Butchers return home to Butchers’ Hall
Approximately 200 liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Butchers gathered for the first Court Lunch at the newly opened Butchers’ Hall following its refurbishment over the last four years.
“Welcome home,” was the message from Master Graham Baker, “four years on and 11 million quid later!”
The Hall now has a roof garden with fabulous views over London and many liverymen enjoyed a champagne reception there to toast their return to the Company’s home prior to lunch.
The Master continued: “The refurbishment of Butchers’ Hall now combines top-class facilities with the warmth, tradition and style of the meat industry’s spiritual home. We’re very keen that our industry takes advantage of all we offer as we strive to put Butchers’ Hall back at the centre of the meat industry.”
Situated within the stylish Barts Square development near Smithfield Market in the City of London, the changes at Butchers’ Hall are big.
Not only is the Hall where the Butchers’ Company call home, but it has been renovated to offer first-class and versatile event spaces which can accommodate full-scale conferences through to small business meetings and even grand weddings. Whether it’s a breakfast meeting, a lunch or dinner, formal or casual, Butchers’ Hall is keen to get across the message that it’s now an ideal venue choice for all. The famous Carvery Lunch is also firmly back on the menu too.
Liveryman and Meat Management editor, Pam Brook said: “Great to be back in Butchers’ Hall. There have been a lot of key people involved in making this happen and I would congratulate Margaret Boanas, Mark Adams, Chris Woods, Gerald Shortland, Steve Chick and Gwyn Howells in particular who have put together the new look Hall.
“I hope the meat industry will make good use of the facilities on offer and look to support it whenever they can.”
On what was a special day for The Worshipful Company of Butchers, four new liverymen were clothed: Graham Penny, Colin Turner, Steve Cook and Graham Penny.
Those wishing to apply to join the Livery or hire Butchers’ Hall can find more details at butchershall.com