Parliament opens House of Lords dining room to the public

By Sophie Witts contact

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The Peers Dining Room has been opened to the public following the dissolution of parliament
The Peers Dining Room has been opened to the public following the dissolution of parliament
The Peers Dining Room in the House of Lords is to open to the public for the first time in the run up to the general election in May.

For a limited period only visitors will be able to enjoy a £35.00 three course lunch in the Palace of Westminster.

Dishes are based on classic British cuisine and include Slow cooked Ox Cheek with Irish Champ Mash, Classic St. George’s Mushroom Vol Au Vent with Truffled Béarnaise Sauce, Heritage Carrots, Salsa Verdi and Jus, and Elderflower Summer Pudding with Clotted Cream and Lavender Shortbread. 

The lunch menu will be available from 12pm - 2.30pm between 14 April and 8 May 2015, excluding weekends and public holidays.

Advance booking is essential and reservations can be made for a maximum of 10 people.

The decision to open the dining rooms to the public follows the dissolution of parliament this week.

Complaints about the restaurant services made by members of the House of Lords were famously made public in 2014 following a Freedom of Information request by The Independent.

Issues included what members perceived as ‘inferior cappuccino’s’ and one member who claimed he had been left 'scarred' after his dinner booking was cancelled suddenly, as his wife was 'unable to lunch elsewhere' because she was wearing a tiara.

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