In this photo from the Seventies, Edward, Lord Montagu and Fiona, Lady Montagu enjoy medieval-style dining in the Domus
Edward, Lord Montagu and Fiona, Lady Montagu turned the clock back 700 years when they first introduced medieval banquets in 1970 – and the tradition will be revived with two new event dates on December 21st and 22nd.
Event guests are invited to dine like a king or queen in the 13th century Abbey Domus which will again echo to the sound of a medieval celebration with feasting, frivolity and festive fun.
In the Seventies, the banquets became must-do social occasions that stepped back in time. Today they are the perfect way to celebrate Christmas with a difference with friends, family and colleagues.
Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538, the Domus was one of the few Beaulieu Abbey buildings to survive intact
Celebrate the festive season this year with medieval-style merriment
Surrounded by centuries-old oak beams and ancient stone walls, they will include a welcoming cup of traditional mead, followed by a three-course meal of traditional fayre, with platters of meats, vegetables and potatoes* at one of the great tables.
To book tickets for December 21st or 22nd at £39.50pp or to book a private gathering or corporate event, contact Leith’s at Beaulieu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01590 614787.
The first floor of the Domus was once used as the sleeping quarters of the Abbey's Lay Brothers.
For corporate bookings, why not opt for the full period-perfect experience with entertaining characters dressed in full medieval costume to bring an extra sense of occasion to the evening. Then add a modern twist with a DJ and dance until midnight.
Or alternatively, traditional Christmas two-course lunch or dinner are also available in the Abbey Domus for bookings of over 50 people at £29.50pp. For more details on Christmas and New Year options, click here.
* Vegetarian options are available.