‘Your Local Lunch Club’ at Bedern Hall
York does well for Halls. Between the Merchant Adventurers, Merchant Taylors, Jacobs Well, Folk Hall and Guildhall, the city has several grand buildings ripe to host all manner of events. Arguably a touch less well publicised is Bedern Hall, just off Goodramgate, which has slipped under the radar as a dining venue.
‘Your Local Lunch Club’ at Bedern Hall is a monthly lunch club serving local produce at a fair price. It is one of York’s hidden gems – a place to have lunch with friends, entertain business colleagues, or fit into a shopping trip when in town. The building, dating back to 1370, is packed full of character and holds significant historic links to the Minster. Roger Lee is the director of Bedern Hall. He’s also head chef and loves using his allotment produce for these monthly lunches.
On our visit it was a pleasure to chat with regulars while deciding what to choose from the July menu. To start there was an antipasti platter of cold meats or minted pea and spring onion soup. Mains were either confit duck leg with roasted vegetable cous cous and French peas; beetroot and goats’ cheese tart; or roasted red pepper stuffed with broad bean and asparagus rice, halloumi cheese and red pepper sauce.
To finish we chomped on American-style pancakes with gooseberries, elderflower syrup and cream with a pot of tea.
Bedern Hall is a lovely venue and these monthly lunches are excellent. At the time of writing, membership to ‘Your Local Lunch Club’ costs £12 a year, which buys you two courses with coffee on your first lunch date, plus plenty of deals and discounts.
Why not pop along to their website, become a member and invite a guest to lunch?
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor