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Cooking Masterclass | Cooking with Constance Spry with Sam Bilton

Join Food Historian and Supper Club Host Sam Bilton to cook up a Queen's Jubilee feast inspired by British Florist and Cook Constance Spry.

In the summer of 2021 The Garden Museum celebrated Constance Spry with an exhibition reflecting on her life and work ‘Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers.’  The exhibition has now moved online.

Although she is perhaps best remembered for her floristry skills, Constance Spry was also an accomplished cook. Together with her friend Rosemary Hume she opened a domestic science school at Winkfield Place in Berkshire. The Winkfield students were asked to cater a lunch for foreign delegates attending the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II for whom Hume and Spry invented a new dish – coronation chicken.

In this cookery class led by food historian Sam Bilton you will have the opportunity to recreate versions of some of the dishes served at this lunch as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. We are usually a vegetarian kitchen, but couldn’t possibly go without including the original coronation chicken on the menu (we’ll make a celeriac version for non-meat eaters). The class will be a combination of hands on cooking and demonstration by Sam.

Potage de Tomates a L’Estragon (Tomato & Tarragon Soup)
Cherry & Walnut Soda Bread
Coronation Celeriac or Chicken (Poulet Reine Elizabeth)
Coconut Rice Salad
Strawberry Tartlettes

Coronation Celeriac
Strawberry Tartlette
Potage de Tomates a L’Estragon & Soda Bread

Open to all levels of skills and interests. This class is suitable for Adults 16 and over.

*This class is part of our hands-on monthly masterclass cooking sessions, which focus on specialist topics or advanced cooking techniques.  Sessions are usually on Sunday and held in the Garden Museum’s food learning studio. Each class is 3 hours, and will include tastings or a full meal eaten together depending on the course

Sam Bilton
Images: © Sam Bilton
Page header Constance Spry at Home – Winkfield Place – Windsor – 1952

  • Sam Bilton

    Sam Bilton

    Prior to the pandemic Sam hosted a historically themed supper club called Repast from her home in Sussex. She has given presentations and cookery demonstrations at various historic locations across the country. Sam published her first book on the history of gingerbread in 2020, which includes 80 delicious recipes for this popular teatime treat. Her second cookbook on the history of English saffron will be released in June 2021.

    You can find examples of her work at or on instagram @mrssbilton