THE BRETHREN'S KITCHEN
The Brethren’s Kitchen has served food to Kings, Tudor nobles, Guildsmen, monks and the Brethren for 500 years. In bygone years, vegetables, herbs and fruit were grown in the Masters Garden, cooked in the Brethren's Kitchen and served in the Great Hall at lavish banquets. Today the Brethren's Kitchen is open to visitors of the Lord Leycester, as well as the general public, for breakfast, light lunch and cream teas. Food is homemade, fresh and, when in season, uses produce from the Master's Garden.
Opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday and on Bank Holidays 10:00 to 17:00.
NOTE: We are closed all day ( Buildings, Garden and Cafe) 21 -22 NOV and 9-13 DEC for BBC Filming. We apologise for this inconvenience but the revenue we receive for filming is very important and enables us to do repairs and conservation of this ancient site for Heritage visitors of the future - so we sincerely hope you understand. (Evening events continue as usual.)
PLEASE NOTE THE BRETHREN'S KITCHEN IS POPULAR AND GETS BUSY AT PEAK TIMES DURING THE WEEKEND WE THEREFORE RECOMMEND YOU BOOK IN ADVANCE AT WEEKENDS.
Please call 07307 621877 to make a reservation (speak to a member of staff from 9-5 pm or leave a reservation request after hours.)
Contact Nick at 07876333520 or email@example.com to discuss special events in the Great Hall.
There are some interesting historical artefacts in the Brethren's Kitchen: The room itself has been at the centre of cooking and preparing food at the Lord Leycester for five hundred years. The range inserted in the open fireplace was invented and installed by Flavels of Leamington Spa in 1854 at a cost of just over £21. The Brethren cooked and ate together here until restoration of the Hospital in 1966 provided them with self-contained flats. Look for the 16th century oak cupboard at the back of the Brethren’s Kitchen from Robert Dudley’s home in Kenilworth and reputed to have once belonged to Queen Elizabeth I. The story goes she gave it to Dudley for the Brothers to hang their robes in. Inside the front door on the right hand side as you enter is a 16th century padlocked ink well - its not easy to find so look carefully!