In the old days, £75 used to buy you a really, really short question in parliament.
Now, it’ll buy you a four-course dinner.
Times have indeed changed.
It’s all thanks to the Strangers’ Dining Room, which has just opened to the actual commoners. Opened in 1867, it was the exclusive haunt of MPs who wanted to grab lunch with a guest (aka “strangers”). After opening it up to Joe Public during the latest parliamentary recess, they’ve decided to make the move permanent, with a twice-weekly slot available to any and all who want them.
Believe it or not, the set menu is traditionally British, with starters like an apple salad with crab & chive creme fraîche; or Stilton mousse with candied walnuts. Moving to the mains, there’s a chargrilled lamb breast with aubergine béarnaise; plus some smoked haddock with mussels, cockles, and herb mash; and then desserts tipsy cake with orange ice cream and roasted pineapple. Which all sounds delicious…
…and those MPs can’t lord it over you anymore.
NOTE: The Strangers’ Dining Room is open now, and available to book Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between 6.30 and 8.30pm for up to 8. You can make a booking on their website right HERE.
House of Commons | St Margaret Street, SW1A 0AA
While you’re in Westminster… you should head to The Caxton Grill.