House of Commons' dining room opens for events

The House of Commons will open its Strangers Dining Room to the public on a twice-weekly basis, and will also be available for exclusive hire.

House of Commons to offer weekly public dining
House of Commons to offer weekly public dining

Members of the public will be able to dine in the Strangers Dining Room on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 25 April until the end of October this year. Bookings are being taken now, and guests are able to book in for both lunch and dinner slots.

The Strangers Dining room was originally a Peers' committee room, before being transformed into a dining facility in 1867. When the Commons is in session, the room is used by Members of Parliament to meet their guests, who are referred to as "Strangers". Now, members of the public will be able to enjoy a set-price menu crafted by the House’s award-winning chefs, featuring a range of seasonal produce sourced from across the UK.

The space can also be hired for corporate events and brand experiences. The dining room can cater for 60 people seated, 100 for a reception and 64 theatre-style.

The decision to make the dining facility open to the public is part of the House of Commons' income generation scheme, which aims to reduce the costs of running the organisation by introducing new income streams. 

Mark Hill, executive chef at the House of Commons, said: "After the success of our pop-up programme during Recess periods, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the public to the Strangers' Dining Room on a twice-weekly basis, as the democratic process unfolds around them. We are sure that our combination of fine dining, historic surroundings and high-end service will provide them with a meal to remember."

More: On 22 April, catering service La Belle Assiette is staging a dining experience that requires guests to bring their own plates.

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