Lord Lichfield's kitchen
Lord Lichfield's kitchen

The private kitchen of the late Lord Lichfield is to be opened to visitors for the first time.

The ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield at Shugborough is seeing many of the private areas of the stately home opened up to the public.

And now the kitchen of Patrick Lichfield’s apartments will be given the chance to see a more contemporary part of the Victorian era building.

“The late Patrick Lichfield’s private apartments were fitted out with an early 1980s Elizabeth Ann wooden kitchen – not dissimilar to those which graced many homes across the country over the last few decades,” a spokesperson explained. “It may seem unusual for a grand stately home to be displaying a relatively modern fitted kitchen as part of its heritage but the idea very much fits in with the ethos of Shugborough as the complete working historic estate.

“The private kitchen served Lord Lichfield’s many glamorous guests over the years and is dressed as though breakfast is being prepared, with crumbs on the bread board giving that authentic feel of a meal in motion. There’s also a Kenwood Chef – a must have item in kitchens of the period – original recipe books and an array of pickling and preserve making equipment on display. Lord Lichfield had a penchant for pickles and had all his own preserves made for him using fruits grown on the estate.

“The lived in feeling is complemented by a cupboard door lined with business cards and another kitchen essential – a cluttered junk drawer containing batteries, fuses, plugs and all those other things that you might find hidden away in household kitchens up and down the country.”

Visitors will be able to see the private apartments and Arboretum Island until the end of October when they will be closed for the winter.

For more information, visit www.shugborough.org.uk or telephone 0845 459 8900.

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