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Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey: Canadians at Highclere Castle

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Lady Carnarvon


Join us as the 8th Countess of Carnarvon discusses the art of hosting and entertaining at her lavish home, Highclere Castle — setting of the hit television series Downton Abbey. As she chats with Canadian author and historian Christopher McCreery, you’ll learn about some of Highclere’s most celebrated guests, including famous Canadians who enjoyed the 4th Earl of Carnarvon’s hospitality in the 1860s. Be sure to don your spring best as you join Lady Carnarvon for one of Britain’s most enduring rituals: afternoon tea.

In English with simultaneous translation in French.

Due to additional events at the Museum, underground parking may be limited. We encourage you to arrive early.

To ensure the authenticity of the afternoon tea experience, there will be no menu substitutions. Please note that some items may contain nuts, gluten and/or dairy.


Finger sandwiches:
Cucumber and radish with herb-and-lemon cream
Curried chicken salad with apricots
Smoked salmon on pumpernickel with dill
Classic egg salad with chives

Homemade Lady Carnarvon scones with whipped butter, clotted cream and assorted jams

Assorted petits fours

Tea selections: Loose-leaf orange pekoe, Earl Grey and herbal safari

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Photos: © Highclere Castle

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