Lords catering subsidy, menus and bar tariffs [FOI 978]

Request

    • Is food and drink subsidised in the House of Lords?
    • Information relating to each House of Lords catering outlet
    • Menus and bar tariffs

Response

The unique nature and working practices of the House of Lords means an operating loss on catering facilities is inevitable. The unpredictable nature of Parliamentary business and the House not sitting every week of the year requires a higher level of labour resources than would be the case in dedicated catering venues and therefore catering services operate with a subsidy.

The House of Lords is working to increase efficiencies and raise prices where appropriate in order to reduce the catering and retail services subsidy on a year by year basis. There has been a consistent reduction in the level of the House of Lords catering and retail subsidy since 2007/08. 

Information relating to the catering outlets and bars available in the House of Lords below.

Outlet

Access

Barry Room

Members’ restaurant accessible to  Members, certain senior staff and up to six guests

Bishops Bar

Members’ bar accessible to  Members, Clerks at the Table, Black Rod and the Yeoman Usher

Home Room

Members’ restaurant accessible to Members and certain senior staff

Lords’ Bar

General bar. Open to all full Parliamentary pass holders and up to 2 guests

Millbank House Cafeteria

Open to all full Parliamentary pass holders and up to 2 guests

Peers’ Dining Room

Members’ restaurant, accessible to Members and certain senior staff with up to five guests

River Restaurant

Open to all full Parliamentary pass holders and up to 3 guests

In addition to the outlets referred to above the House of Lords has 3 function rooms available for events sponsored by Members:

    • Attlee Room - The Attlee Room can accommodate receptions for up to 60 people and dinners or lunches for up to 32 people. 
    • Cholmondeley Room and Pavilion Terrace - The Cholmondeley Room can accommodate receptions for up to 250 people and dinners or lunches for up to 120 people. 
    • Peers' Dining Room - The Peers' Dining Room can accommodate receptions for up to 250 people and dinners for up to 120 people for dinner on Friday and 80 on Thursday

Menus and bar tariffs (PDF PDF 11.39 MB)