Will you sponsor the Great Kitchen?
The Great Kitchen used state of the art technology to produce extraordinary dishes. King George IV was so proud of this room that he often showed it off to guests.
You can become a sponsor of this virtual room from £60. To find out why it’s so special listen to our Royal Pavilion curators discuss the Great Kitchen.
Sponsor this room
Become a Silver Sponsor with a donation of £60 or more. As a Silver Sponsor, you can add a message to be pinned to the virtual Great Kitchen.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual Great Kitchen and will also receive a high quality photographic print of the room.
The print will be made by the local photographer who made these images, Jim Holden. Printed onto high quality photographic paper, this is a work of art that will acknowledge your support as a sponsor and provide an attractive picture for your for your home.
The print will be approximately A4 size and posted out to you following your donation.
Why sponsor this room?
Our Royal Pavilion curators David Beevers and Alexandra Loske explain why the Great Kitchen is so special.
‘It was one of the most famous kitchens in Europe when it was built and it’s to an extent the sort of first show kitchen. He regarded it as almost an extension of the staterooms. There’s a famous occasion of George himself dining in this room with his servants, of course a red carpet was laid down on the flagstones that are that are there now, but he regarded it as an extension of the staterooms and most unusually for a service room he would take his guests to see it because it was so technologically advanced. It had a sort of heated steam table which later became fairly common, but this was very new at the time. It was built on a very large scale. It was very high because to allow for cooking smells because of roasting over the range took place and most unusually the room has palm tree motifs, bamboo columns surrounded by topped by a palm tree motif. It was a common belief in the early 19th century that palm trees grew in China it’s interesting, they don’t but it was thought that they did and so this would refer back to the Chinese interiors at the Royal Pavilion, but that feature the decorated columns with palm leaves is unprecedented. It’s a service room with cooks and whatnot and that shows that George was very proud of it and regarded it as a kind of extension of the show rooms.’
‘Well, the kitchen is hugely interesting and very, very special indeed. Again, it tells you what’s important in this building and what George wanted to do here. He wanted to entertain, and dining was a large part of this. So he has this huge kitchen built and it is large and it’s one of nine kitchens. The other ones were smaller, but this is the main one, and it was meant not just to create the best conditions to prepare the food that he was going to serve his guests, it was also meant to impress as a room and as a kitchen of course, so it’s only natural that a kitchen that he would like to show off would have some of the decorative elements that you see elsewhere in the building. So it’s in a way it’s the continuation of a theme so you have some of the things you see in the staterooms repeated in the kitchen such as, pillars which are structural that look like bamboo. We have that in a much more ornate form in other rooms in the building. We have sort of a notion of hipped roofs in there as well. So it’s a very splendid kitchen that was meant to impress and to be shown off and we know that the king quite often took some of his guests in there.’