This is a real touristy thing to do, and since we were playing tourists, we went ahead and went to dinner here.
To make things fun we rented medieval costumes when we arrived and put them on.. it most definitely made our experience fun!
So what exactly is this Medival Banquet - well it is a a theatrical dinner experience! This is like over 3 hours of entertainment ( with actors dressed as knights, magicians, jesters, strongmen, contortionists etc). with a 4 course medieval themed feast and, in traditional medieval style, unlimited house beers and wines as well as soft drinks! There are also live Medieval musicians and singers.
*Note: We had a vegetarian in our group and she had a fantastic time as they have a vegetarian 4 course menu too.
So the seating style is large banquet tables which you share with fellow guests. They bring out the foods, yummy chicken, pate, breads, cured meats, soup, vegetables and dessert -og those strawberries were a delectable delight! When our beer jugs were enpty we would shout"wench" and they would come and refill them :)
To really enjoy this expeience we would say, rent the costumes, relax, and join in the fun - singing and dancing included and I bet you'd have a jolly good time!
The staff are polite, the acts are fun, the food is flavorful - would we do it again? - ABSOLUTELY!
We had a fantastic night here (it is amaaazing for theatre/performances) but the food was pretty rubbish, and not even very medieval...so I guess it should average out at about three stars.
The good bits:
- So much drink! We didn't make the most of the all-you-can drink as we were all tipsy before we arrived...but the wine, ale and cheap bubbles flowed freely.
- The singing, dancing and acrobatics were really fun to watch
- The apple pie at the end of the meal was lovely
- It was really fun. They encourage lots of drunken banging on the tables, and you're meant to shout "wench" whenever you want some more ale/wine.
- If you love medieval history then you'll probably be a little disappointed as it's not authentic... at all.
- They try to get more money out of you as you're meant to pay for costumes...
- The starter was chunks of cheese, tomato and pate (with no bread...) we waited for ages to see if bread was coming, then attempted to spread pate on tomatoes or cheese(!) Only after we'd finished our weird concoctions of pate did the bread appear. Doh!
- Also, there tomatoes and potatoes in Medieval London!?
- The soup was okay, but not particularly well seasoned or tasty...
- The main meal was chicken legs in a pot + veggies. It wasn't terrible, I can easily roast chicken and veggies at home.
It's a shame about the food,
there are so many really cool historical medieval recipes they could have tried... if the food was a bit better/more interesting, this place would be a 5 star touristy experience.
Went there for a company holiday event. It was a total tourist trap, but it has large capacity, so for a last minute big group dinner, it can be an option. It just so happened that I sat next a history buff and he was pointing out that there was really nothing about this place was Mediaeval. First of the all, the venue was what he believed to be a warehouse which was build during Victorian Era rather than Mediaeval time. Then the main characters in the dinner show were actually wearing outfits from the Tudor period. I was utterly amused when he said that they shouldn't be serving potatoes, because they were not brought to Europe until 16th century, after the discovery of the New World.
However, most of the visitors here seemed to be entertained. Hey, it was people in old-time costumes singing, dancing, and doing acrobatic stuff, that was good enough. And it helped that you can have unlimited cheap wine and beer at the table. You certainly don't come here for food, which was horrible! That, I believe, was their attempt to keep with the theme with Medieval time when people hadn't discovered how to make food flavorful. The so called 5 course meal consisted of parsnip soup, salmon wrapped fish mousse, chicken with roasted vegetables, including potatoes, fruit pie and minced pie. I barely touched my food. Besides putting food on the table, another important job of the waitresses was to make your scream and shout and make noises.
It was a rather exhausting dining experience that I wouldn't recommend.
We ate at Medieval Banquet on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013. Because we were there with a group, instead of as individual diners we were served large platters of food that was pre-selected. First we had salad, then fish and chips and lastly vanilla ice cream. We were served room temperature water, with an option to purchase alcohol or soft drinks.
Although this place is touted as a costume-dining experience, we must have been there at a time when the staff were not changing into costumes and doing a show. So, several of our diners were left asking, "What was the point of us eating there?"
The salad, fish & chips and vanilla ice cream were just average...not great, but not bad.
Have you ever thought going to a Medieval Banquet just to do something different and experience what life was like in that particular time? We went as a large group on a friend's birthday party and it was absolutely hilarious and exciting at the same time. The banquet is staged Tues-Saturdays and lasts for three and half hours,departing from St Katherine's dock at 7.45 pm and the dinner and entertainment begin at 20.15. The evening's entertainment includes a 4 course meal with unlimited wine and beer.
You get to dine with HenryV111 and his Royal entourage,inclusive of fire-eaters,court jesters and ministrels to entertain you. The food is served by wenches,you can watch fighting knights and incredible feats of strengths .
After the show is over you either go on to the dance floor or take a two minute stroll along Tower Bridge for a majestic view of London at night.
Just to tempt you further the banquet is served by flickering torchlight in the vaulted cellars of Ivory House and I won't tell you what you get to eat because that would ruin the surprise.
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