London’s House of Lords Dining Room to Open to Plebs Pre-Election
The Peers' Dining Room in the House of Lords will open to the public in the run-up to the May 7 general election, as reported by the Steeple Times, allowing plebs like you and me to lunch like a lord.
The three-course menu priced at 35 pounds ($51.90) will be served on weekdays from April 14. The dress code is smart-casual, so feel free to leave your ermine robes at home. Tiaras are not required.
Don't expect modern cuisine. The only foam likely to be seen will be emanating from the mouths of aristocrats if they spot you picking up the wrong fork or passing the port in the wrong direction. Photography is not permitted, so no #selfies, please.
Typical dishes are likely to include pressed game terrine with baby leek and dandelion salad; slow-cooked ox cheek with Irish champ mash, heritage carrots, salsa verde, and jus; elderflower summer pudding with clotted cream and lavender shortbread.
While there's no word yet on the wine list, this possibly isn't the best restaurant in which to become drunk as a lord.
Advance booking is essential and there will be airport-style security searches, according to Parliament's website. Lunch will be served between midday and 2:30 p.m. from April 14 to May 8, except for weekends and public holidays. Dinner bookings won't be available. Call +44-20-7219-3395 or visit resdiary.com to make a reservation.
Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines.