Posted by Carolyn on November 13, 1997 at 07:51:25:
In response to The Regency Pantry, written by P. Bingham on November 13, 1997 at 04:43:55
] My reading suggests that the pantry and the rest of the butler's domain were on the same floor as the dining room. That would make the pantry far from the kitchen because the kitchen was not on the same floor as the dining room. Which was why it was such a hassle to get the food to the table before it got cold. But then I've read about pantries and everyone seems to place them directly beside the kitchen. Confusion!
I cannot tell you about a regency pantry, but would you settle for a Victorian one? My first job was at a library that had been converted from a Victorian mansion.
The Pantry was located off the kitchen, it was a small room (not a cupboard or a closet). One side was for cold products (this one had a built in ice box!) and the other side was for preserved food and non-parishable items.
The butler's pantry was also located off of the kitchen. It was long narrow room, lined with cabinets. The bottom half was drawers, for silverware, etc. The top half was glass door cupboards which held the china & crystal.
The butlers pantry led from the kitchen into the dining room, so meals could be served hot. I hope this information is helpful.
It looked something like this (just try to imagine rooms):
butler's pantry //pantry
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