Twenty three Consorts, a glass of Champagne in hand, assembled at Vintners’ Hall for a pre-lunch tour. Guy Fairbanks, a Blue Guide, deputising for Steve Marcham who had an injured back, gave an insightful explanation of the history of Vintners Hall and its precious artefacts, highlighting some intriguing new anecdotes. Swan Upping was a particularly interesting topic as was the Chaucer link.
The Consorts were from both the Distillers Livery and other Liveries who the Mistress had met at previous engagements in the City.
Guests assembled in the Court Room to enjoy an excellent 3 course meal of poached rainbow trout, lake district lamb rump accompanied by superb white and red wines from the cellars, followed by a cinnamon spiced apple creme brûlée. The Mistress’s guest speaker, Rosie Campbell, Professor of Politics and Director of The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, then gave a ten-minute talk on her work and the aims of the Institute including challenges in the workplace. This was followed by a number of questions during coffee and port.
On time, the ladies caught taxis to join the livery lunch at Carpenters Hall in time for the Stirrup Cup which rounded off a perfect lunch.
Our thanks to Searcys for a lovely meal and to Steve Marcham for his help in putting the lunch on. Wishing him a speedy recovery!