Coventry & Warwickshire

Historic banquet served at Kenilworth Castle

A 300-dish dessert banquet believed to have been served to Queen Elizabeth I is being recreated at a Warwickshire castle.

The food is based on a feast thought to have been served in 1575 as part of a 19-day extravaganza put on by Sir Robert Dudley in Kenilworth.

A 5.5m (18.04ft) x 1.5m (4.92ft) banquet table has been designed.

Sugar sculptures, gold gilded jelly, custard tarts, jams and candies are among the items being served.

Dried sturgeon stomach, whale vomit and pigs bladder skins are also on the menu.

The table includes elements of the garden where the feast is being served, with a 1.5m (4.92ft) replica of a central fountain the centrepiece.

A quarter of a tonne of sugar is being used for sculptures adorning the table.

Costumed characters representing Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Robert Dudley were due to attend, along with members of the public.

The event at Kenilworth Castle is in celebration of the first anniversary of the opening of an Elizabethan garden.

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