Join us at the Trafalgar Tavern for a trip into the past complete with food and drink as historians Vera Rule and Horatio Blood tell us about whitebait suppers by the Thames -- a tale of foodie passions and other sins in 19th-century high society.
Whitebait have always been fished and eaten along the river between April and September, but in the Victorian era they starred in dinners held by political and media elites, including an annual jaunt for government ministers at the close of the Parliamentary session, in waterside venues such as the Brunswick Hotel in Blackwall, and establishments in Greenwich, especially the Trafalgar Tavern. Whitebait and iced champagne began the meal, which went on to many other fishy dishes, and possibly turtle soup, over a wicked evening out. Greenwich was the place to run away to -- and from.
Arrive at 18:30 for drinks at the Nelson Bar before the talk begins at 19.30. You will be treated to three courses in the Victorian manner, starting of course with whitebait.