Penny Hampson

Feeling Peckish? Eating Out in the Regency Period

June 11th, 2024

My previous post was about private dining. Now it’s time to explore the subject of eating out in the Regency period. Where did people find something to eat if they were not at home? Believe it or not, there was a version of a good food guide to dining out in London during this period. […]

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Food Glorious Food: John Simpson, Regency Cook to the Nobility

May 19th, 2024

As an author of Regency novels, I consult a lot of 19th century sources to ensure that the details of my stories are accurate for the period. Naturally, not everything ends up in my stories – that would be far too boring for my readers – so I enjoy posting snippets of interesting facts here […]

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Foodie Heaven? Head to York

September 23rd, 2021

Last week I went up to York for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Afternoon Tea. It was an extra special occasion for me as I was one of the eleven finalists for the 2021 Joan Hessayon Award, for my book, The Unquiet Spirit. Deciding to make the most of things, the husband and I travelled up […]

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Discover More About Life in Nelson’s Navy

November 1st, 2019

My previous blog post covered only some aspects of life in the Royal Navy at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, so I thought I’d write a bit more about other aspects of life. Being pressed into the navy, didn’t mean one worked for nothing — all members of the crew were paid. From 1797, […]

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A Taste of Lisbon and Sintra

July 29th, 2019

I thought I’d share with you a little bit more about my recent trip to Lisbon.Apart from the one day tour we’d booked months previously with the British Historical Society of Portugal, husband and I didn’t have any set plans. However, enticed by our hotel receptionist, we signed up for another guided tour, this one […]

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July 30th, 2018

The first instant mash? Looking at my copy of The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle for July 1802, I came across an interesting letter dated 16th July from Anthony Sinnot that sent me off on a research rabbit hole. This gentleman seems to have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about potatoes. To his […]

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