Two of Britain’s most iconic and historic names have joined together in a partnership at ‘Flying Childers’, Chatsworth’s new restaurant, to serve Afternoon Tea in the famous Wedgwood china.

Named after the 2nd Duke of Devonshire’s legendary racehorse and located in the Stable Block, Flying Childers was opened today (Tuesday 19 April) by the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who took Afternoon Tea with Antony Robson and Heather Broadhurst from Wedgwood the internationally renowned Staffordshire pottery firm.

The restaurant only serves Afternoon Tea (see notes to editors) and is open on Saturday’s, Sunday’s, all bank holidays and every day during school holidays. The menu includes a selection of finger sandwiches, tea and scones and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne with a traditional Rose de Reims biscuit. All food and drink is served on Wedgwood’s Butterfly Bloom Collection, which features intricate patterns of graceful butterflies and colourful florals with each piece gilded with gold banding.

The Duke of Devonshire: “We are delighted that all of the tea ware and tea in our Flying Childers Restaurant has been provided in partnership with Wedgwood. Josiah Wedgwood began designing tea ware collections in response to the fashion for drinking tea, which flourished from the mid-18th century and which we’re delighted to continue that tradition here at Chatsworth in the present day.”

Sally Warmington, Marketing Manager, Wedgwood: “We are delighted to be embarking on our first collaboration with Chatsworth House. With Wedgwood being synonymous with tea drinking it fits that the Wedgwood Afternoon Tea is part of the launch of the Flying Childers Afternoon Tea Restaurant. This partnership offers us the perfect opportunity to encourage people to discover our delicious tea blends as well as showcase our beautiful designs such as Butterfly Bloom and Daisy which have been selected to complement the delicious afternoon tea experience at Chatsworth.”

Flying Childers began his racing career in 1719 at the age of six and over the following two years, racing at Newmarket and York, ran in a total of six races winning them all before being put out to stud. Such was Flying Childers reputation, the Duke received many offers including one to pay for the horse’s weight in gold!

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Notes to editors:

The Wedgwood Afternoon Tea
To Start - Beetroot macaroon and goats curd.
A selection of finger sandwiches - Smoked salmon and dill mayonnaise, roasted ham and tomato chutney, free range egg mayonnaise and cress, cucumber and cream cheese.
Freshly baked duo of scones - Stilton with walnut and a classic fruit scone served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream.
A selection of cakes and fancies.
All served with a pot of tea for one from our specially selected range of Wedgwood teas
£35 per person. 
Served with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne with a traditional Rose de Reims biscuit. £45 per person

Flying Childers
Flying Childers was a thoroughbred stallion purchased by the 2nd Duke of Devonshire in 1719. Foaled in 1714 and purchased from noted breeder Colonel Leo Childers and bred from Richard Darley’s Arabian, imported from Aleppo, Syria around 1704. Flying Childers began his racing career at the age of six and over the following two years, racing at Newmarket and York, ran in a total of six races winning them all. Flying Childers is often cited as the first truly great thoroughbred racehorse and by comparison to modern standards he would have beaten Frankel by a furlong on the Newmarket Rowley Mile. The Duke received many offers for the colt including one to pay for the horse’s weight in gold!
In 1723 Childers was retired to the Racing Stables at Chatsworth, where he went on to sire a number of thoroughbred racehorses famous in their day. 

Wedgwood
Wedgwood, an iconic English luxury brand established in 1759, leverages its rich heritage to become a global luxury home and lifestyle brand. Wedgwood designs and delivers premium, dynamic and distinctly English home and lifestyle products which delight today’s discerning and aspirational customer. Within the Wedgwood core offering is formal and casual tableware and giftware in china, glass and metal. The brand also maintains successful creative partnerships with designers Jasper Conran and Vera Wang. A luxury collection of fine-bone china and iconic jasperware decorative items continues to be made in England by skilled craftsmen at the Barlaston factory situated on the Wedgwood Estate, Staffordshire.  http://www.wedgwood.co.uk/

The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. 
 
The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. 
 
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. www.treasurehouses.co.uk
 
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.
 
For further information or images please contact:
Liz Bee or Steve Houghton
Redbrick Communications
0115 910 1500
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