You are invited to share a meal in memory of the fallen in the Battle of 1066.

Hastings based artists Dens and Signals are making a seductive performance event about substantial things. Performers and musicians will take you on an anarchic ride through the aftermath of a battle, which still affects our daily lives. Expect an entertaining communal experience about the past, the present and the future. You will be served a delicious and unique meal, inspired by eleventh century food, sourced from local suppliers and created by innovative chefs Blanch and Shock.

The feast will take place on the 20 – 25 of September at The Stade Hall, Hastings, tickets are between £18 – 25 and can be brought on the Dens and Signals website or through any of the Root 1066 partners.


Sweet cheese with blackberries, lemon verbena and honey
Sweet cheese with blackberries, lemon verbena and honey

Sweet cheese

By Mike Knowlden from Blanch and Shock

(yield 200g)

Almost all sweetening in Anglo-Norman food would have been done with honey.

We believe that sweetened dairy would have been a part of the occasional dessert, served as a rare indulgence. This simple cheese is rich and delicious with the flavour of honey.


300ml whole milk

150ml double cream

30g local runny honey

1tsp cider vinegar


Put all the ingredients in a saucepan; whisk together to dissolve the honey and gently heat until just below the boil, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t catch on the bottom. Once near the boil, you should see that it is beginning to split into fine-grained curds and whey. Take off the heat and cover, resting it for 10 minutes. Strain it through a sieve lined with a clean jay cloth. Leave it straining for 15 minutes stir a little to release a bit more whey, then leave for 15 minutes more. Reserve the curd and whey separately. The whey can also be used, and would be great for making a sauce with fruit.