Dine inside the House of Commons

As part of a programme to increase public engagement with Parliament the House of Commons are pleased to offer the opportunity to dine in the magnificent surroundings of two of its grandest dining rooms, the Members' and Strangers' Dining Rooms for lunch and dinner, where seasonal ingredients from across the United Kingdom are paired with sublime presentation and elegance.

Lunch service in the Members' Dining Room: 

  • Wednesday 31 May; Thursday 1 June
  • Tuesday 6 June, Wednesday 7 June

Dinner service in the Strangers' Dining Room:

  • Wednesday 31 May; Thursday 1 June
  • Wednesday 7 June
  • Tuesday 27 June, Wednesday 28 June
  • Tuesday 4 July, Wednesday 5 July
  • Tuesday 11 July, Wednesday 12 July
  • Tuesday 18 July, Wednesday 19 July

Table reservations for up to 8 pax, are available for lunch between 12:30pm and 1:30pm and dinner between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

At one time intended as a conference room and known as the ‘Painted Chamber’ after a room in the old medieval Palace of Westminster, Members’ Dining Room was created in 1871 following demands for more dining facilities.

The Strangers’ Dining Room was originally a Peers’ committee room, which was later transformed into a dining facility in approximately 1867, and renamed the Strangers’ Dining Room during the interwar period. When Parliament is in session, the room is used by Members to meet their guests and these visitors are referred to as "Strangers".

The House of Commons is a very British affair with the promise of courteous service and top end British cuisine. Classic styling comes in the form of white tablecloths and political themed art-lined walls. High painted ceilings, huge windows that look out over the Commons Terrace and carved oak panelled walls give this dining room a sense of grandeur and political intrigue unlike any other restaurant.

The menu

Expertly crafted by our in house team of award winning chefs, the menu is effortlessly stylish and celebrates fine British cuisine, modern and refined with the focus on seasonal ingredients.

  • Lunch fixed price menu, with coffee, at £50 per person
  • Dinner fixed price menu, with coffee, at £75 per person

The dishes feature some of the finest available ingredients sourced from across the United Kingdom.

Our great value wine selection lists a range of wines from across the globe, perfectly suited to enhance any meal.

The bar

Enjoy a preprandial drink before your booking in the resplendent surroundings of the Pugin Room, dedicated to the memory of Augustus Welby Pugin who directed the interior designs of the Palace.

The large gilt brass and crystal chandelier which commands the room is a piece that was initially commissioned for the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury by Pugin, and was once hung in the Great Dining Room at Alton Towers, Staffordshire.

The Pugin Room will be open from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for those with lunch reservations and from 6:00pm to 10:00pm with dinner reservations.

The dress code at the House of Commons is smart casual as a minimum. Collared shirts are preferred for gentlemen, with long trousers and shoes. Sportswear and trainers are not allowed in the dining room.

  • Smoking is prohibited, including the use of e-cigarettes.
  • Assistance dogs are permitted with prior notice.

Further information

Please note that the House of Commons (HOC) reserves the right to make a charge of £15.00 per person booked if a cancellation is made within 24 hours of the reserved time or if a confirmed reservation fails to arrive. The charge will be made to the credit or debit card details given to confirm the reservation.

The restaurant service may be suspended, or amended, at any time as part of HOC’s response to a significant risk, threat or instance of disruption from external events, agencies or persons, or other emergency or as a result of a change to the business of either House, for example in the event of a recall of Parliament, or because of a ceremonial or similar event of constitutional importance.

All persons and baggage are subject to security searches at any time. Customers shall bring no baggage larger than hand luggage (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) through any pedestrian security search point.

The personal data collected on this website will be held and processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘the Act’). The Clerk of the House is the data controller for HOC. The information you provide will be processed for the purpose of restaurant table reservations and will not be shared unless there is authorisation or a legitimate reason for doing so in accordance with the Act. The information you provide will be retained on the system for 3 years for the purposes of:

  • administering your reservation;
  • tailoring our services to your requirements and preferences.

If you have any concerns about what we will do with the information you provide, please contact the restaurant directly. General information about your Data Protection rights can be sought from the Data Protection Officer, tel. 020 7219 2032 or from the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.gov.uk , tel. 08456 30 60 60.

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