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Manor House
"When the Butler announces Dinner, in strict order of precedence, Gentlemen should offer their arm to Ladies and make a ceremonial entrance in twos." House Rules
THE PROJECT|THE HOUSE|THE PEOPLE|EDWARDIAN LIFE|YOU IN 1905|TREATS|SNOB QUIZ
Master Guy
Photograph of Mr. Edgar waiting on his master at dinner

The butler waits on his master at dinner. Two footman are also required to serve a family dinner.

Photograph of a roasted pigs head

The diet of the Edwardian upper classes included a lot more meat and offal than usual today.


Upstairs
The family are expected to discuss issues of the day at the dinner table
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Downstairs
When they eat, the lower servants are only allowed to speak if Mr Edgar the butler allows them to
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"I used to go to tea at my grandfather's house, and the first thing he'd say was 'children should be seen and not heard' – and we'd have tea in silence. And I actually thought that's what the man was like. I'm like him now!"
Mr Edgar, butler
Edwardian Life:
Family Mealtimes

Provisional Breakfast
At eight o'clock each morning, your Lady's Maid or Valet will wake you with your Early Morning Breakfast Tray.

Sit-down Breakfast
Full Breakfast will be served at half-past nine in the Dining Room. This will be laid out in dishes along the sideboard.

Luncheon
Luncheon will be served at one o'clock. It is customary to take the meal in outdoor clothing or morning wear. The Ladies should enter first two by two followed by the Gentlemen.

Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea will be served at five o'clock in the Drawing Room or in the Tea Room. You may also expect a selection of bread and butter, tea bread, cakes and biscuits to be served.

Dinner
Dinner will be served at eight o'clock. It is customarily the most formal and lengthy meal of the day, for which you may expect everyone to dress in full evening attire. Family and Guests should retire to their rooms to dress at whatever time they see fit, however a dressing gong will sound at seven o'clock as a final reminder.

When your Butler announces Dinner, Family and Guests should rise, and in strict order of precedence, Gentlemen should offer their arm to Ladies and make a ceremonial entrance in twos. You should ensure that this is organised in such a way as to not offend any of your guests. The Master will lead, with the Lady of the Leading Guest on his right arm, and the Mistress of the House should follow, on the arm of the Leading Guest. The Dinner seating plan should have been previously arranged.

It is customary for Dinner to be a five-course affair.

You may, on occasion, wish to invite the Tutor to dine with you but he is not a member of your Family and by no means will he expect this by right.

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