Rievaulx Abbey’s St Aelred’s Day Celebrations

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Rievaulx Abbey’s St Aelred’s Day Celebrations

To celebrate St Aelred’s Day on January 12th staff at Rievaulx Abbey’s café will be serving Monk’s Pottage and Mead & Honey Cake through the month of January.

Monk’s Pottage is a hearty vegan stew of root vegetables, pulses & herbs served in a large granary roll inspired by the kind of food Rievaulx’s most famous abbot might have eaten from bread trenchers. The Pottage is made with onions, leeks, garlic, parsnips, carrots, lentils and carlin peas. Carlin peas are thought to have originated in the monastic gardens of the Middle Ages – a sort of medieval chick-pea. The dish also features a huge granary roll made especially for Rievaulx by the Derventio Bakery in Malton.

The delicately spiced honey & mead cake is made with traditional mead produced exclusively for English Heritage. An ancient honey wine, Mead has long been connected with bee-keeping English monasteries.

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