York does well for Halls. Between the Merchant Adventurers, Merchant Taylors, Jacobs Well, Folk Hall and the Guildhall there are a number of grand buildings ripe to host all manner of events. Arguably a touch less well publicised is Bedern Hall, just off Goodramgate, that has slipped under the radar in building itself up as a dining venue.
Now, Your Local Lunch Club at Bedern Hall offers a monthly lunch club serving local produce at a fair price. I have to confess it hadn’t really registered with me until I was asked to go along and take a look. It is a great hidden gem of a venue to have lunch with friends, take business colleagues, or fit into a shopping trip when in town.
I went along to lunch recently as a guest of The Local Lunch Club.
Looking round the venue was a nice chance to discover one of York’s hidden gems. Perhaps a touch more modest than the larger halls in York, Bedern – its building started from 1370 until 1399 to complete, is packed full of character and holds significant historic links to the Minster. In more recent history, it’s seen action as a bakery and a place for curing meat before restoration rendered it suitable for hosting a wide variety of functions. Roger Lee is the Director of Bedern Hall, as well as head chef who loves using his allotment produce for these monthly lunches.
The tables were clearly prepared for regulars and it was a pleasure to chat while we decided what to choose from the July menu.
There was an antipasti platter of cold meats or minted pea and spring onion soup for those in a hurry, but today a choice had to be made for a main course……confit duck leg with roasted vegetable cous cous and French peas, or beetroot and goats cheese tarts, or roasted red pepper stuffed with broad bean and asparagus rice, halloumi cheese and red pepper sauce.
Guess what I ordered? A sucker if the word ‘asparagus’ is on the menu.
And for pudding…..American style pancakes with gooseberries, elderflower syrup and cream underlined the lunch nicely along with a pot of tea. Bedern Hall is a lovely venue that deserves to see more of these lunches.
Membership to Your Local Lunch Club costs just £12 a year and buys you:
A two course lunch with coffee on your first lunch date
Advance notice of future lunch dates and other events at the hall
Discounts on all events at the Hall
Deals and discounts when you book Bedern Hall for your own celebrations or meetings (What a super wedding venue!!!)
Pop along to their website and become a member and invite a guest to lunch.