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The Gourmet Lodge’s meeting at Cliveden Hotel

by Tim Sherwood

On Wednesday 22nd March 2023, The Gourmet Lodge held is lodge meeting at the historic Cliveden Hotel in Taplow Berkshire.  And, what a great night it was!

Cliveden has a very long and interesting history.  This history encompasses some notable as well as others that were infamous.  The house as we now see it was built in 1825 after a fire that destroyed the ordinal house that was erected in 1605.

It was a place well visited by Queen Victoria during her long reign, but its salacious past has always stood out.  In its early guise, it served as hunting lodge where the Duke of Sutherland entertained a vast number of guests including several of his mistresses and ended up having a duel which resulted in the death the Earl of Shrewsbury.

The infamy of Cliveden continued into the 20th century where Lord Astor, who owned the house, held the party where Christine Keeler had her notorious affair with John Profumo.  There were questions around spies and national security that led to the fall of the McMillian government.

Then the Gourmet Lodge arrived in March 2023 for its midterm lodge meeting and dinner.  Some 55 member and guests gathered in the early evening of 22nd March 2023 and before the meeting we all gathered outside for a celebratory photography before entering the wonderful French Dining Room which had been laid for dinner where, as our tradition dictates, we held our Lodge meeting.

We welcomed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master as well as several other distinguished guest into what can only be described as a spectacular and unique setting.

After we finished the lodge meeting, during which elected the new Master for the ensuing year, we left to room so the waiting staff could tidy it up and restore it to a fine dining room.  We then reassembled after a short drinks’ reception for a superb festive board with excellent food and company.

The Lodge would like to thank the management of Cliveden House for putting on an outstanding evening and, the sterling efforts of one of our members, W Bro Tony Caen, for both suggesting the venue and making all the necessary connections so the evening could happen.

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