Fancy dining at the House of Commons over the Spring half term? Better be quick. Parliament has just release three dates that they'll be opening the Members' Dining Room to the public and bookings are already going fast.
The dining room will be open for lunch and dinner from 13-15 February. The room itself was designated as a dining room for members of parliament and their guests back in 1871. You can expect a full blown, fine dining sort of experience and a seriously good view over the Commons Terrace and the Thames. It's a great thing for any Londoner to do and particularly good if you have visitors coming into town.
Both lunch and dinner are fixed priced menus - £45 and £65 respectively and dishes are a pretty modern take using great British ingredients. Dishes that were on their pre-Christmas menus, to give you an idea, included:Potted Gressingham duck, sour dough bread,chicory and orange salad with maple syrup dressing Wild mushroom and tarragon panna cotta, dried onions, mushroom ketchup and brioche Baked fillet of cod with sea scallop and chorizo, giant chervil cous cous, wilted kale, caramelised butternut squash Plum ‘Paris Brest’
You can book for groups of up to eight people. Lunch runs between 12:15 and 14:15 and dinner between 18:30 and 20:30.
We've been before - and loved it - and would highly recommend you make time to have a pre-prandial drink in the Pugin Room which opens from 12pm for those with lunch reservations and from 6pm for those with dinner reservations.
Yes, there is a dress code - smart casual, so that's collared shirts, long trousers and shoes with no sportswear or trainers. And arrive promptly because, as you might imagine, there's a full security check before you're allowed in.
More about The House of Commons Members' Dining Room
How to book: On their website www.parliament.uk/dining.
Where: House of Commons, St Margarets Street, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA