If you fancy a good lunch in one of the City of London’s ancient livery halls – it’s possible. Livery Halls are usually only open to members or hired out for events, but the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, near the Barbican, holds monthly(ish) public lunches.

Butchers Hall (c) Butchers Company

Lunch starts with a drinks reception in the Foyer and the Carvery Lunch will be served in the recently refurbished Great Hall. You probably want to bring a coat, if only to have an excuse to go to the cloakroom – as you get to walk past the meat fridge with a viewing window into the larder.

The beef served at the Carvery Lunches comes from farms in the North West of Scotland and the South West of England, with some of it coming from Ballindalloch Castle itself, home to the oldest known Angus herd.

Pre-ordered dietary requirements are catered for, although as it’s Butchers Hall, it might be a bit awkward if you’re going vegetarian.

Three-course lunches cost £59 paid in advance, plus any additional drinks which you pay on the day. There is a dress code of business attire, as would be normal for a Livery Hall event.

The lunches take place on Wednesdays, with the bar opening at 12:30pm and lunch at 1pm and confirmed for the following dates.

  • 14 July
  • 11 August
  • 22 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November

Details here


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  1. David Thorn says:

    Is “business attire” for a livery hall related to the trade which they represent? ie for this should one dress as an actual butcher as that would be business attire for them…


    The web site is very informative in what is going on. The information people receive is so helpful and interesting.

  3. Ashley Mills says:

    Went to the carvery today, and my advice to anyone else reading this is… give it a miss. Sorry to say, as I was excited about the prospect, but I’ve eaten better roast dinners in a pub at 1/3 the price.

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