Jamie and Jimmy celebrate a traditional Surrey treat for afternoon tea
PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:31 30 January 2014
While touring Britain in their efforts to save some of Britain's best regional foods from extinction, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his farmer friend Jimmy Doherty found themselves at a bakery in Kew with a history dating back to the 18th century.
Arriving in their trademark Ford Cortina (with leopardskin seat covers, of course) for their Friday Night Feast programme, the pair visited the Original Maids of Honour to test out the bakery’s secret tart recipe and attempt their own variations.
“Filming took a few days and included Jamie making a few of his own ‘spiced up’ versions from which we created the Maids of Honour selection box,” says owner Dean Martin.
“The box includes the Originals (and best!), along with chocolate, brandy and vanilla, apricot and strawberry versions.”
The recipe for the tarts originated in the 1500s and they were enjoyed by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (...and not to forget her Maids of Honour... hence the name) at Hampton Court Palace.
Filmed in early September 2013, the program featured Jamie and Jimmy researching Tudor recipes at Hampton Court Palace, drumming up support for their tarts on an open top red bus through Richmond and hosting a tea party with the Original Maids of Honour on Richmond Green for 150 people, including the borough’s mayor.
• Boxes of the special selection, as well as the originals, are available to buy in the Original Maids of Honour bakery, which is found opposite Kew Gardens. For more information, visit theoriginalmaidsofhonour.co.uk
• This programme was originally shown on January 24 but can be watched now on Channel 4’s 4od catch-up channel.
• Surrey Life reviewed The Original Maids of Honour as part of our On the Tea Shop Trail series, here.