The Consorts’ Lunch

On a chilly and rather blustery day in February, a gathering of Consorts took shelter from the ravages of storm Ciara in the beautiful surroundings of Vintners’ Hall for the Mistress’ annual Consorts’ Luncheon. On arrival we were greeted warmly by the Vintners’ General Manager, Major Steve Marcham, who gave us a guided tour of the Hall and a glimpse into some of its secrets and fascinating history, highlighting the close association between our two Livery Companies.

We were privileged to be served a sumptuous luncheon in the historic Court Room, a place that has been in continuous uninterrupted use since before the Great Fire of London, although there was no sign of the resident ghost. The Mistress opened proceedings with a warm welcome and a thoughtful blessing, before we were served the delicious fare. Guests left with a beautiful personal gift from the Mistress, a Perthshire lavender bag, handmade by her with a little help from her mother before heading, en masse, to join members of the Livery at Girdlers’ Hall for a final Stirrup Cup.

Susan Cox