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In 1862 Alfred Romary set up a bakery at Romary House on 26 Church Road in Tunbridge Wells, with his family of 10 opposite. Customer Queen Victoria visited on 23 December 1876! The Royal Warrant for handmade wafers continued to our present Queen. In 1963 baking moved to Glasgow, with a final batch for Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981.

 E H Shepard, of Winnie the Pooh fame, and other artists designed Christmas tins like this Victorian Pantiles scene.

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Hazle Ceramics
Luxury Chocolates
on Tunbridge Wells

 With a 1500s oak frame, this facade is from the 1700s. The bakery was in the basement seen here and the shop above.

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 A woodcut of Queen Victoria’s Lion & Unicorn arms outside Romary’s, adopted by each British monarch since she came to the throne in 1837.

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Tunbridge Wells Wafers
Alfred’s first biscuits were his most famous and sold all over the world. Made with butter, they were always rolled to wafer thinness by hand upon marble tops. His faggot oven was eventually replaced with gas ovens and a new bakery built behind. Biscuits came in tins but the shop sold bags of broken ones only on Fridays. Inside, the big mahogany counter displayed the Royal orders, there were white cane chairs for seating and walls were lined with many mirrors.

 The Pantiles, named after clay paving from Queen Anne in 1700 after her son fell in mud, were replaced by stone slabs in 1800. This tree-lined, colonnaded area grew up by a spa spring found in 1606.

 Victoria at 57 two months before her visit to Romary’s in 1876, the year she became the Empress of India.

 Chocolate is often a part of courtship rituals. It may raise serotonin levels in the brain to give a feelgood effect!

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