Posted by Marie Bernadette on November 13, 1997 at 13:44:26:
In response to Regency Pantries, written by P. Bingham on November 13, 1997 at 04:31:26
Just to throw a spanner in the works...what is the difference between a larder and a pantry?
] This is the first time I have attempted to leave a message here! I hope someone can alleviate some of my confusion regarding a "household" subject. The Pantry.
] I have read various words on the pantry's placement. Just, exactly where was it in the home anyway? I understand that, in the eighteenth century and before, it definately flanked the main kitchen. But then there is the butler's pantry. Is the butler's pantry the same thing as "the pantry"? In any case, during the late eighteenth century and part of the nineteenth century, the pantry was a member of the butler's suite of rooms, and it was from the pantry that the main staples were brought to the table and the food as well (for dinner).
] This is where I am most confused. My reading suggests that the pantry and the rest of the butler's rooms, including his bedroom, were on the same floor as the dining room.
] Now that I have confused everyone, where was the pantry? I would appreciate any input regarding the pantry and dining customs. I have read just about everything available on the subject but they all conflict one another. I would hate to have the pantry on the wrong floor!
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