Pennethorne’s Bar is the latest opening at the iconic Somerset House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the all-day wining and dining destination now offers a private dining room for exclusive, desirable and stylish events.
Private dining Venues
Unique and unusual private dining venues to hire across the UK
Situated within iconic skyscraper Tower 42 in the City of London, Jason Atherton's City Social features art-deco style interiors against the backdrop of the breath-taking London skyline.
Located on the 24th floor of tower 42, Michelin-starred City Social is a show-stopping venue for a private party or private dining experience.
Purpose built in 1889, Roux at Parliament Square is the perfect Westminster conference venue which offers flexible rooms to cater for any occasion.
First class catering for your event is provided by Roux kitchen, fronted by Michel Roux Jnr and our Head Chef Steve Groves, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2009.
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#FORO, and how to deal with it?
Anyone in events will tell you that there are many things a guest will forgive; AV failing, the speaker not quite hitting the mark, but running out of food is not one of them. With 42% of event feedback being about food, it is important an event organiser gets this aspect of their event right. This is why #FORO exists, the event industry’s justified fear of running out.
To dine privately is to take people that matter the most in your world and bring them together under the universal language of food and experience. Whether they are friends, family, business colleagues, clients, customers, stakeholders or shareholders, the private dining area adds that little extra formality to an otherwise informal occasion.
More than a simple table booking at a restaurant, a private dining rooms shows care, attention, and an additional degree of grandeur that underlines the speciality of the occasion and of those that have been invited.
Food and Conversation
People love to talk about food; in the event world over 42% of feedback relates to the food, wine and delivery. Conversation revolves around it, it provides natural breaks in discourse, allows unfamiliar guests to create relationships around a universally common but utterly unique subject of food and taste.
The privacy of the room allows conversation to flow freely, without interruption from outside parties, or indeed, without the group disrupting others. Business or sensitive matters can be discussed in a less formal atmosphere than a meeting room, more time can be taken over important or challenging subjects, or more personal concerns.
Equally, private dining can turn into a private party, allowing for celebration and; a chance for loud stirring speeches or quite moments of reflection. Between friends or family, a group of colleagues or a team brought together to win a piece of business or execute an important project, the privacy allows the occasion to happen unencumbered.
Why Food Matters
Lime Venue Portfolio, through our partnership with Levy Restaurants UK have created the perfect blend of unusual and inspiring settings, united by premium quality food and service.
Food is an enabler for great conversation and company, but it is also a stimulator of it. A finely delivered, indulgent and extravagant meal fuels conversation. A wide range of options and dishes on the table creates intrigue and discussion. The way the food is served and delivered, be it the subtle use of cutlery or plating to create a luxurious experience, or food bought to life on the table with the pouring of jus or syrup or live carving at the table, all add theatre and spark dialogue.
Our menu’s can be equally complex or simple depending on the occasion and choice of private dining room. We create dramatic seven course experiences, tasting menus or more traditional, smaller courses, brought to life with clever notes and palate cleansers. From the amuse bouche to the cheese plate; every moment is curated with the dining experience in mind.
Similarly, our private dining venues offer wine lists which are sourced from around the globe, and designed to match the food, creating even more conversation. We can change the wine at every course, or leave fine bottles on the table for guests to choose from. Our approach and choice of wine says things about us as people; complex, extravagant, strong, mature, light, fruity or subtle. Conversation on wine brings the table together.
Chef’s tables are also growing in popularity. They provide an exclusive fine dining experience and let your guests understand the food they are enjoying even more. The Chef’s table at City Social within Tower 42 for example, enables guests to actually see the preparation of the dishes in the kitchen whilst they enjoy the glamorous setting and glorious city skyline views.
When food is poor the opportunity is missed, when it excels the environment is light and positive. The same can be said of service; either subtle and effective, or inefficient and distracting. At Lime Venue Portfolio we know this; we create menus that give options for every taste, variation or allergy. We create dishes that are exciting, playful, or softly spoken. We create academies for chefs, but also for service staff, so the delivery is always on point. We understand food and service, but we also understand where it plays its part in private dining.
The Importance of Experience
We do this because we understand that every event is an experience; that while a guest will come for the company, the food and the wine, what they will leave with will be memories and a fine experience. That’s why for the best private dining, the venue is the most important consideration.
It used to be the private dining option was limited to a sectioned area or separate room at the back of the restaurant. However, now more and more people are using venues for their private dining and the finest ones are always unique.
If you invite guests to an unusual venue, from Hatfield House to Beaulieu, from Panda Dining at Edinburgh Zoo to a private room overlooking the hallowed turf of Twickenham, you create a moment of anticipation that cannot be matched with traditional venues.
You also set a tone for the conversation and the company; you create another talking point, as part of the agenda for the day, or in keeping with the values of your business or friendships. The food excels, matching and beating many of the top restaurants choices around, and the setting adds to the experience.
At Lime Venue Portfolio we couldn’t be prouder about our partnership with our catering partners, Levy Restaurants UK, Leith’s, Restaurant Associates and Payne and Gunter. It’s through these great partners that we are perfectly positioned to offer you an amazing portfolio of unique private dining venues across the UK. We witness extraordinary experiences being created whenever our unusual private dining venues are served up alongside outstanding food.