, custom, friendship and for being a big part of our lives for fifteen years.

We will miss you!

God bless, Russell and Sadie xx


Dear Customers

Please be assured that despite the sad and sudden closure of our shop, I will be continuing with my public speaking engagements and all bookings will be honoured. I am taking new bookings for historical cookery workshops, food history talks and demonstrations. If you wish to contact me please do so by emailing me sadiehirst@btinternet.com and you can follow me on Twitter Sadie Hirst@sadiemhirst or Sadie Hirst on Instagram. I am getting booked up to the end of 2020 so it is advisable to give me as much notice as possible for the date you require to avoid disappointment. Thank you, Sadie x

New Talk "Food of WW1" I launched this talk at the Lion Theatre as part of the recent Horncastle Remembrance Weekend to commemorate the centenary of the armistice. This 45 minute talk looks at food of The British Army and on The Home Front, including how to make the most of your "Iron Rations". If you would like details of this new talk and to discuss booking me for your group, school, museum or heritage and history society, please don't hesitate to contact me via email sadiehirst@btinternet.com

 "Much Ado About Food"

My popular talk "Much Ado About Food" was first launched in 2016 for a prestigious gathering of Knights Templar at Lincoln Cathedral. I'm delighted to offer this 45 minute culinary whirl through history. Exploring our food past through material culture, recipes, books, herbs and spices. For bookings and enquiries, please email me at sadiehirst@btinternet.com 

New for 2018 and 2019: Food History and Historic cookery workshops –  Following on from the success of the workshops I offered with Heritage Lincolnshire on Medieval Food and WW1 and 2 Era food, I am pleased to be working with them again. Please check their website for forthcoming events and to book your place at www.heritagelincolnshire.org  You can also take a look at the calendar on this website for updates. I'm delighted to be offering two Medieval Christmas Food workshops at Aslackby and Hackthorn. I believe these are booked up, but you can register your interest on a reserve list with Heritage Lincolnshire. If you fancy a more in depth look at food history and to turn your hand to historical cookery, I with be a Tutor for a two day GROW course being held at Heckington, running 6th and 7th December. Please contact Heritage Lincolnshire for details and to book. 

In the New Year I'm going back to the Georgian Era and am thrilled to be working with South Ormsby Estate to offer a Georgian Food History and Historical cookery workshop. Places are strictly limited and booked in advance with www.heritagelincolnshire.org or visit the website and become a friend of https://southormsbyestate.co.uk/events/

If you would like to discuss your own food history and historical cookery workshop or demonstration for your group, please email me sadiehirst@btinternet.com. I cover all eras from the medieval period to WW2 and these can be tailor made for  your requirements.

Off the Beeton Track - My original and still most popular talk looks at cookery books as a unique form of literature and part of our shared cultural heritage. We explore the unique way in which we interact with them, their subtext and purpose and the importance of preserving local and family recipes. Cookbooks from the past and authors are featured, how they are connected and shine a spotlight into our past. I bring along my display of vintage and antiquarian cookbooks. Everyone has food memories and can relate to cookbooks, making the talk very engaging with the all the community groups I've visited and worked with over the last five years. You'll never look at your dusty old cookbooks the same again. For bookings please email sadiehirst@btinternet.com 

I am passionate about preserving our culinary heritage and collecting old recipes and cookery books. For over five years I have been able to share my recipe collection and interest with a monthly food column in The Lincolnshire Echo and The Target series of Newspapers  http://www.eastlindseytarget.co.uk/  and Retford Times.

Since it's launch two years ago, I have a regular recipe page in the Wolds Scene and Lincs Scene magazine, the fastest growing publication in our area. Many of those recipes can be found in the recipe section of this website. If you wish to use any of these for your school, WI or community group please contact me for permission via email.

Thank you for visiting this website, do check back regularly for updates on forthcoming events,

Best wishes, Sadie

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