Broadstairs Dickens Festival adds culinary delights to its programme this year. The grand Victorian Banquet returns and for the first time we’ve introduced Pre-Theatre Suppers. Both are hosted at the beautiful Bay Tree Hotel
PRE-THEATRE SUPPERS Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 20th – 22nd June. Two courses £15 5.30pm for 5.45pm prompt start
GRAND VICTORIAN BANQUET Thursday 23rd June Leisurely five-course £28.50 7pm free welcome glass of Prosecco start
Please Call The Bay Tree Hotel, Eastern Esplanade 01843 862502 to reserve your space!
A Taste of Dickens
The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the gruel was served out; and a long grace was said over the short commons. The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: “Please, sir, I want some more.” – Oliver Twist (1838)
The dinner was as remarkable for the splendour and completeness of its appointments as the mansion itself, and the company were remarkable for doing it ample justice, in which respect Messrs Pyke and Pluck particularly signalised themselves; these two gentlemen eating of every dish, and drinking of every bottle, with a capacity and perseverance truly astonishing. They were remarkably fresh, too, notwithstanding their great exertions: for, on the appearance of the dessert, they broke out again, as if nothing serious had taken place since breakfast. – Nicholas Nickleby (1838)