A Taste of Victorian History - Foodie Cemetery Tour

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After-hours tour around West Norwood Cemetery's most famous foodie graves + afternoon tea in the Greek temple!

Who introduced the vine to Australia, salmon fishing to Tasmania and railway catering to Britain? Who turned loaves into cubes? Was Mrs Beeton the domestic goddess of her day?

These and many other pioneers of our everyday foods and drinks are buried in West Norwood’s leafy Gothic Cemetery. Expert guides share the stories behind our Victorian entrepreneurs in an exclusive after-hours tour (1 ¼ hours).

As part of West Norwood’s Food Week the neighbourhood’s new Tulse Hill Hotel, rounds off the tour with a tempting afternoon tea inspired by these 19th century foodies in the atmospheric Greek Chapel.

House Rules: The cemetery terrain can be uneven so please wear suitable footwear and be prepared for the 1.5 hour tour.

In a Nutshell

Feast's Food Week is returning in June 2017, and this year we are teaming up with Station to Station: West Norwood and Tulse Hill Business Improvement District for a series foodie events at your favourite West Norwood and Tulse Hill venues. We are celebrating all things cultural, creative and artistic, so if it's poetry, art, storytelling or dance that catches your eye, come and join us!

The Whole Hog

The week is powered by West Norwood Feast, the monthly community-run market, and Station to Station: West Norwood and Tulse Hill Business Improvement District. Our aim is to showcase many of the great eateries that West Norwood and Tulse Hill now have to offer.

Really well thought out and thatuc cemetery tour with fantastic food provided by the Tulse Hill Hotel.

great experience all round. Very interesting walk around relevant tombstones. Fantastic atmospheric venue for our 'tea' giving the opportunity for conversation as well as eating delicious food. Very good value More please

Quirky, unusual, beautiful and intriguing with a very passionate speaker. The food experience was very good with lovely little touches.

lovely evening, the tour was super interesting and the food delicious. Great venue and very original idea!

A perfect afternoon. Atmospheric surroundings,some history,a little exercise, followed by wine and cake. The Greek temple was an inspired choice of venue.

Really fun afternoon in an area I would not normally have a chance to explore. Learned about UK foodie history and saw graves of the rich and famous. Hosts and guides all delightful. Tea party and wine welcome on site was more than generous, tho a few too many sweets and no tea! Recommnded overall.

Very interesting and pleasant walk in the Cemetery. Lots of unusual details and information shared in a friendly and enthusiastic way!

Roger a great guide around the cemetery - lots of interesting stories regarding the families buried there relating to food and drink. A lot of thought had been put into the menu (linked to those buried).The food at the afternoon tea was amazing - especially the Mrs Beaton inspired Victoria Sponge!

A great afternoon! The cemetery tour was really interesting and it was so special to be able to sit in the Greek temple at the end with beautiful food by Tulse Hill Hotel. Couldn't fault it at all!

This event – the first of its kind – was not only blessed with a fine evening, but was also sold out in quick time. Some 60 people were greeted with a glass of ginger wine (to guard against cholera) served in the Maddick mausoleum before assembling for a short tour of the cemetery. The whole event served to emphasise what a fantastic community resource is represented by the cemetery in general and by the Greek chapel in particular. The evening opening of the cemetery was especially atmospheric. Let us hope that more such events can be planned in future.

More about this Experience

  • Great on your own!
  • Vegetarian Friendly

Event Tags: Meet New People, Try Something Different, Unique Dining, Afternoon Tea, Dining Under £30, Vegetarian, Vegetarian

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