Experience a night to remember

Kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, counts, countesses, princes, princesses, marquis, marquises, barons, baronesses and lords of lower estate and other nobles are invited to a medieval banquet of some standing at the place known locally as The Priests House.

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Dine like a noble

No matter the occasion, a medieval night at The Priests House is a night to behold. This is an event of joviality amongst family, friends or colleagues, a time to get to know each other in a totally different environment. Picture the scene as you arrive….the backdrop of the historic Barden Tower casting an imposing shadow, the solitude of the location providing an eerie darkness, the flaming lanterns greeting you up the orchard path with period music wafting in the air, real log fires burning away in the bar and dining room and staff in period costume serving you warm mulled wine in goblets.

Dine majestically on a feast of local produce, spiced and prepared the traditional way. There will be no chips on the menu, no pizzas either. The menu can be flexed, but only in so far as ingredients that were used in true medieval times, before the arrival of the potato and the chicken tikka masala. Dressing up in medieval outfits all adds to the ambience.

A man in a king attire inside the Chapel.
A medieval banquet in the Chapel

What we offer

Space may be at a premium in The Priests House itself but this just adds to the intimacy and authenticity of the atmosphere. Alternatively, for groups of more than 24 the newly refurbished Chapel provides an equally superb setting allowing for more space and options. For larger groups we can arrange for medieval entertainers.

Dine like Medieval royalty for £85 per person, which includes the menu, mulled wine on arrival and all of the wine and ale for the night. A typical menu is as follows:

Main Menu

  • Mulled wine
  • Mixed vegetable broth
  • Poachers salmon with wild dressed leaves
  • Roast poussin with thyme
  • Slow braised lamb shank, rosemary and red wine jus
  • Kings meat stew (rich stew of venison, pheasant, rabbit, beef)
  • Tartlet of apple and ginger with cinder ice cream
  • Cheeseboards

Vegetarian Menu:

  • Mulled wine
  • Mixed vegetable broth
  • Baked camembert studded with rosemary and herbs & cranberry compote
  • Stuffed bell pepper, oats and grains with a roast tomato sauce
  • Vegetable tower with celeriac, squash, aubergine and courgette topped with a red onion jam
  • Mixed vegetable stew
  • Tartlet of apple and ginger with cinder ice cream
  • Cheeseboards

Minimum numbers are 20. All food and allergy requirements can be catered for.

Rustic medieval set-up in the Oak Room
Medieval Chapel set-up with red floral pieces.
Two metal knights with candles in their armour and lanterns behind them.


Riding your mare home in the dark is not recommended.

You may be mistaken for a poacher or robbed at sword point! If you are looking to book on a midweek night we recommend you stay next door at the Barden Bunk Barn which sleeps up to 20, and is an ideal stopover so you can really enjoy the night without worrying about getting home. 

Light bulbs hanging down from a pallet lighting piece in an old barn.

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The Priests House
Barden Tower
Bolton Abbey
North Yorkshire
BD23 6AS

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01756 720616