I have always wanted to check out one of the service kitchens in a grand estate. Watching shows like Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey have made me even more curious-- they are always so beautiful, large, and of course incredibly functional. When we found out that we could tour the refurbished 1910 kitchen of the nearby Ickworth House, I couldn't wait! We made it into the last showing of the season-- the whole house will be closed until spring.
I love antique cooking implements. They are all so well-made and beautiful.
Imagine standing at the window below to peruse the huge cookbook full of classic French culinary techniques, planning out the meals...
We also opened up the larder.
Now, let's take a moment to swoon over copper pots.
Wood herringbone floors and terracotta tiles... Why did we ever start using linoleum?
I have a few more post lined up this week, full of pictures of the Ickworth House. Next, up, we can look at the servants' quarters!
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