Sunday, October 16, 2016

17C Dinner at a Local Tavern or Inn 's Garden Terrace

Outdoor spaces were the scene of amusements & recreation at everyday inns & taverns in the centuries before more dignified commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Public pleasure gardens & grounds became places to meet neighbors & travelers passing through; to exchange news; to meet lovers; to play sports & games; to eat & drink; to watch entertainments; to promenade for recreation; to conduct business; to see & be seen.  
Jan Steen (Dutch artist, 1626-1679) The Outdoor Tavern Garden 1660.  Here food & cheer are served to everyday families under a large arbor on one of the little garden terraces, that innkeepers began to attach to their inns during this period for the use of the general populace.