Old & New Towns - The Architecture of Food
Visit Gladstone’s Land in the Old Town and the Georgian House in the New Town, both run by the National Trust for Scotland, to see how cookery and dining changed with architecture over the centuries.
The kitchen in the seventeenth century merchant’s apartment at Gladstone’s Land has a cosy and domestic feel. Simple cookery was possible such as boiling meat, grilling fish, and baking things such as oatcakes on a girdle over the fire. Eating out in the many inns and taverns of the Old Town would have been common-place.
A New Town building such as the Georgian House would have transformed how the middle-classes dined. The grand kitchens here are capable of producing a dinner for many guests, enabling much more elaborate dishes and making private dining increasingly popular.
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